I, JD, truly believe in the meaning behind "Sonder". When you take the time to get to know and understand the amazing people you cross paths with on a day to day basis, you will learn about all the stories, big and small, that make up who they are. I apply this to every aspect of my wedding photography. I learn about each one of my couples, as well as their friends and family. I learn about the stories that have brought you to this point in your lives. This understanding is what allows me to create genuinely candid photographs that you and yours can cherish forever. Real, completely un-staged, photos that actually represent the two of you and your unique wedding day! The end result is 100% unobtrusive photography coverage that is better than any posed photo could ever be!
I grew up wanting to become a sports photographer. But instead I ended up joining the Navy straight out of high school. For the next 6 years I'd spend about 75% of my life on or in the ocean. Hence the "Salt" part of "Salt & Sonder". It was during that time that all my stories came together to bring me to where, and who, I am today. A few years after I left the Navy I ended up volunteering to photograph a Marines wedding at a local church in 2010. The rest is history. 4 years later I was quitting my day job and I haven't looked back since.
Wedding photography for me is one of the pinnacles in photojournalistic photography. I view weddings as the ultimate story of two people and their families being brought together through the stories that brought everyone to that day. It's a day the couple, the families, and their friends, will remember forever and the photographs that can be created from that can be truly epic! I strive to do these moments justice and create memories that can be cherished forever.
“IT IS AN ILLUSION THAT PHOTOS ARE MADE WITH THE CAMERA… THEY ARE MADE WITH THE EYE, HEART, AND HEAD.”
~ HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON
I love the quote above. It is 100% fact. But, a lot of people ask about what gear I use and why, especially other photographers. If you'd like to know, check out my feature over at Shotkit!
*UPDATE* It's been a couple years, I'm now using Canon R3's and wide range of L series lenses.