Photo by Rodger Obley on Mamiya 645

Photo by Rodger Obley on Mamiya 645

"You're never going to come back here."

This is a quote I'll never forget. It was the first week of fall semester in 2012, and I was standing on the auditorium stage at Cedarville University. Just a few months prior, I had planned on being back here to start my junior year of college like everyone else in my class. But instead of gearing up for classes, I was back at school to officially drop out and say goodbye to all my friends. I had just accepted a year-long internship in the Seattle area and I was a few days away from making the move across the country; it was too cool of an opportunity to pass up. I was on the stage talking with Patrick Anderson, my guitar teacher at Cedarville for the past two years, assuring him that this was just a one year deal and that I'd be back next fall. He chuckled and responded with, "Have you ever been to the Pacific Northwest before? Yeah....you're never going to come back here." He was right.

Fast forward six years and here I am....still in Seattle and loving every second of it. Walking out my front door and seeing the trees, water, mountains, and beautiful skyline never gets old. While working at one of my first full-time jobs here, I was challenged to help the company build a stronger visual identity through video production. I had no idea what the 180-degree shutter rule was, how ND filters work, or how to capture clean, professional audio, but I took it upon myself to learn the ins and outs of the production process. Less than a year later, I was able to move from those humble beginnings to developing a comprehensive video style guide, working directly with the company’s top clients to produce our first-ever video stories for social proof, and branching out into the freelance world as well - I have worked with nationally-touring bands, local non-profits, and major companies to create images and videos that help them best tell their story. Along the way, one of my personal projects was featured at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival and selected to be added to Alaska Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system (peep the SIFF channel and look for “The Right Ingredients”!). I’ve still got quite a bit to learn, but the journey has been exhilarating and I am hungry to keep pushing forward. If you enjoy my work, I am currently available for hire as a producer, cinematographer, editor, and still image photographer. Click the mail icon below to get the conversation started!

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