I photographed my first wedding in the summer of 2004, it was a favor for a friend, back then I had no interest in being a wedding photographer, it was a lovely La Jolla beach wedding and I did my job, but didn’t get bit by any wedding bug because, at that time, I wanted to focus on journalism and photography for magazines. However, six years ago I saw a shift in weddings. Weddings began to come alive with personality, out went the matching bridesmaid dresses, have your wedding in a barn, and not a drab rec room, less funky chicken and more tasteful, good music, chicken or fish became let’s have wood fire pizza and sit around a fire and make s’mores, and photography became an art and telling a story of the day. A real story.
It is an honor to be a part of two people’s life in such an intimate way, through the years I see former brides and grooms nestle into their role as husband and wife and when I run into them at Home Depot or on the street, it really is still such a joy to hear that honest Thank you.
My role as a wedding photographer has recently evolved into something I am so excited about (smiling from ear to ear). I have recently started a new adventure, teaming up with Laurie Wilson, Laurie is not only a sweet, kind and honest friend, she happens to be a remarkable photographer. Together, we have created Gather West. GW is a photography and art studio that is embracing the new traditions of weddings and honoring the old traditions as well. We love handmade, intimate, and unique weddings and we are booking for 2013 right now. I am just thrilled as can be to enjoy this great role as a wedding photographer with such a dear person in my life. After all life is better together.