How did your interest in your medium begin and how did you arrive at your current style?
I began taking photos in 2009, just before my band left to go on tour. My goal was to document the experience of six people having the time of their lives. That desire for photographic documentation has been part of my life ever since. It has developed from documentation into portrait work, shooting other bands, and a bit of product photography.
How do you choose your subjects?
Most of my portrait subjects are close friends, my fiancee, and colleagues, so that makes it convenient (photographing strangers is something I need to work on). For environments and shots that aren't of people, I tend to look for very dramatic lines and/or extreme changes in light and shadow on top of a seemingly ordinary subject.
Who have been some of your biggest influences or your best teachers?
While I don’t have a formal education in photography—I’m self-taught—I gather a lot of my education from the people that I work with at my day job. They’re designers, copywriters, photographers and other creatives that have really helped me put more intent and purpose on my work, rather than just capturing moments. My biggest influences: Adam Goldberg, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and the Beatles.
Where do you go to draw inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration online on Instagram and Tumblr, but opening my Eggleston book to a random page seems to work the best.
Do you feel creatively satisfied?
I think so. I know myself well enough to know that probably in six months, I'll change up my approach because I’ll still be learning something new. Sometimes I get bit by the camera gear bug, and think all of my gear needs to be updated, or maybe I should just shoot film full-time, but I think everyone goes through that.