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Back to the future…

 So now, I make photographs of people. But it is not just about the photograph. It is really what happens during the process of making the photograph. Having someone make you a photograph is a powerful experience. It is not normal for most people to have a camera pointed in their face and be directed by a stranger that may or may not be a serial killer. Sorry, my wife and I are fans of Criminal Minds. Anyways, our natural reaction to this is to emotionally run away and hide in the corner, which usually results in a look that vaguely resembles a deer in headlights. It causes people to look, “out to lunch.” And when coupled with the fact that we have less than seven seconds to make the best first impression, you might see where this phenomena becomes problematic. You will not get hired looking like you just saw a ghost, unless you’re Zak Bagans.

Let me take a minute…

…to reminisce about growing up in the ‘burbs of the Pacific Northwest. That’s right, I was born and raised in picturesque Sasquatch country. Yup, my life was the quintessential suburb experience. There was Disneyland, camping trips, and the obligatory summer vacation in Eastern Washington which is where wine comes from. There were weekend ski trips too, which eventually led to heavy consumption of snowboard magazines, which then led to a fascination with photography, which ultimately led to me taking a bunch of photography classes in high school because I wanted to be like Blotto and Andy Wright. It also could have been all the Spielberg movies I watched while the television was babysitting me. My therapist and I haven’t gotten there yet so, I can’t be certain.

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enter the photographer…

Because regardless of what you think, every human out there is capable of looking good in a photograph. The problem is we see ourselves through the extremely critical lens of our own minds. Who we think we see in the mirror every day is not always who the rest of the world sees. A stranger looking from the outside in doesn’t always see the same things we think we see about ourselves. So, it is my duty, as the photographer, to chill people out; to cool their jets, so that they can forget, for a fraction of a second, everything they hate about having their picture taken, act normal in front of the camera and get the shot(s) that will draw people in. I have worked in customer service my entire professional career and used to teach six-year-olds how to snowboard. Now I coach adults how to look good in front of the camera.

a little speed dating…

My wife and I live in Bellevue, WA and we both love to travel. My friends and family always use to tell me that I should have been born in the 50’s due to my obsession with old cars and old music. But, I’m also obsessed with the future. For flying cars, weekend trips to the moon and robots that deliver our packages. I also love road trips, Disneyland and dogs. I enjoy waking up before the sun and the process of building something meaningful.

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