A cinematographer/lighting cameraman, I distill decades of incredibly diverse, real-world experience into every project I touch. I've done countless shoots about people, places and things. My work has taken me around the world, and along that journey, I've interacted with thousands of people from every walk of life...ordinary and extraordinary.
A brief history: I was an award-winning Denver-based photojournalist before moving home to the Chicago area. There, I bought my first camera, went freelance and worked hard to take my craft to the next level, doing a wide variety of corporate, marketing, commercial and documentary projects, as well as shooting dozens of fast-moving entertainment shows on HGTV, Food Network and many others. Now based in Cleveland, my work continues to evolve, and those early run-and-gun skills hold a very useful spot in my creative toolbox.
How I work: Commit and be decisive. Talk less, listen more. Work with both eyes open. Notice the details. Take advantage of existing light and augment it sparingly. Relax the subjects, fade away. Anticipate the little moments and always expect the unexpected. Keep an eye on the schedule and don't get hung up on getting that perfect shot. Techniques I do automatically: Frame and counter-frame, sequencing, establishing shots, cutaways, drifts and transitions. I always listen for interesting natural sound. As for gear, I'm a minimalist. I don't like to get bogged down with a lot of gak, preferring to pull out only what I know I'll need and working it hard.
I'm a blue-collar cinematographer that is capable of producing world-class work. That is my constant goal. My market niche is producing a solid look, done more quickly and almost always under less-than-ideal conditions. Longtime clients say I excel at working with natural light, finding shots when they're hard to find and making even the most the mundane things look just a little more interesting. My work tends to feel less slick, a little more organic. Documentary-style work is my passion, but I also have extensive experience doing broadcast entertainment, documercials, sales and marketing, healthcare, science, nonprofits, corporate/industrial and even some commercial and tabletop work.
Bottom Line: From multi-million dollar global projects to quick talking heads, I do it all. There aren't many shooters near Lake Erie that can match my versatility and depth of experience. I'm creative, efficient and easy to work with. I tend to think like a good producer and always shoot for the cut. Whether you have a quick gig across town, a multi-day national shoot or need me to meet you on the other side of the planet, I'll show up with the right gear, the right attitude...and ready to go.