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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category: boudoir-photography
Silks Shoot
Mar 31 2019

Silks Shoot a Silks shoot has been on my bucket list for quite a while. I had no idea that it would also be one of the more challenging shoots I've done.Challenge one: Getting Kylie into position with the lighting.Normally I would pose my model and make sure the lighting was correct. With the Silk...

category: noir-photoshoot
Noir Photoshoot
Oct 06 2019 18 min to read

Noir Photoshoot

With the 20's back upon us, Noir shoots are gaining in popularity. We used a variety of props and lighting techniques to capture some great images and tell a fun story. of the models during this shoot are...

category: cosplay-behind-the-scenes
Just Monika
Nov 15 2019 3 min to read

Just Monika are so many Animes and games out there that it's nearly impossible to hear about them all, let alone...

category: cosplay-behind-the-scenes
Behind the scenes on location
Dec 31 2019

Behind the scenes on location

My style tends to be more dramatic. I search for the shadows and the contrast and focus on the emotion.  During a convention at the Irving Convention Center, I was able to grab a couple quick shots of OMG Cosplay in her Mercy cosplay. As you can see in the photo below, it was an over cast day with plenty of clouds, but the background was too bright in order to capture them. The building itself created a lot of...

category: photography
Setting Photography Goals
Jan 15 2020

Setting Photography Goals

With the start of the new year, many people are creating their news year resolutions. I'm no exception. I usually have them written down in a notebook, but now that I have my new website, I want to publically post them so that I will be held accountable and constantly strive towards them. First, we need to get the basic ones out of the way. Go the gym more (3 times a...

category: photography pinup-photography
Pinup Swing Photoshoot
Mar 01 2020

Pinup Swing Photoshoot

Ever since I built out the new studio, I've been wanting to a Pinup style swing shoot. The problem was, I didn't have a swing, and I only had a single point to...

category: photography
Gothic Shoot with Fog Chiller
Mar 18 2020

Gothic Shoot with Fog Chiller

A couple weeks ago we did a DIY project to enhance shoots using fog and haze. Brian Kaylor, The Elusive Panda, did a fantastic job of not only converting an old cooler into a fog chiller, but also of filming and editing this video. My original goal was to do a shoot using low lying fog. As you can see in the video, when you are using just haze, it tends to dissipate quickly and spread around the studio. I wanted the...