...Be Genuine & Observant
In any project, be it a wedding, a concert, or portrait photo-shoot, my job is to observe and capture light in just the right way to bring out the best of my subject. It’s the same as listening. When a client speaks, I listen with interest. When I’m on a shoot, I’m present – totally invested in the current scene. That is easier said that done sometimes, but I like the challenge of producing images that match my client’s vision, and I love working with people.
I genuinely enjoy connecting with people and often carry on long-standing friendships with my clients after capturing moments that mattered to them. I’m just as interested in the projects I shoot as the clients themselves, and I’ve come to a point where I strongly believe that a mutual respect between client and photographer is an essential part of my work flow, and my ability to provide beautiful imagery.
If there is one quote that really resonates with me, it is one by David Alan Harvey, who said:
"Don't shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like. "
In my personal life, I feel a magnetic attraction to nature. My wife and I love the outdoors. We’re both very active. She teaches hot yoga, and I am a certified level-2 snowboard instructor. (good thing opposites attract!) Travel is a staple in our lives. We travel as often as we can. It’s something that replenishes and inspires me in my professional life as well. Oh, and Coffee. Black. 1 Sugar.
Speaking of coffee, I'd be happy to meet up and discuss your next project or event.
Meet my assistant & wife: Cass
Hey! Cass here...
When I first heard someone say "I married my best friend" I thought to myself, 'is that a thing?' and then I met Zac. I was only 17, but I knew right away it was going to be a thing. I feel blessed to have met and married my best friend 8 years later. Now we work together and drink lots of coffee together.
I do A LOT of yoga to keep things running smoothly on the business end, and make sure there is the peace in valley on wedding and engagement shoots. Call me the bride's fairy godmother for all things photography! Whether its fluffing the bride's dress, or finding Uncle Steve for the family portrait, I LOVE weddings and I'm happy to do all the running around that is required for the day to go off without a hitch.
Until your own wedding day, I don't think you really think about how much time you actually spend with your photographer. We are there from start to end; for all the important moments, both big and small. For us, it is so important to make sure that there is a high level of comfort and trust with our clients that goes both ways.
The yogi in me always wants to find that perfect balance where clients get their wedding day closely captured without getting in the way of them enjoying the big day. This takes practice, just like yoga, but we know that the best moments are not set up. The best moments are happening in the moment...we are just really good at catching them.
If you're a bride reading this, I already can't wait to meet you!