It was on the final leg of a 100-day voyage around the world that I first experienced the nostalgic effect of the photograph. We were due to arrive back in San Diego in a few days and the photographer who’d been commissioned to document the voyage showcased a selection of some of his favorite images from the trip. I had seen most of the people, places and moments in person, but I was completely floored by the 2-dimensional projections. I decided at that moment that I wanted to make pictures like that. Shortly after my return home, I picked up a camera and began my exploration of photography. I would photograph anything and everything, at first, simply wanting to capture what it was that I was seeing and experiencing, but as I spent more time with a camera in hand, I discovered the compulsion to not only document what was going on around me, but to do so with an intentional aesthetic. I didn’t just want to take pictures, I wanted to take good pictures. I wanted to take the best pictures I possibly could.
After graduating from San Diego State University in 2008 I decided to become a photographer full-time. Over the last 9 years I’ve had the chance to meet, work, and celebrate with clients from around the world. Photography has taken me across the US and Europe, and has given me a chance to document moments brave, quiet, joyful and serene for people I’d have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise. To be a photographer is a wonderful and humbling privilege.
I now live and work out of Orange County, California, with my wife, Sara, and our kids, Curran & Cleo. Outside of weddings, I like to spend my time with family and friends, sharing a good meal, reading a great book, and riding a fun wave.
Bio image courtesy of James Moes