WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
I was always interested in film and photography. My mom gave me a broken old Kodak Instamatic X15F to play around with when I was a little kid. Since it couldn't take a picture, I would spend my time fooling around with it composing shots, studying the light through that tiny viewfinder and looking for inspiring subjects to shoot. Once I finally had a real working camera, I was ready to go.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I prefer film and use it when I can because I like the organic feel and insane dynamic range it has, but it's not always viable option to work with. Most clients don't really care either way unless it is critical to their project. With digital post being what it is now, emulating the look of film is much easier.
WHAT KIND OF SHOOTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK ON IN THE FUTURE?
More conceptual pieces. Character and personality driven work. Documentary shooting would be interesting. Telling a larger story in one frame.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?
1. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks or what anyone else is doing. Do your own thing.
2. Only buy what you need.
3. Back up everything…twice.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
In addition to photography, I have a production studio as well which does a lot of different projects ranging from films to commercials to music videos. I'm lucky enough to write, direct and shoot a lot of them. Sometimes it's nice to shoot with a larger crew and other times it's just nice to have you and the camera and whatever you're shooting and not have to worry about going into meal penalty.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
Anything. Grab an iPod, hit shuffle and see what happens.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Traveling. Writing. Shooting (in the studio or on the firing range). Finding new locations. Spending the day in B&H.\