(photo courtesy of Justin Shaffer)
I've always been drawn to moments.
Working in nearly 30 countries, I’ve been a student, a musician, a singer, an Army Infantry soldier, a missionary, a producer, a photographer, and a filmmaker. Whether it’s instagramming from skyscraper rooftops in New York City or traveling deep into the villages of Africa, I love seeking out moments of hope & breakthrough in order to preserve them.
My creative approach—no matter the medium—is to find melodies of hope behind the idea I’ve been introduced to. For me, photography isn’t just about taking a picture, but rather, a way to arrest your audience. It’s a way to plant a little bit of intrigue into their hearts; a yearning to know more about the subject they are viewing and to somehow feel connected to them.
I've created two personal projects that I continue to work on — LookItsMonochrome & LookItsHeroes. The Monochrome project started with a group of friends with whom I photographed to fund a project to photograph my grandfather's VFW post in Ohio. Over the course of about two weeks, I had nearly 80 people sit in front of my camera and eventually funded the project at the VFW post in Ohio, meeting the heroic veterans who all served during every theater of war dating back to WWII. That was the beginning of LookItsHeroes for me and it was a memorable experience that I continue to expand upon to this day.
I specialize in documentary & fashion portraiture and currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I have an obsession with donuts and will probably invite you out for one (or six) when we hang out in New York so be ready. I'm available for international and local assignments so shoot me an email and let's tell stories together!