I never thought that one day, I would be taking photography as seriously as I do now. I guess when I was in school, learning to be a graphic designer, photography just seemed so over complicated and painstakingly time consuming. Back in those days, photo classes meant you had to buy all the film development tools, rolls of film and printing paper just to spend hours upon hours, developing pictures. All this from a camera I knew little or nothing about (borrowed it from my aunt). I wasn't until almost 10 years later, my passion for men's clothing and creating my men's lifestyle magazine, did I even think about doing photography. It started with taking photos of people on the street, I'm sure at the time, I thought I was Scott Schuman of the Sartorialist or some cool fashion photographer. As my interest heightened I ebayed a Canon 7D, and my girlfriend at the time, super supportive, gifted me it as a present. I Av'd my way through the first year of shooting with it and it spawned something in my that I had lost the 4 years prior. When i was in school, I had such a drive and will to want to be the best at graphic design. I would spend time learning new techniques and wanting to do everything I could to get better in my field. It never came easy. I always needed to put the hard work in to get something good. When I started taking photo's I was a true challenge in learning the camera, communicating with people, learning how to use manual mode. Everything took research, having the camrea in my hand, messing up a lot of photos. I'm still FAR from knowledgeable about photography, but I think that being excited about something again, learning something so foreign to me, has helped over the last few years of my design and really given me a new perspective on things like where I live (new york), who I work with, what kinds of things I gravitate towards aesthetically. Even in a world of cellular devices, where access to a camera is so easy, I always want to shoot with a camera, more so than I've ever had before. Capturing moments that seemed so insignificant, but when you take a step back, are usually quite beautiful.
IF YOU'RE LOCATED IN NEW YORK CITY, LET'S SHOOT!
Like a lot of photographers, I'm willing to work with people with little to no budgets and really get better at what we're both doing. If you're a blogger, an influencer, a model, an actor... Whatever you want to work together on, feel free to contact me and we can discuss creating something fun and new.
Can't wait to hear from you all,