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I'm a Kansas City-based cinematographer and I love capturing real, authentic moments. From weddings to non-profit organizations, my life is filled with people that have great stories to tell.

Feel free to look around and learn more about me, see if you connect with my work, then let me know how I can be a part of capturing what's important to you.

January 7, 2014

I’ll be in Uganda with Compassion International from Jan 25-Feb 2nd so I’ll return all emails and calls when I return. Please follow our trip online to see this amazing work they’re doing.

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Hey friends – I’ll be out the country with Compassion International from Jan 25-Feb 2nd in Uganda photographing their bloggers trip. If you’d like to follow along please check out: www.compassionbloggers.com/uganda14

I’ve been traveling with Compassion for a little over a year now from Kenya to Central America with artists, major & mid-level donors helping to tell the stories of this incredible ministry. This is definitely one of my favorite things in the world to do – to tell the stories of children that are being empowered physically, emotional, spiritually and cognitively to escape poverty of all types. I hope you’ll check out some of the incredible bloggers we have on this trip – visit the page to see who’s coming along – thanks!!

Compassion Bloggers ganda Trip 2014

December 9, 2013

Emily + Casey’s wedding day highlight

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Emily + Casey’s wedding just felt like one giant smile. They are so much fun and so goofy together. We loved every minute of sharing their day – from her brother officiating the ceremony to their sweet families, we were so welcomed into each moment. Check out their highlight to see more:

August 25, 2013

Out of the country: El Salvador w/ Compassion International

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I’ll be out with Compassion International again covering an artist’s trip – I’ll return all calls and emails when I’m back!

UPDATE -

Here are some of my favorite images from this trip:

Country office in El Salvador

The pastor of this project watches some of the kids play soccer. In El Salvador everything is so cramped and stacked on top of each other that this is a place where kids can actually run and play on grass. 

I’ve learned on all these trips that children just love having their photo taken – I was snapping a few pics of one child when the whole classroom rushed the doorway to be included.

June 24, 2013

Brian + Lauren’s beautiful outdoor wedding held on their ranch in Sunset, TX.

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I first met Lauren when she was photographing another wedding couple of mine in Fort Worth. We got along immediately and had so much fun shooting together. Towards the end of the day she said “so… I might be getting married soon on my ranch… it’s an outdoor wedding… I’m sure you’re probably already booked though?” It just so happened I wasn’t.
She told me more about their story, how she had lost her mom and how Brian had lost his dad and the importance of them sharing their day in that special place.
Here is the highlight film from their day. Ryan and I loved every minute of capturing the beauty of this place and the moments shared between them all. The amazing band, flowers and hanging lights created an incredible backdrop for the beginning of their adventure together.

June 17, 2013

Hey friends – I’m out of town with the Compassion Bloggers this week. I’ll try to get to emails as soon as I can but I won’t have my phone working this week. Feel free to follow along with us at www.compassionbloggers.com/nicaragua and check out my photos on the Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/compassionbloggers – thanks!

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Hey friends – I’m out of town with the Compassion Bloggers this week.
I’ll try to get to emails as soon as I can but I won’t have my phone working this week. Feel free to follow along with us at www.compassionbloggers.com/nicaragua and check out my photos on the Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/compassionbloggers – thanks!

May 29, 2013

“Once upon a time…”
One of my favorite stories to date.

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“Is there anything more beautiful than a young love..?”

This film is one of my favorites to make – filled with the personal touches Michael + Mallory put into their day. From writing the ceremony, to personal vows, the entire day was carefully thought out to include their family and friends in their story.

April 29, 2013

On a Thursday I got a call from a friend saying “Hey, can you leave on Monday for a week in Kenya?” “You bet.” – how could I say no to that? I had been to Nicaragua with Compassion International last August and jumped at the chance to go on another trip. Tony Wolf, Matthew [...]

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On a Thursday I got a call from a friend saying “Hey, can you leave on Monday for a week in Kenya?”
“You bet.” – how could I say no to that?

I had been to Nicaragua with Compassion International last August and jumped at the chance to go on another trip. Tony Wolf, Matthew Smith and Rend Collective were all going to Kenya to meet children they sponsor and see the work Compassion does through the local churches there.

Rend Collective is an Irish band – totally amazing, check them out: http://rendcollective.com

Matthew Smith is also an amazing artist that re-works Hymns with new melodies, while Tony Wolf is a hilarious comedian and speaker.

All of these guys play shows and tour while sharing their personal stories of Compassion.

I got to meet Tony in Indiana a few months back filming his presentation and interviewing him as a training piece for other Compassion speakers. He’s incredibly compelling and has been impacted so much through his trips for Compassion and his sponsorship of children around the world.

My job was to not only document the trip, but also to create a video for each of them to tour with to help them tell their stories.

Here are a few photos as well as Tony’s video:

Compassion works solely through local churches helping children, their families and their communities break out of poverty through education, health care, food and biblical teaching.

You can find more information about Compassion here: www.compassion.com

April 10, 2013

Hey friends – I’m off to El Salvador for the week with Compassion International – I’ll be filming and photographing in some remote areas and most likely will not have internet or phone access from April 15-19. I’ll return all emails and calls on Monday, April 22nd. Thanks!!

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Hey friends – I’m off to El Salvador for the week with Compassion International – I’ll be filming and photographing in some remote areas and most likely will not have internet or phone access from April 15-19.

I’ll return all emails and calls on Monday, April 22nd. Thanks!!

April 10, 2013

Another exciting year of filming for the Academy of Country Music Awards!

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I just spent the last few days filming live performances, events, autograph signings, bull riding, Dodge Trucks, and everything else Country music fans love in Las Vegas.

This is the fourth year I’ve been working with the Academy of Country Music filming all the major events surrounding the awards show. I can say that filming weddings is a piece of cake compared to this. Three days of 14-16 hour filming, constantly running, interviews, concerts, you name it – and yet, 11 years of weddings have prepared me each time for filming for the Academy. We can’t control the light, the location and we never know what’s going to happen – most importantly, we can’t miss anything.

Here are a few shots for you guys from the events we covered:

I have to say I have not see Duck Dynasty, but the crowd was so big to see part of the cast that they had to change the location of the autograph signing and just do a Q &A time from on stage.

Hunter Hayes – he can play every instrument and totally tears up an electric guitar.

I was filming Lee Brice singing “I Drive Your Truck” and I walked around to get a wide shot from out front. When I walked around the edge of the crowd I saw these Air Force men standing at attention the entire song. It was a pretty cool moment, along with how the entire concert that day was raising funds for several organizations that help injured military men and women.

Sheryl Crow walked on stage as Dierks Bentley was covering her song “If It Makes You Happy”

I have a ton of other photos and moments from the weekend but I’ll leave it at that for now. You can check out some of the videos I filmed for on the YouTube page for the Academy – thanks to Pete for editing 17 hours a day while we were out filming!

April 3, 2013

Hey friends – I’ll be out of town April 4-8th filming for the Academy of Country Music. This is my third year filming for them and each year they add more events. Given that, I’ll be filming for about 14 hours a day and won’t be able to return calls or emails during that time. [...]

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Hey friends – I’ll be out of town April 4-8th filming for the Academy of Country Music. This is my third year filming for them and each year they add more events. Given that, I’ll be filming for about 14 hours a day and won’t be able to return calls or emails during that time. Thanks, and I’ll get back to you Tuesday, April 9th.