Monthly Archives: March 2014

14 Years and a Heartfelt Goodbye


I can hardly believe that after nearly 14 years, I am leaving the job that I worked so hard to get. It is amazing how life works out at times.

In 1998, I applied for a part time position with the Savannah Morning News. I thought it was certain that I was going to be hired, but it didn’t work out at that time, so I returned to SCAD for my MFA in Photography.

Then, in October 1999, I was one of the 100 lucky photographers accepted into the Eddie Adams Workshop, an intense weeklong photojournalism workshop in New York. I learned a lot, even though I felt out of place with my simple Canon A1 manual focus/manual exposure camera among all of the photojournalism majors with their new and fancy autofocus gear. Toward the end of the week, one of my team leaders told me that I needed to make a choice and decide if I wanted to be a photojournalist or an artist. He said he just wasn’t sure I had what it took to be a photojournalist. I was dejected, but motivated.

When I returned to Savannah, I got my first autofocus camera and began to work even harder. In April of 2000, I had my internship at the Savannah Morning News and was determined to prove myself. By the end of my short 10 weeks, they hired me to temporarily fill a position while they tried to sort out the hiring of someone else.

On July 2, 2000, I was asked to stay on as staff photographer. I faced a lot of challenges over the years learning how to become a photojournalist. As the primary sports photographer for 8 years, my abilities definitely improved. I became adept at working in all kinds of lighting conditions, and transmitting photos from strange places all while under extreme deadlines. Through it all, the Photo Chief was patient and stuck with me.

Over the past few years, I feel I have really come into my own as a photographer. I have faced a lot of challenges, learned new skills, and worked hard to constantly improve. I have managed to win a few awards along the way, but most importantly I have produced work that I am proud of.

While I am leaving the newspaper, I will remain in Savannah working as a photographer, and I hope to continue to do assignments for the Savannah Morning News from time to time. I really appreciate all of the support I have received over the years from fellow staff, and all of the amazing people that allowed me into their lives just for a brief moment. The past 14 years have truly made me the photographer and the person I am today, and for that I am grateful!

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Gastonian Inn Elopement


Savannah has so many beautiful venue options- it’s no wonder that it is a top destination for weddings of all sizes. On any given Saturday, you can see multiple weddings taking place during a stroll through the city. No matter how large or small the wedding you are planning, you can find the perfect venue to fit your needs.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to document Tiffany and Sebastian’s elopement ceremony at The Gastonian Inn. The couple was surrounded by family and friends as Rev. Steve Schulte performed a beautiful ceremony in the garden. After short two block walk to Forsyth Park for photos, we returned to the Inn for a cake cutting and a champagne toast.

The weather, venue, and intimate location all worked together to give Tiffany and Sebastian the perfect wedding day that they had hoped for.









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Aiken, SC Family Photography


I always do the best I can to get an idea of what a new location is like before a photo session. Sometimes all of the internet research possible cannot prepare you well enough for what you might encounter. It takes some good old fashioned leg work to visit and walk around a new location.

I recently had a family/maternity session with Sharon and Andrew, a couple whose wedding I photographed last year. They live in Augusta, and since I was going to be in the area for a wedding that weekend, we decided to have the session at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, SC.

I arrived at the Gardens about an hour early to scout it out only to find that it was closed as they continued to remove debris from the terrible ice storms that hit the area a few weeks back. Now many photographers may have panicked being faced with this curveball and not being familiar with the area. Fortunately thanks to my years of experience as a photojournalist, I have been in this situation more than once and took the opportunity to get a quick feel of downtown Aiken. Within a short time, I found plenty of inspiration and some pretty nice locations.  Sharon and Andrew were more than willing to trust my vision and so we explored Aiken together.

Being flexible and open to the change allowed for a very organic photo session, and as we moved from location to location different things caught my eye and it provided a variety of photos for them. Maybe someday I will get back to visit Hopeland Gardens, but for now I will enjoy the memories of my little visit to downtown Aiken, SC.

Congratulations to Sharon and Andrew on the upcoming arrival of Lucas!

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