Hey! So a couple of rules before we can play together. You have to tell me a story about yourself, and we have to take the Harry Potter quiz together and land in the same house. Otherwise this is just not gonna work. Oh and we have to be friends. Life is way too short to surround myself with “clients” so, hope you’re on board, dude.
A little bit about me: I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have two fur-children, Penny & Elliott. We live in Chicago (Why? Because pizza.) Also, I have a scar from jumping off a giant waterfall in Costa Rica. It earned me the nickname “Cliff-Hanger.” There’s a painful story there. #worthit. I have a sarcastic sense of humor. I love to read. I’m originally French (yes I speak it.) And I’m a softie for animals. All of them. I am DYING to meet an elephant. If I ever do I think I’ll cry. Like, Kristen Bell-meeting-a-sloth cry.
The serious stuff: I have spent my entire life involved in the arts, and it is a huge part of me as a person and as a professional. As a child I painted, danced ballet and played piano. In college I was accepted into my school’s Fine Arts program and continued to grow artistically in various media, including painting, illustration, screen printing, and finally photography. After graduating, I worked with a local photo studio, but soon realized that in order to be true to myself and work in a way that made me not only happy but proud, I needed to venture out on my own.
I am a story teller and an art maker. My approach is to create honest, meaningful imagery around real people. I don’t need my subjects to be perfect and I don’t want their homes to be staged. I just want them to trust me enough to be themselves. I want to get to know YOU. That’s what makes my job interesting, the fact that each subject is new, and different, and tough. It’s a challenge to figure out who you are. Who you really are. Behind the public version of yourself, beyond the camera-caused nervousness. I have to find you. So we both have to be honest & vulnerable with each other. That’s how we get there. It’s hard. Each time. But man, nothing is more fulfilling or brings me more joy than when I can gift you with a beautiful piece of yourself.