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I WANT TO CREATE IMAGES THAT SCREAM WITH JOY AND EXUDE THE QUIET INTENSITY OF BEING COMFORTABLE.

NO PROPS. NO BACKDROPS. NO PROM POSES.
NO SAYING CHEESE.
NO PINTEREST COPIED PHOTOS.
NO EXTRA BULLSHIT AND NO CRAZY SET UP.

JUST WHAT FEELS NATURAL.
JUST YOU.
I JUST WANT TO MAKE KICK ASS PHOTOS IN REALLY AWESOME PLACES WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU.

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I BELIEVE EVERY MOMENT IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE NEXT; IN GOOD VIBES; IN TAKING TIME TO ENJOY LIFE.

OWN WHO YOU ARE AND SHOW THAT OFF.
GIVE ME LAUGHS AND QUIRKS. AND TEARS AND HUGS.
THAT IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO BRING TO THE TABLE.
YOUR RELATIONSHIP. YOUR FAMILY. AS IT IS AND AS YOU ARE.

I FULLY BELIEVE YOU DESERVE TO HAVE YOUR STORY TOLD.
WHATEVER THAT MEANS… AND WHOEVER YOU ARE… AND HOWEVER YOU LOVE…
YOUR STORY SHOULD BE DOCUMENTED.

TIMELESS

I BELIEVE THAT SINCERE, UNDENIABLE, IRREFUTABLE HONEST PORTRAITS ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE TIMELESS.
YOUR PORTRAITS SHOULD ALWAYS BE AND DESERVE TO BE JUST THAT…
NEVER TO BE DATED BY EDITING OR OVERLY RETOUCHED.
MORE YOU. LESS PHOTOSHOP.

PORTRAITS SHOULD REFLECT WHO YOU ARE AT THE TIME THEY ARE TAKEN.
FORGET THE WHITE SHIRTS AND KHAKI PANTS.
FUCK MATCHING OUTFITS.

GETTING YOUR PORTRAIT MADE SHOULDN’T BE TAXING.
I BELIEVE PORTRAIT SESSIONS SHOULD FEEL MORE LIKE HANGING OUT AND LESS LIKE A STUFFY, STRUCTURED TASK.

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COOL THING
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THERE IS NO “STUDIO” AT THE END OF MY NAME. THERE ARE NO ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHERS.
I WILL BE THE ONE BEHIND THE CAMERA.
YOU ARE NOT JUST A NUMBER; RECEIPT; NAME TO BE FILED AWAY ON THE COMPUTER.

I WON’T CHANGE THE WAY I SHOOT.

IT IS MORE THAN A JOB; MORE THAN THE MONEY OR THE BLOGS OR THE EXPOSURE OR THE AWARDS. I DON’T BELIEVE IN “THE HUSTLE” (UNLESS YOU’RE REFERRING TO A SWEET DANCE MOVE).

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SNAPSHOT. EVERY MOMENT DESERVES ITS TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT.
I BELIEVE WHAT I DO IS IMPORTANT.
I BELIEVE IN THE ART BEHIND PHOTOGRAPHY. I BELIEVE IN SEEING DIFFERENT.
I BELIEVE IN LEARNING THE RULES ONLY TO BREAK THEM.
I BELIEVE THE ORDINARY IS ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY AND THAT MY JOB IS TO ELEVATE EVERY MOMENT SO THAT YOU SEE IT AS I DO.

 FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, I’VE BEEN THE VAL IN VAL AND SARAH  TRAVELING ACROSS THE COUNTRY KICKING ASS
AND SHOOTING ALTERNATIVE WEDDINGS.
IN 2015. WE’VE RE-OPENED OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES.
WELCOME TO THE START OF MY NEW CHAPTER.

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