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      I shoot from the heart documenting the life and emotion of your wedding day. Many of my couples feel awkward in front of the camera, so I put them at ease. Or perhaps, you're looking for a stealth photographer capturing your day unobtrusively. If so, then I'm your guy.

      My style, my philosophy, is a hands-off approach, capturing your day unobtrusively in a documentary style. Sure I take group photos and pictures of the two of you, an integral part of your special day, but they're pretty quick. I'm hooked for the decisive moments and the emotional resonance.

      I've spent an unhealthy amount of time in darkrooms, developing rolls of film and printing lots of black and white prints. I learned from amazing mentors. Over time, I've refined my craft heavily influenced by photojournalism.

      For me, be it weddings or street photography, I love to work with available light, waiting for everything to come together in the frame. That is, light, composition, geometry forming the structure to my image. Much of what I see is anticipating the moment, which brings me much intellectual joy. Then it's a matter of squeezing the shutter to try and capture 'the decisive moment.'

      I'm also an occasional speaker, available for general photography and gearing up for wedding workshops in the summer and winter of 2020, street photography, and private mentoring sessions.

      Inspiration comes from numerous photographers. But I suppose my heroes of sorts are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Robert Doisneau, Don McCullin, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb and well, the founders of Magnum.

      My studio is stocked full of photographer books and is my grounding in my ongoing education and craft. To this day, I continue my learning about art and design in this never-ending journey of discovery.

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      Mother and grandmother of the bride help bride with her veil at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio Texas - WPJA Award winning image