Photographer based in Philadelphia, PA
I document and preserve the once-in-a lifetime moments as they unfold at your wedding and capture the natural beauty and emotion in order to tell the story of your wedding day. I strive to be unobtrusive and record real moments as they happen. I create a wonderful experience for you before, during and after. My goal is to meet and exceed your expectations. I don’t follow trends, I create them.
I’m a husband, father, uncle, friend, artist, photographer, cook, speaker, musician, handyman, and teacher. I’m passionate about my family and my work. I love working with my hands and expressing myself through the creative freedom of photography. With more than 30 years of experience, I have photographed various celebrities and my photos have appeared in numerous modern luxury and bridal fashion magazines. From an early age, I was fascinated with taking pictures. This prompted my mother to buy me my very first real camera at the age of seven. I haven't put a camera down since. Aside from this moment, I may never have become a professional photographer if it weren't for other special events that occurred later in my life:
I was selected as the drummer boy in the movie TAPS. This role gave me the opportunity to meet and photograph some of Hollywood's most talented stars: George C. Scott, Tom Cruise, Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, and Giancarlo Esposito. Award-winning cinematographer, Owen Roizman, A.S.C. showed interest in my candids during the many months of shooting the film. He complimented my "nice eye" and said that the photographs showed "great composition." Owen urged me to seriously consider pursuing photography as a profession. After the production of TAPS, I graduated from Cinnaminson High School and was offered a performing arts scholarship to study percussion; however, I fell in love with the thrill of capturing the artistic images from behind-the-scenes, so I refused the scholarship. Inspired by Roizman's comments, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue photography.
I enrolled at Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography in Philadelphia. At eighteen years old, I photographed my first wedding at a Cinnaminson park for my girlfriend's sister. The pictures were actually in focus! In my learning years, I began as an assistant photographer shooting Acme food advertisements (making $3 per hour), shooting New Jersey Elementary and High School portraits, and freelancing with wedding studios to stay busy on the weekends. I graduated from Antonelli as one of the top students in my class with an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology and an ambition to form my identity as a photographer.
I discovered that my forte is “the wedding.” This revelation motivated me to work as the exclusive photographer for Philadelphia Weddings along with a group of elite stylists and makeup artists who Kate Frey, the publisher at the time, assembled. My creative eye attributed to the highly successful magazine, which brought fashion and couture to the bridal market. The magazine was later purchased by Conde Nast (Brides Magazine).
Through this experience I developed many relationships in the industry, and not just in the Philadelphia area, but all over the nation. I researched and participated in many seminars to learn the trends of wedding photography, and from this, I was able to hone my own style. Wedding photography requires more than beautiful images; it requires images that portray the journey of the wedding day in a documentary, fashion-forward style. This unique style that I possessed was in demand. I broke the old school trends of wedding photography because I anticipated the moment and then captured it. When it came to the wedding formals, I applied my commercial and fashion background to create naturally posed photographs where everyone is comfortable.
After experiencing many years of success as a photographer, my wife was thumbing through Philadelphia Magazine and called me on the phone to tell me that I was awarded "Best of Philly: Best Wedding Photographer." Achieving this award was an amazing feeling and I viewed it as an achievement for the entire industry because, before me, the city never awarded a photographer an honorable recognition of this caliber.
Today, there are a lot more photographers than ever before, but it all comes down to personality, style and experience. I view all of my photoshoots as an opportunity to capture once-in-a-lifetime memories.