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I am a Raleigh based commercial photographer that has been in the photography industry since 2013. I specialize in real estate photography and product photography. Office lifestyle photography is one of my favorite niches as well. I also have a ton of experience photographing events, expos and headshots. Some of my other services include family photography and I recently(within the last year and a half)started dabbling in wedding photography!
One thing that sets an experienced photographer like myself apart from others is that, being able to adapt to ever changing lighting scenarios. There are an infinite number of challenging lighting situations that occur with each event. Knowing what equipment to use and HOW to use it is crucial for providing the client with the quality they are paying for. The old saying, "You get what you pay for" rings true in photography.
I was in the U.S. Coast Guard for five years before transitioned over to the public service sector. I was in the public service space for eighteen years. After retiring from that, I was taken under the wing of a local commercial photographer who taught me almost everything they knew about photography. During this time, I was assigned many events to photograph as well as 100's of headshots.(in studio and on location)
I have had many opportunities to photograph some of the best and well known speakers in the world as well as many not so famous people. Regardless of fame, each client receives the same high quality that I offer for events.
A lot of the learning was trial and error and it took me a while before I developed the mysterious "artist's eye."
After wading and muddling my way through all of the niches in the photography industry, I became set in my decision that I wanted to learn as much as I can about real estate and product photography. My product photography has provided quality images for those who sell on Amazon, eBay, high end ecommerce sites as well as local, brick and mortar stores. One of my clients actually used some of the images I shot for him on the well known show, "Shark Tank" to pitch his products, where he won a deal with them!
My hobbies? My family and I love the outdoors. Anything that gets us out in nature is what we are into!
My personality? I have a quirky and sometimes dry sense of humor and I feel that I get along with anyone. My positive attitude sometimes seems a bit over the top, but that is who I am. I am a total dork and love to cut up.