Photo credit: Francis Angelone Photography
Two things, I love my camera and I love Cleveland.
My journey as a photographer started before I considered myself one. I served as a rifleman in the Marine Corps during the Iraq war in the year of 2005. The entire time I was on this journey I had a camera glued to my hip. I photographed the locals, what the everyday lifestyle of a grunt was, down to the Iraqi army playing soccer. I would send my photographs back home to show my family what I am seeing. Without me knowing, my family gave those photos to publications and then came my very first published photography. After the war I put down my riffle and my camera.
2011 was a year where a lot of my life was changing and upside down. I wanted to find an outlet for me to keep my mind busy. That’s when I fell in love with photography. I quickly enrolled myself into the photography program at Cuyahoga Community College. Everything started to click, and I was hooked. I focused most my studies on editorial or journalistic photography with a focus on wedding photography. It was the summer of 2013, after college, where I proudly could call myself a professional photographer.
I love photographing weddings. I try to limit the amount of weddings I do per year. I start everything off in person with a simple hello over coffee or wine. I like to hear the story that brought two people together. Then I can explain myself and my services. At the end of any consultation I hope to at least make a new friend. Your business is very important to me but most of all I want to make sure we are the right fit. No pressure sales and if we don’t click I will happily give you some referrals. I've been photographing weddings since 2013. My work is done as a journalist telling your story for years to come. All photography will be saved on my website for as long as I'm in business.
I’m very active with everything Cleveland. I host the Walkabout Tremont Instagram @WalkaboutTremont. I always have art hanging up somewhere around the city, from Edison’s Pub in Tremont or the Merchants Mrkt at Legacy Village to whatever the future brings me. I’ve worked with Society Lounge on East 4th doing all their photography for their website and promotions. I’ve done charity events such as Flashes of Hope for the Cleveland Cavilers cancer charity and the Big Wheel Relay race for the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. I’m also Pumpkin Nation’s photographer and webhost for the fanatic fan Pumpkinhead and his Browns Tailgate.
My art is a bit of a mix medium. I first paint a piece of wood using a photograph as a stencil to capture the colors and background of my image. After everything dries I transfer that photograph onto the painting. That fills in the entire foreground with the image. It creates a unique aspect of how I feel about the photograph and texture that goes along with it.