I want to create your favorite photos ever taken of you, and your favorite people: photos you'll be thrilled to frame on your walls, bind in albums, and share socially. Photos that will someday make your future descendants realize they inherited their awesomeness from you!
I'm a fine art portrait photographer. I collaborate with you to create fine art images that tell your story, specializing in weddings, engagements, love stories, families, groups, and what I like to call "hero" shots, where I capture you looking like the best possible version of yourself. I'm in continual pursuit of the perfect portrait photo: an image that encapsulates the essence of you.
To do that, it really helps to actually get to know you, which is great for me because I love hearing and telling stories.
So if you want to tell me your story or book a session with me (or just say hi!), click here to contact me. I'm based in Portland, Oregon, but I've travelled to nearly fifty countries and happily do destination shoots!
A great photo should speak for itself, but if I see an amazing shot I nearly always want to know what's behind the photo.
So, for anyone out there who feels the same way, I'll sometimes add captions that give technical details and tell the stories behind the photos. While a good picture may paint a thousand words, sometimes you need a few more to really tell the whole story.
Thanks for dropping by, and feel free to comment below or on individual photos, share, subscribe to my blog, and click like! To learn more about my story, keep reading...
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i (yep, that's me in the photo below), I left to see the world and have lived in Ohio, the Caribbean, South Korea, and Russia, before moving recently to Portland, Oregon.
I've worked as an actor on a Korean television show, learned to drive a lifeboat off the coast of Puerto Rico, and organized water balloon fights in Haiti.
I've also slept overnight on a bench in Manila, been nearly stepped on by an elephant in India, fallen into a canal in Venice, gotten my foot stuck in a subway door in New York City, gotten a black eye in Moscow by slipping on ice, and been chased by an aggressive iguana in the Virgin Islands.
I've spent a month sleeping in a van in Iceland, held a sting ray in my arms in Grand Cayman, gone rafting in Alaska, dangled my legs over the edge of the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, gone zip-lining in Costa Rica, wore a python (for a few seconds) in Vietnam, sailed by ship across the Atlantic Ocean (and halfway across the Pacific), and taken a taxi ride from Moscow to London.
And I've gotten lost (sometimes intentionally, and usually with camera in hand) in pretty much every town I've ever been in. And now, I want to help the locals here in weird, wonderful Portland to tell their stories with photos.
Check out the video below to see me in action (a huge thanks to Mitya for this!). To learn more about me and what I've been up to the last few years, you can check out my photo diary, which contains a bunch of old snapshots of me and a few of the (hopefully) amusing stories behind them. I was also featured by The Art Career Project in this interview. And again, I'd love to hear from you, so please write me!
Thanks so much for reading, looking, sharing, commenting and liking! Aloha and спасибо, Rob.