Photographing people is at the crossroads of two early interests of mine: people watching (usually espresso in hand at french cafés), and cameras. 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 built a darkroom 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 a friend let me borrow her Nikon DSLR, 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 – or not. When the company I worked for moved to Florida I gladly let them go and made the leap to full-time photographer. Since then I have photographed over 500 weddings, in San Francisco, wine country and on tropical islands. I did gather some awards and industry accolades along the way, but my most important wedding is always the next one.
I was born and raised in France, but I call San Francisco and Cole Valley home, with my wife and two children. Photo credit: FC Wong.