In case you couldn't tell, I love animals. All animals....especially dogs.
I'm a published and award winning photographer and animal advocate living in the Cleveland, Ohio area with my wife Kristen and our two rescue dogs, Leo and Kensie
I'm best known for the "For the Love of Peanut Butter" photo series which depicts the hilarity of dogs enjoying, you guessed it, peanut butter. Peanut Butter Dogs the photo book will be available March 14, 2017 and is currently available for preorder on Amazon here.
I'm also dedicated to animal rescue, adoption and pit bull advocacy. I volunteer with various different organizations throughout the Cleveland area, including the Cleveland APL, All Breeds Lakewood, Neighborhood Pets Outreach & Resource Center and Muttley Crue Rescue.
I haven't always been in this profession and it took me a long time to have the courage to pursue it.
I earned my degree in business from Loyola University of Chicago and spent about ten years working a desk job in corporate America. You could often find me firing or laying off employees, putting out office fires, and rummaging through large amounts of paperwork. Spending much of my time in a windowless office five days a week, my mental and physical health began to suffer. I needed a change. If I hadn't made a change, I'm no sure I'd be married to my wife Kristen today.
I left my corporate job in early 2014. Shortly thereafter, I was a full-time photographer running my own business. Combining my love for animals and photography was the only natural thing to do. Two short years later, I began working on a book and was signed by a national publisher. Life is full of unexpected turns.
Cleveland will always be my home. Born and raised here, I've lived in Albuquerque, Chicago and Atlanta before moving back to Cleveland in 2007. If you haven't been here, drop by and say hello!
My work has been published in the press worldwide, live on tv, online and in print on the following: Huffington Post, Today, Elle Magazine, Daily Mail, The Mirror, Bark Post, Mashable, Fox News Network, San Francisco Chronicle, The Telegraph, MSN, Bored Panda, Cleveland Magazine, American Photography Magazine, Buzzfeed and many more.Some of the articles can be found on the press page here.
On average, I donate about 5 photo sessions a year to local nonprofit organization fundraisers to help raise money for animals in need. In 2016, those donations raised thousands of dollars that helped animals that needed it the most.
I also donate a significant amount of my time photographing dogs up for adoption. A good photo can go a long way in helping an animal find his or her forever home.
As someone who currently has two rescue dogs (I wish we could adopt 50), I'm passionate about working with and giving to organizations that advocate for voiceless and educate the public about animal welfare.
I use Canon EOS professional digital cameras and photographic accessories. Current inventory includes a Canon ID X Mark II and a Canon 5D Mark III coupled with a variety of Canon's "L" series lenses.
For off camera flash, I utilize Profoto and Canon lighting equipment.
My post-process workflow is accomplished on Apple computers using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom CC. I capture all images in RAW format, which allows for greater color depth and only the best image quality. When necessary, every image is color corrected, adjusted for exposure, sharpness and a number of images are converted to black and white.