864 Fighting Championships

864 Fighting Championships

The 864 Fighting Championships were a first for me in the realm of combat sports photography. It was a a grueling challenge compared to other types of action oriented events and it definitely helped me see what areas I can improve in. It was definitely one of the most fascinating shoots I’ve ever had the opportunity to take part in.

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The Future of 'Aerial Jay Photography'

The Future of 'Aerial Jay Photography'

It’s been a interesting three years in the world of freelance photography. Looking back, there are definitely things I wish I could have done better, but I'm extremely thankful for what opportunities I've been given, what I've experienced, and what I've been able to build. It has taught me a lot about myself.

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"Vintage Contrast" | The Sarah Bennett Shoot

"Vintage Contrast" | The Sarah Bennett Shoot

        I first saw Sarah from a distance, and when I did, I couldn't help but notice something different about her: a modern day woman who could pull off classic vintage pieces. Some time later, I got to talk to her and complimented her on her style, and right then, we were able to set up a collaboration! 

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The #PeopleFocus Project: Entry No. 2

The #PeopleFocus Project: Entry No. 2

      The ongoing pursuit of personal work continues with another #PeopleFocus Project entry! I've been so busy with client work lately that I haven't had much time to work on and release projects from my travels or from what I capture in my hometown. I'm learning the balance of working on and creating personal work amidst the ongoing grind, as well as making sure that the work you do make for other people is work you love, believe in, and are passionate about. You have to love what you do.

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Dapper & Industrial: The Hunter Hussey Shoot

Dapper & Industrial: The Hunter Hussey Shoot

Hunter was one of my former coworkers back in my coffee slinging days! I honestly can’t remember who asked who to do a shoot, but we made it happen! (Haha) Hunter has a penchant for style and class, and we wanted to show that in both his attire and the location we shot in. It was one of the first male model shoots I had ever done.

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The #PeopleFocus Project

The #PeopleFocus Project

In my ongoing effort to pursue personal projects, I want to focus more on spontaneous portraiture. As a long time follower of Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York, I was inspired to get up close and personal and take the time to get to know subjects rather than trying to discreetly photograph them from afar. But rather than the unique story focus of Brandon's work, I want to make the photograph...the features of the person portrayed...to be the main focus. I love small details, and I want to capture the contours and curvature of the individual faces, admiring the intrinsic beauty of a person and sharing my own experience and interpretation of who they are. I also deeply respect Brandon and his work, so I want to keep HONY uniquely his.

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Two Weeks in New York City: On Street Photography and Humanity

Two Weeks in New York City: On Street Photography and Humanity

Having taken the leap and ventured out so much this year, there's no way I wanted to lose that momentum. I wanted to keep growing and developing my eye for my trade and understand the world we live in. New York City seemed like the logical next step to my photographic journey. Having started as a street photographer, New York's history, diversity, and relentless flow sounded like a dream. It would be good to have my passion rekindled, to rediscover why I love photography and accept the challenge of capturing life as it is. 

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Embers in Ashes: Discovering the Soul of the Dominican Republic

Embers in Ashes: Discovering the Soul of the Dominican Republic

        Earlier this year, I expressed to a friend my interest in using photography to help missions and non-profit work. He, in turn, told me about an opportunity: 2 weeks in the D.R., 30 people reaching out to orphans, prostitutes, people living in poverty, and using my camera to capture it. Despite my growing desire to travel and to use photography in a photojournalistic capacity, I was on the fence about going for some time (mostly due to finances). But with the encouragement of many friends, I finally decided to just go.

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