"My true interest was in creating images rather than finding them. I had originally been a painter, so the transition to building composites and creating conceptual imagery wasn’t as crazy as you might think - I just took an interesting road to make that realization."
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"Much of my work is either portraits or conceptual scenes. For portraits, I try to make my subject a character in some kind of narrative, so that the image represents a story or an idea. Sometimes those characters are based on the actual person, other times the person serves only to represent an entirely fictional character, in the same way an actor would in a feature film."
"In my mind the best way to learn strong post processing is to refine your taste so you know what you’d like to achieve and then master the technical side of the software so you know what you need to do to achieve it."
"The internet has leveled the playing field as far as learning the ins and outs of Photoshop. What is more difficult to learn is attention to detail, taste and refinement. I’m constantly learning."
"I still really enjoy traveling, and also doing work which gives back to the world. Late last year we traveled to Uganda with the non-profit Invisible Children to create images for their KONY2012 campaign. I felt honored to be able to help such an amazing group who are fighting for a cause that I believe in, to create imagery which will continue creating awareness about what is going on in Central Africa."
"My camera is like a key to amazing experiences and I love photography as much for the images I create as the journey I’m on in creating them."
"Understanding light and how to shape it is one of the most important elements in doing what I do. My images are based on carefully crafted lighting, in most cases using more than three lights (sometimes as many as eight to ten)."
"It’s important to be in tune with your taste, the type of lighting you are drawn to. It’s also important to understand the universal concepts behind why certain types of light elicit certain types of atmosphere and mood."
"Commercially, motion is something that is becoming more and more important to integrate into a photographer's skill set...For now, still images remain my focus, though who knows what the future may hold."
"For me photography is as much a lifestyle as it is a pursuit - It has taken me all across the world and has allowed me to meet some pretty amazing people."