Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
Weddings tend to bring out the person residing at the center of your body, whatever’s left after stripping away all the outer layers. Do you actually let things roll off your shoulders or do you have to keep reminding yourself that you’re an easy-going person? You will find out quicker than minute ramen who you really are after dealing with some of the stresses that a wedding can bring.
APW couples always end up having a kind, smart, and practical person at their core. They might get stressed like everyone else getting married, but at the end of the day, they always know that the wedding is the celebration to start the beginning of their new lives; not a day to lose their sanity over.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I didn’t go to art school. My mom got me a film camera as a high school graduation gift and I spent the semester before college going back and forth between a dark room and around town to shoot as much as I could. I’ve learned everything I know by just picking up a camera and going outside; I learned things like composition and exposure by exploring the world around me and experimenting.
This tends to get me feeling a bit like Indiana Jones when I step into a wedding day. I love to wander around and catalog little artifacts that I uncover throughout the day, whether it be a sweet moment between the bride and her mother or the sweet cufflinks the groom is sporting. Besides exploring and switching out idols with sandbags, I love to take strong portraits of my couples; I love the look of off-camera lighting and the drama it can create, so I tend to work that in a lot.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I’m always on the go. I rock climb at least twice a week, ride my bike around the city as much as possible when it’s not winter, and home brew some pretty awesome beers.
I like to travel with my wife as often as possible and we always take at least one big trip a year. We’ve hiked some amazing mountains, snorkeled with some crazy sea creatures (I’m not much of an ocean person, so that was a little terrifying!), tried plenty of questionable street food, and explored cities near and far.
What’s your favorite book?
I love reading the Sherlock Holmes collection, but right now I’m making my way through books about home brewing and rock climbing.
What’s your favorite movie?
Amadeus, hands down. F Murray Abraham is the man.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s It Takes Two..I know all the words and dance like no one’s watching.
Explain your travel policy:
No travel fee within 100 miles of NYC.