I started shooting weddings because I was fascinated by the photographs from my own wedding. After only a few years had passed I realized that the same group of people would never be brought together again, and the photographs of the moments they had together became very special to me and my wife, Teresa. The formal portraits are nice, but the interaction, expression, and exchange of joy and love are the first photographs I turn to and spend the most time with. They are also what I remember and think of during moments of reflection. As the memories fade, these photographs take on special importance and have become the link through which I reconnect with friends and loved ones. In some way, I thought capturing those moments for others would preserve and maintain the connection I had for the people that were closest to me on my own wedding day. I was right.
When I am creating a photograph, either at a wedding or in the digital darkroom, I feel as though I am writing a symphony of sight. I want each image to have its own voice, to stimulate the audience and move them along a string of emotions. There should be ebb and flow, pauses and rests, a climax and an end. This journey starts at the wedding, when I see a moment unfolding before me, and capture it in a way that I think works best with the given light, colors, textures, patterns, and shapes. When entering a new room or location, I quickly find the positions that provide me the best view while also providing me with the best light — the light being of the most importance. Then I just watch and wait for the magic to happen, and do my best to capture them in a way that emphasizes an exchange of emotion. Then I move to the digital darkroom, and process the images in a way that will hopefully stimulate the senses and the emotions of the audience. I think that is the purpose of art. It is my goal with every image. It is my hope for you.