I, JD, truly believe in the definition of 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 photos that actually represent the two of you and your unique wedding day! All while being completely unobtrusive to allow you to enjoy the new stories that you're creating during your big day!
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. The rest is history. 3 years later I was quitting my day job and I haven't looked back since.
Wedding photography for me is the ultimate in photojournalistic photography. I use the term photojournalistic cautiously on the site because it is over and misused in the wedding photography world. But I think of weddings as the ultimate story of two people and their families coming together. It's a day everyone will remember forever and the photographs that can be created from that day are just epic! As long as you are patient and allow the stories to unfold in front of the camera, the rewards are spectacular and the end result is hopefully something my couples will cherish forever.
“IT IS AN ILLUSION THAT PHOTOS ARE MADE WITH THE CAMERA… THEY ARE MADE WITH THE EYE, HEART, AND HEAD.”
~ HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON