“Goshen has been a remarkably accepting place to kind of establish what we do. It’s also just a very welcoming environment, which is not as easy to find as you would imagine. That has been by far the biggest motivation – just the fact that Goshen is open to artistic endeavors. That meant a lot to me as I was getting started here.
I’ve shot about 120 weddings, and that’s one way to tell a story of an important part of someone’s life. With using portraits and storytelling types of things I think it’s always going to evolve in the sense that I’ve been focusing on different things at different times. Sometimes it’s just straight portraiture, sometimes it’s weddings and events, sometimes it’s corporate work and headshots and things like that. Always through everything, where I get the most satisfaction is revealing people in photos. In terms of personality, their story, saying something about them that is going to help them tell their story or reveal something about who they are.
One of my favorite moments was actually kind of a spontaneous one… This guy was an interesting character. He lived on this island. He builds boats. He has 10 kids. Raised his kids on the island. His dad was friends with Robert Frost. He was an author. He had written poetry. He had written all this interesting material. He would sing. Once I got him reciting things that he had written he came alive and there was this whole personality with him. And to me, a guy with that kind of story… being able to capture that and know that that’s going to be around for whoever wants to hear the story, that’s kind of a highlight for me.
We had some pretty big jobs lined up for the summer… I would say, like, in two weeks we lost a year’s worth of living expenses. Now we’re hoping to get some of them back. It’s not saying that they’re gone forever, but we’re not getting that back this year.”