Q&A

-How did you start out professionally in photography?

I started out three years ago after battling an addiction to alcohol. Photography was a way for me to express myself and fill my time more productively.


-How would you best describe your style of photography?

Atmospheric.


-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?

One camera and one lens. A Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 85mm L II 1.2. I don’t use a flash or reflectors.


-What is your biggest resource in relation to technical knowledge and how long did it take you to master your technique?

My biggest resources are my mistakes. I use the tricky Canon 85mm L II 1.2 and it took me many exposures to learn how to focus. I feel like I’ve mastered this lens and can use it in any situation.


-Do you see your work as documentary, commercial or art based?

Definitely art based.


-What is your post-production workflow like?

It’s simple but time consuming as I go over every detail and look at hundreds of images from a single shoot before I decide which images to edit or combine.


-How do you go about building relationships and trust between you and your clients?

I think my passion speaks for itself when I’m on location and the people can see from my focus that I genuinely care about the finished product. That leads to repeat clients and relationships.


-What is your dream project?

The Nebraska Cornhusker Football Team on my county road in rural Nebraska at sunset.


-What inspires you?

My mistakes inspire me. I learn almost 100% from my mistakes. I’ve spent hours on images only to scrap them completely.


-Is there a single photograph that you are most proud of?

Aging Storm. (Last photo in series).


-What was the best career advice you were ever given?

I’ve always gone my own way and never really listened to advice because it’s so individual. I think the best advice as far as photography has come from my own personal thought. “Never listen to other photographers.” Including me!