About me


I think the most rewarding part about being a photographer is when after a photoshoot, the model looks at their photos and squee's "That's me!"

My journey started in 2001 when my parents gave me a  Minolta SLR. I forget which brand it was, but it was grey and awesome. I took it everywhere, did a ton of shoots with my friends and quickly realized how expensive it was get the pictures developed.

In 2005 I made the switch to digital with the Canon 20D. I was still very much an enthusiast, but my work was getting better as I could quickly see what the finished product was and I could take more images without having to run to the store to get them developed.

I was always taking my friends out for mini photoshoots, and pestering them to pose.

It wasn't till 2011 that I found my niche. I rented some mono lights from the local camera shop and loved the lighting control they provided. Soon afterwards I built my first studio, invested in my own lights and modifiers and have slowly been growing my collection since then.

While randomly at the Hyatt Regency, I stumbled across A-Kon and discovered cosplay. The cosplayers there put so much work into their craft and the costumes were so unique that I couldn't help but wanting to get more involved. Plus, I'd get to do shoots of some of my favorite fandoms. (Final Fantasy, Doctor Who, Disney mashups)

While working with cosplayers both at conventions and in the studio, I focused more on posing and lighting. Honing my skill set in order to best capture the character. A cosplayer may know how their character looks and practice in a mirror to get everything right, but there still might need to be minor adjustments made for the camera. I also worked on being able to give posing direction and to this day it is still one of main areas of continuous study.

I've had some pretty amazing adventures over the years, and have the pictures to prove it. Through it all, it is the pictures of mine that you share, that makes me love photography.

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Honey Heartbeat is a new North Texas Idol group that I recently had the pleasure of working with. The goal for this shoot was to create promo pictures for their social media debut.

This was to be one of the largest group shoots I’ve done with 9 models, their manager, and about 4 or 5 significant others and friends helping out. 

As this was a new group, I wanted everyone to feel welcome, as well as know that they had arrived at the studio. We had our sign out front greeting everyone as they drove in.

My wife and I purchased this chalk board for our wedding in 2018 and afterwards we had it sitting in the entrance way, wondering what we could do with it. I think we had the idea at the same time to use it for photoshoots. (We kept the bottom words the same as a little reminder of it’s initial purpose.)

Honey Heart had already determined a color scheme. The group wanted a yellow backdrop; luckily I had a yellow backdrop in the garage that I had used for a Mother’s Day shoot a couple years ago. It was a great match for the look they were going for.

For lighting, I used a 7′ umbrella with a diffuser as the key light, a medium soft box for fill and a strip light for back lighting. Most of the photos were shot at iso 100, f/8, 1/125th of a second.

Their manager had a well-developed social media strategy and knew all the shots he wanted to get for the group. He even helped out by demonstrating some of the poses. (Saving me from having to do so myself.)

This allowed me to focus on making sure the lighting was capturing their best looks and offering minor adjustments to the poses.

Through it all, the group was taking some behind the scene shots and boomerrangs.

Be sure to check this group out on Instagram at HoneyHeartbeat and follow them for more photos!


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