I started Next to Me Studios and began photographing weddings in 2011 immediately after marrying the love of my life. For 10 years I had worked as a graphic designer and photographer at a local San Diego branding agency, but our wedding opened my eyes to the incredible story of anticipation, joy, and happiness that happens during a wedding day. Right then I knew I wanted to be a part of those moments.
AT THE HEART OF WHAT I DO IS TELL VISUAL STORIES.
So admittedly, writing about myself is hard. I’d much rather just get together and swap stories. But here goes.
Marrying my wife Jordan was one of the best decisions of my life. We’re complete opposites in so many ways, but somehow beautifully balance each other out while keeping life interesting. We have a young son named Lincoln who is the light of our lives. He’s strong-willed, curious, and has to always be in the middle of the action. We have two cats, Jack and Sawyer, who are borderline too affectionate and have to be wherever we are. I hate going to sleep and I hate waking up. I love craft beer, and really most drinks that you brew, mix or shake into existence. Music fascinates me and experiencing it live never ceases to leave me inspired or refreshed in a way that I can never express in words. I’m a techy and a bit of a nerd. I love playing video and board games. I can’t get enough of design and am always admiring the relationship and experience of objects on paper, a screen, or in the places and spaces we inhabit. I’m captivated by the beauty of God’s creation and the tenderness that exists between people. Love is a powerful force and getting to capture it excites me every day.