About John

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As you can tell, I have NO personality.

I was born in a suburb of Milwaukee and my parents MADE me move to California with them two years later. I was fascinated with my mom’s Polaroid but was intimidated by the cost of those packets of film. The first time I really remember using a camera was my last day of high school when my friends and I got together at the local IHOP and ate breakfast together and I documented what was going on. While I don’t want to tell you what year that was, I can tell you it was film and the ability to capture people organically being themselves was exciting.

Fast forward a few years and I was asked at my day job to photograph a wedding since I had “a big camera”. I did it and found it amazing to capture people on the most important, beautiful and emotional day of their lives. That wedding lead me to 3 more, and then 10 and now I average about 25 per year. I’ve made a significant investment in camera equipment and lug close to $20,000 with me to every wedding to make sure that I have the right tool for any job.

My goal is to make you feel like a guest at your own wedding. The photos I capture reflect truly organic candid moments, emotion, energy, details, people, places and things. My main job is to capture what is happening. But when that doesn’t happy, I also have the willingness to create shots which aren’t happening by themselves by naturally posing people or doing what it takes to better a photo.

For 5 years I did improv and stand-up comedy in Hollywood which has allowed me to use my personality to adapt to a wide variety of people. Be it stress, drama, fatigue, exuberance or intimidating, I’ve dealt with all sorts of people and have the personality to accommodate it and still get great photos.

My photos bleed color. I do black and white as well, but when color adds to a photo, I keep it in there. For years I have traveled the globe and done landscape photos which complements the weddings I do by being able to provide a location context to the event. No need having a wedding in Italy if the photos don’t look like they were in Italy. Or the beach or open field or whatever location you determine.

I love what I do and as you can see I’ve done a lot of different sorts of photo shoots. Let me know how I can serve you.

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