Conceptualization through previsualization. For any photoshoot, I like to come up with a story behind the images to be taken — figure out a theme and a style for the scene.
Mood goes hand-in-hand with story, and helps to further illustrate the themes at play. Drama? Light and airy? Vibrant, clean, grungy....so many choices, and I love exploring them all.
ALL the Food
Seriously. And no, I don't know where it all goes. I'll thank my parents for my good genes that I can eat without much consequence...yet. But life's too short anyway — eat the cake.
I believe that visual imagery is a powerful form of communication at a visceral level. Humans are visual creatures — we are drawn to sights that stimulate our minds and evoke an emotional response within us.
As we've become flooded with stimuli through the prolific rise of social media, I endeavor to produce images that ignite the senses and draw the viewer in — helping them give pause for a moment of their hectic day to lose themselves in an escape from reality.
By taking the time to think through the process as a whole — conceptualizing ideas but also contemplating the end result and use of the images I create, as well as the possible problems that can be encountered in post production, I can streamline my processes and minimize issues down the pipeline. This allows me to spend my time wisely both in the capture and retouching of images, and focus more productively without having to backtrack or make repeated edits later. Having more time to focus on the details ultimately allows me to fine-tune the important aspects of the process and create imagery that really shines.
MY BEST OFFERINGS
I've been exceedingly blessed to have acquired a fairly well-rounded experience working with a variety of subject matter, but my favorites would have to be:
Food + Drink Photography
I'll be frank — I'm a foodie at heart and utterly love the transcendental journey of trying new and unexpected flavors. Translating that experience through a visual stimulus brings me as much delight as eating the product does!
I feel invigorated by the challenges presented retouching fashion images — removing wrinkles from complexly patterened fabrics, correcting color to accurately portray products, and otherwise meticulously nitpicking the photos ignites both the creative and analytical sides of my brain simultaneously.
Still Life Photography
I love crafting a scene from objects to create a mood and tell a story. Antiques especially inspire me as they have such a history already imbued within their essence — finding ways to illuminate that both intrigues and humbles me.
At an early age, the ability to convey meaning and information through visual imagery fascinated me. Ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up while I was in grade school and my answer was, "An Artist." While I hadn't yet narrowed down my field of interest, I'd always known I wanted to do something creative. It was years later, in my teens, that I finally found a direction. Having bought my very own camera at twelve years of age with my paper delivery earnings, I was obsessed with taking pictures and scrapbooking my memories. One evening in particular, as I sat working on compiling a scrapbook while indulging in my second obsession of that time period — watching Wild Discovery on the Discovery Channel — I had an epiphany. I decided I wanted to become a wildlife photographer when I was but fifteen years of age, though my plans ultimately deviated a bit as I later came to realize my true passion lay not only in composing and taking photos, but also in the artistic, creative, and even technical execution of photo retouching. I'm as passionate about photo retouching as I am the capture of an image, and the technical side of my brain takes immense pleasure in analyzing and understanding the nuances of color and how it translates through print.
In 2006, I earned an Associates Degree for photography from the Antonelli Institute of Art & Photography. Six days after graduating, I began my professional career at Simone Associates Inc., a commercial photography studio in South Central, PA, where I was employed for five years as a Prepress Retoucher, gaining invaluable experience as my boss was an absolute master of lighting and was the perfect blend of fun-loving and professional. I have been fortunate to be able to utilize that experience and my skills with my current employer, ReminderMedia, whom I have been hired as a Photo Production Artist and Photographer since 2012.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Harry Potter and everything J.K. Rowling — but not Cursed Child
All iterations of Sherlock Holmes, but especially the BBC series
Dexter — Michael C. Hall is just so splendid
BBC's Merlin — so I've got a thing for fantasy
Which leads me to Game of Thrones...except no. Not with that ending. I didn't even watch the last two episodes as I read spoilers and didn't want to subject myself to that disappointment
Marvel and, well, most superheroes. Deadpool has an extra special spot in my heart
David Bowie. "Golden Years" is my favorite track. Still heartbroken over that loss
All Classic Rock, really. 90's Rock/Alternative too
Radiohead — I love how I can play them and just get lost in my head as I listen and disassociate from the world around me
A Perfect Circle & Tool. APC just a tad more, as I enjoy singing along [albeit badly]
Nine Inch Nails
R&B/Soul...surprised? Amazing mood music to get in the groove for pole fitness
English Bulldogs — squishy, wrinkly faces = love
HONEY...and also tea. I'm a lowkey honey connoisseur, as it were, and endeavor to one day raise honey bees. Also enjoy mead as an extension of honey
Tiramisu Cheesecake.....TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE, the two best desserts combined into one. YES
Interior Design/Decorating. I might've done that in a past life...I take immense pleasure in decorating a space, and change out my decor seasonally
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