My work as a Film Maker and Photographer spans over 20 years as a student, technician, writer, director, and photographer, but the seeds were planted early on.
Growing up in my Florida subdivision, I spent countless hours drawing, painting, shaping, and making things. Whether it be a sculpture, a bike ramp, or a fort in the woods, I always had my hands in something. I started my first business at eleven, and when I wasn't on the soccer pitch, I maintained twelve lawns a week. Working hard and using my hands was in my blood from the start.
During these years, I watched as my father became a pretty good amateur Photographer, checkering our family room walls with prints of gulf sunsets and Florida wildlife. At first, his cameras made for great Starwars spaceships, but soon I began shooting images of my own, adding to those walls. I was lucky to have amazing parents that supported my creative mindset and pushed me to take it somewhere.
By my senior year of high school, I had four periods of art where I would get my first taste of the darkroom. In college, I spent countless nights jumping between my art schools sculpture lab and darkroom. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the Art and Business schools, I moved on to get my Masters in Motion Picture and TV Production.
As a film student, I remember feeling right at home, moving around those first sets, imagining how things would piece together to make a movie. I loved being in the trenches with like-minded people working to achieve something so tangible and creative. I probably worked, photographed, or directed over 40 films during the two-year program. I remember watching a projection of my first film knowing at that moment; I would be a cinematographer.
While living in New York City, I climbed my way up the ranks on set as a grip, electrician, and gaffer. I worked on anything and everything from large studio and indie films to commercials and music videos. I learned how to lead large crews, both creatively and technically, while gaining more experience as a storyteller. After years of cutting my teeth, I finally made the jump to Cinematographer and began shooting projects in the most prolific city in the world. I eventually invested in digital cameras, lights, and post-production equipment and started a production company, The Arsenal film & Creative, which produced hundreds of projects from New York to LA. After moving to Los Angeles, directing opportunities started coming my way, and I began to shoot more and more print.
My goal is to elevate each assignment entrusted to me by tirelessly bringing all of my skills to bear. With my diverse background, I have the proven ability to stretch time and resources while drawing the most out of every project. I consider myself an extension of my client's, producers, and directors unique creative process, stepping in as needed to help execute their vision.