"Daaaaddy take the picture!" These days this is what I hear a lot of the time. I have discovered if I point the lens at him and keep him guessing as to when I am going to take the picture, it will illicit a joyful and playful smile. But when I started my lifelong love affair with photography taking my own child's photograph was hardly a thought. That's how long I have been perfecting my craft. Since I was 12 when, you guessed it, my dad gave me his old camera (a Minolta srt 101). I used to hand roll and develop my own b&w film in my parents' basement. I can remember hanging out my bedroom window with the zoom lens looking at the birds in the bird feeder and how I could focus them in and out like a movie director. I was fascinated and hooked for life.
I studied photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Later I went on to practice photojournalism for state Government in West Virginia. I was the personal photographer to the Attorney General. In this position I photographed the daily activities of the Attorney General, the House of Representatives, and also did a few shoots with the Governor.
After the legislative session was over I decided to move to NY state to be closer to family and to start my photography business. I started my business, Orbital Imaging, which was founded in 2001. I did printing, a lot of film scanning at that time, and digital image editing/ retouching. However I wanted to get out of the digital darkroom and start shooting more. I was awarded a contract with one of the youth baseball tournament camps in the NY area. At the peak of the business I had six employees and photographers, on-site printing of all images, 25 viewing computer stations, and pro DSLR professional equipment. I was very happy with this, but the toll of the sheer volume of work was starting to affect me. We photographed and uploaded around 350 games a week for the entire summer for years! I decided to concentrate on a more creative outlet for my photography.
The move to wedding photography felt natural. And with my photojournalism background from the State, felt very comfortable. I love that each wedding is different and brings with it new challenges and new opportunities for creative expression. Soon after the transformation, I was shooting events, portraiture, freelance news, table-top products, and restaurants. However story telling through photography is my biggest passion and I feel that is why wedding imagery is my favorite.
I look forward to seeing where the magical world of photography will take me next. I will continue to express my being through this enchanting art form.
I photograph daily. I am in love with the art form. I can't imagine doing anything else!
New start! My family has relocated to Ithaca NY. It is wonderful here! We welcomed our baby boy, born on Halloween!
I am excited to continue my passion for photography in the Finger Lakes region.
I am available, as always nationally, locally, internationally, and intergalactically.
Salt Point Brewery (Ithaca, New York)
Fender Bender Magazine (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Ithaca Waldorf School (Ithaca, New York)
Jon Reis Photography (Ithaca, New York)
Hill City Grill (Oneonta, New York)
Toscana Northern Italian Grill Restaurant (Oneonta, New York)
CLARKE Companies (Delhi, New York)
Amphenol Aerospace (Sidney, New York)
Booth Studio (Sarasota, Florida)
Camera Famosa (Saratoga Springs, New York)
National Soccer Hall of Fame (Oneonta, New York)
Cooperstown Baseball World (Oneonta, New York)
Cooperstown All-Star Village (Oneonta, New York)
Fiesta Mexican Grill & Cantina (Oneonta, New York)
The Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, Florida)
SCENE Magazine (Sarasota, Florida)
The O-Town Scene (Oneonta, New York)
Gulf Coast Placenta Lady(Sarasota, Florida)
Sarasota Public Library
Celebrations of Tampa Bay (Tampa, Florida)
American Wedding Group (Nationwide)
Numerous Brides & Families(Nationwide)