Which is your all-time favorite wedding moment and why?
My favorite wedding moment was John and Shipra’s first dance. The venue was lit beautifully, her dress flowed like something out of a disney princess cartoon, and as they sashayed across the dance floor a hail of confetti came down around them. What an amazing moment!
What is your favorite wedding-day story?
I once shot the wedding of an MMA fighter. We had a few moments alone, and while chatting it up with this mountain of a man, I asked him if he was nervous. He replied, “Nervous? It was ten years ago today I went on my first date with her, and she only gets more lovely and more beautiful every day. I’m not nervous, getting married to her is the easiest decision I’ve ever made. I only wish we had done it sooner.” Seeing a man who could tear you apart with his bare hands getting weepy about his fiancé was quite a moment.
What is one item you just cannot live without?
I can’t live without my family recipe book. I’ve been collecting family recipes for years, from my grandmother’s apple pie, to my dad’s chicken and dumplings.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a comic book artist when I grew up, but as I grew older, I realized I didn’t want to spend twelve hours a day sitting at a desk drawing alone. So I tried painting, sculpture, photography, and then video. The part that stuck with me through all of this, was the art of visual storytelling. To me, video is the perfect combination of story telling, social interaction, and technology.
Why did you decide to be a videographer?
I started in photography because it was fun, and it helped me talk to girls (I was 15). A while later I started experimenting with video, and I found it to be a better fit for me. I watched a ton of TV and movies when I was young, and still do, so I’m always thinking about how to bring a story to life through film.
What is your favorite spot in the Bay Area?
I’ve always had a soft spot for Benicia. It’s like a real life version of Pleasantville or Mayberry. A perfect little slice of Americana. Alternatively, I also love the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. It really is an amazing city.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
A few fun facts about me: I’ve traveled to over 25 countries, lived in England and Japan, play guitar, I climbed Mount Fuji, have two degrees (one in fine arts and one in photography), and I’m originally from upstate New York.
When i first saw your portfolio in your studio, I was impressed by your talent and vision. Many thanks for all the gorgeous photos! They are very artistic and unique and will remind us of our special day and all the great moments we had..you’ve done a fantastic job!