I was taught the art of photography by my father and the business of photography by my mother. Mom and Dad started Vail Studio in 1985 and we have been going strong ever since!
I have been a working professional photographer for 16 years. Before I actually picked up a camera professionally I was working in dark rooms and photo labs, so I have about 21 years total experience in the photography industry. I think that starting from the ground floor of photography, having a solid background in film, and transfering that knowledge to the new digital days has really helped to shape my style and who I am as a photographer. Coming from the days when we had to retouch blemishes by hand directly on the negative has given me a real appreciation for what you can and can't do to a digital image, as well as what you should and shouldn't do to enhance that image. I didn't just pick up a camera one day and decide to be a photographer. I have spent the better part of my life learning every aspect of the art and business of photography. My style is my own, I have developed it over many years of hard work, and it is a constant growing and changing experience.
Like most things truly worth doing it took me a long time in the photography industry to decide what I wanted to do. I started photographing weddings about 15 years ago. I guess about ten years ago I realized that it was what I loved and began to really focus on the art and craft of wedding photography. I continue to challenge and educate myself through professional associations like WPPI, NAPP, PPW and courses like Image Explorations.
I love wedding photography!!!
Even now 15 years later I still get excited before each wedding...butterflies in the stomach excited. I am passionate about my work, and I am first and foremost an artist. My job is to tell the story on the biggest day of peoples lives. I get to create memories for people so they can take that day with them forever. WHAT AN AMAZING CAREER!! The more I do it the more I love it.
I believe that God, Marriage, and family are the most important things in life, and I hope that you will see that represented in my work and in my life.
I am a member of:
WPPI (wedding and portrait photographers international)
NAPP (national association of professional photoshop users)
PPW (professional photographers of Washingtion)