I have a passion for celebrating childhood. I'm fascinated by the different and sometimes contradictory aspects of their lives and personalities:
• The energetic joyousness and the quiet contemplation
• The seemingly perpetual motion and the capacity for stillness
• The reckless abandon with which they can flit through their surroundings, seemingly not noticing anything
• The deep, concentrated fascination they can have with something as commonplace as a dandelion
To me, an honest portrait is not just of a person; it needs to be about the person. It should strip away the artifices, the masks, and the distractions, leaving the individual and their life—and that doesn't happen in a studio, gussied up in your Sunday best.
Life is getting up from nap time with mussed-up hair, rolling around on the floor with the pets, jumping in mud puddles, and giving your younger brother noogies. It's wearing your favorite pair of ratty jeans with holes in the knees. It's being comfortable.
That's why I work with people on location. It can be any location at all, as long as it's special to you. While many people choose to be photographed at home, I've also worked in parks, old churches, dilapidated barns, abandoned buildings, beaches—the possibilities are endless.
I'm often asked why I work exclusively in black and white. The short answer is, "It removes distractions." The human eye is easily distracted by color; the abstraction of black and white removes the distractions of color, leaving only light, form and texture.
As Ted Grant so eloquently put it, "If you're photographing in color, you show the color of their clothes—if you use black and white, you can show the color of their soul."
If what you see in my portfolio appeals to you, and you feel you may want to have me make photographs with your family, please feel free to contact me. We'll arrange a time to chat, and find a way to work within your budget.
I currently work primarily in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. I love to travel though, so if you're in another part of the country (or on another continent), and are interested in having me work with your family, again, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to meeting you.
Dover, NH 03820