Photographing people is at the crossroads of two early interests of mine: people watching and technology. In my teens I began taking pictures with whatever camera I could put my hands on. Though my parents did not appreciate the unauthorized sale of my grandfather’s clarinette to finance my first camera, they quickly understood such an early interest should be nurtured.
While studying international business in London and Reims, France, I had a dark room in my dorm, but only took pictures for fun. My hopeful photography career got a jump start when I won a national contest to shoot and publish a book with Magnum’s legendary Sebastiao Salgado.
After college I put away my camera and focused on sensible things; steady job, starting a family, house plants that live longer than two weeks, etc. Nearly a decade passed and my passion for photography took a backseat to other goals and pursuits. I did however acquire some very useful skills in operation and business management that still serve me and my clients to this day.
Then one weekend in 2004 a friend let me borrow her Nikon D70 and my world has never been the same. My passion for photography was reignited and I soon started shooting portraits, small weddings and anything else that would sit still. When the company I worked for moved to Florida I gladly let them go and made the leap to full-time photographer.
I use a mix of candids and fun staged shots to tell the story of a wedding day. I photograph about 40 weddings per year.
Though I was born & raised in France the Bay Area is now my home. I live with my wife and two children in Cole Valley.
Photo courtesy of my friend FC Wong.
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