"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 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.
- 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"