It all started with an Argus 35mm rangefinder camera. I’ve had many throughout the years but this is the one that still sits next to me every day in my office, reminding me of how lucky I am to be living my dream as a full-time artist—doing what I truly love for a living. I never get tired of it. It’s always a new adventure—whether I’m shooting a wedding or out capturing the beauty of an ordinary day in an extraordinary way.
And while passion might be a clichéd term, it means something special to me. It’s what turned a childhood hobby into a lifelong career and what continues to make me work a little harder, push a little further, and strive to be better than I was the day before. It’s helped me evolve my process, fine-tune my skills, navigate an industry that was turned upside down by technology, maintain a successful business in my hometown, and turn countless clients into friends.
Though I’ll always have a special place in my heart for cutting film and mixing chemicals in that homemade darkroom in my parent’s basement and for my first professional job at the photography lab at Penn State, the day I started using that camera to connect people with their favorite memories is the day I never looked back. It’s those personal connections I make on a daily basis through my photographs that inspires and drives me to do my best work.
Through the years, my focus and philosophy have always remained the same: capturing life’s beautiful moments; revealing stories of love, fun and laughter; and providing timeless images that never go out of style.
Weddings: Connecting People and Memories
I’ve had the honor of documenting hundreds of State College area weddings—events large and small; at traditional venues and also some unique locations; for a variety of cultures, budgets
As a photographer, I’m dedicated to preserving the beauty I see around me every day, and nowhere is this more rewarding than when I’m capturing the love, emotion
I channel all of this passion into my photographs, and artfully create and edit images that will help you relive the emotions and intiment moments of your wedding. This day will go by in a blink of an eye, and I’m there to make sure you don’t miss a minute of it!
Knowing where to be, what light to look for, what angle to photograph from, and how to handle unexpected situations…that’s where my skills and experience really come into play, and what sets me apart from all of the other photographers.
Penn State Photography: Connecting Memories to Places
I was born and raised in State College, graduated from Penn State and based my business here—Happy Valley will always be my home! I have a deep connection to the area and love photographing the Penn State campus from unique angles and fresh perspectives.
I’ve built a collection of images that capture rare, quiet moments that showcase the natural beauty of the area’s most beloved landmarks—including my series of historic Penn State elm
My work has been featured in local and national publications and can be seen at the area’s annual fine art shows, on the walls of local businesses, and at various State College art galleries.
I’ve also had the honor of taking the official Penn State Blue Band portraits for the past 15 years—one of my all-time favorite gigs!