Why I photograph weddings:
Besides the fact that I am, of course, a romantic at heart, being a wedding photographer for me is ever-absorbing, a whole lot of fun and an honor, in equal measure. Despite any one wedding having elements in common with so many others, it’s anything but routine. I love the challenge that comes with the need to be organized and practical, but also flexible and ready for anything, on top of knowing when to interact as an artist, a documentarian, a ninja, a director, a cheerleader, a sociologist or a diplomat. And that’s not even the whole hat rack.
Most importantly, what’s for certain is that being in the middle of it all makes it just about impossible for the couple to really take in the whole affair, much less remember it. That’s really where photography comes in. Out of all of the pageantry and intimacy, relationships and interactions, expressions and details, chance occurrences and everything else that fills out the story, it’s my job to turn that into a rich, iconic collection of memories to be cherished down the road. What an honor it is for someone to entrust you with that. It’s also especially gratifying that my participation, as I’m told regularly, often actually contributes to the joy of the whole experience.
As jobs go, it’s not too shabby.
My favorite quote:
Never underestimate the power of a happy memory.
My favorite dessert:
Chocolate anything, almost. Unless it’s a good cannoli, then fugettaboutit. But back on topic, Portillo’s chocolate cake is pretty awesome.
My favorite place to visit:
I tend to favor forests and mountains, but I can find sanctuary in almost any beautiful, natural place. I haven’t settled on a particular location. It’s a big planet.
My ideal Friday night:
Haven’t the foggiest. Routine isn’t my thing, did I mention?
A little more about me:
Long before I made my living as a photographer, I was a kid in the early 1970s with a camera in my hands constantly. I was a regular fixture at a chain of funny little yellow-roofed huts called Fotomat. I’ve done a lot of things and I’ve lived in a lot of places since then, and it’d be tough to encapsulate it in a little blurb. But I’d like to think all of it has had a broadening effect on my perspective and, therefore, on my photography. Fun fact: I’ve been kissed by a giraffe, chased by a skunk and sung to by wolves. Not all at the same time, though.