"Pair," it's my last name. It's just what all my friends tended to call me my ENTIRE life. 

I mix candid documentary photography with studio-style lighting. I invest myself emotionally in your event to feel the moment with you so the feeling is captured.  

People commission me for my perspective and style. 

While I mostly shoot events nowadays, I've shot commercially these genres: lifestyle, editorial, product, portraits, headshots and more. My organizational clients include: Nike, Adobe, Lexmark, Microsoft, Intel, Martin Luther King Jr Hospital, Pok Pok, and the list goes on. 

In 2018, I went back to my career as a UX designer and I now do photography as a side gig which allows me to do photography purely as an artist. Photography was a hobby for about 10 years. Then, Instagram and all that hoopla happened. So, I decided to turn it into a full-time career. I gave it a good go for 3 years but as much as I love photography, I just could never get into the business side of it. 

I'm inspired by photographers such as Landon Nordeman, Holly Andres, Rebecca Smeyne, Michelle Groskopf, Martin Parr, Alex Webb, Philip Lorca DiCorcia and Shawn Theodore.  

I also get super excited about lighting that's a bit nostalgic and cinematically colorful. Many of my favorite photos are from production stills. Blade Runner films' cinematography and production design are everything to me. Of course, a big fan of DP, Roger Deakins. 

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Photographic Values

  • Expression over technique
  • Master technique first, then expression
  • Rich saturation is sublime
  • Sharpness matters
  • Light makes photos, cameras take photos
  • Learn light first, then cameras
  • If you have $3,000 to spend on a camera, spend $2000 of it on lighting
  • Making photos with others is more fun
  • Photos can tell the truth or lie
  • Straighten your photos unless you lose the expression
  • Don't get in the way of the message
  • No watermarks
  • Put the camera down and just enjoy what's in front of you
  • Use the camera to meditate on what's in front of you
  • If you're questioning whether or not you should take the photo, take it
  • Professional models take bad photos, you only see the good ones
  • I mostly take bad photos, you only see the good ones
  • My favorite Photoshop brush is a lint brush but you have to use it before you take the photo
  • Do everything in camera when possible
  • Only people responsible for doing post get to say, "We'll fix it in post"