I was born in Janesville, WI. I love to travel, but I’m always happy to come home to the natural beauty of Wisconsin. I love being outdoors – I’ve raced mountain bikes and trained for marathons, and someday I’m determined to become an Ironman. Depending on the season, you’ll find me paddling, camping, hiking, or skiing with my family, and winding down in our wood-burning hot tub.
I have been married for what will be 13 years this December. My wife, Liz, and I have a beautiful 8-year-old son named Jadon and a sweet rescue Lab named Dexter.
I love food – all of it, but especially pie. Don't be surprised if I talk about pie at your wedding. I live for strong dark coffee and bourbon. I once thought about training as a chef and was accepted to culinary school, but after reading Anthony Bourdain’s book “No Reservations,” I decided that wasn’t for me.
My career has been full of unexpected twists. I’ve worked at Oscar Mayer and the U.S. Postal Service, as an associate for an internationally-recognized photography studio. I walked away from a management career to pursue my love of photography, and I’ve never regretted it. (There’s more on that story below.)
I’m thoughtful, emotional, and passionate about what I do. I’m in the wedding photography business because I’m a romantic and an idealist, devoted to the ideal of faithfulness. My sense of adventure allows me to capture unexpected moments and beautiful places. Clients find me approachable and warmhearted. I love what I get to do for a living and the people I meet along the way.
When I was in high school, I was fascinated by black and white photography. Fast forward to 2010, the year I got my first DSLR camera and my son was born. We had newborn photos taken, and I thought: “I can totally do this. Why am I not doing this?”
I started practicing on friends and family. And then some dear friends got engaged and asked me to shoot their wedding. To practice, I found opportunities to work as a second shooter. After my first day working at a wedding, something inside me clicked. I left feeling the most alive that I’ve ever felt, and before I was a part of my friends’ wedding, I shot twelve weddings in less than a year.
I kept reaching out to other photographers to find more opportunities. One day, I saw that one of my favorite studios – Blue Dandelion Photography (now Twig & Olive Photography) – was hiring an intern. I applied. When I showed my portfolio to Doug at Blue Dandelion, he told me: “There’s no way I can bring you on as an intern.” Instead, he explained, he wanted to offer me a job as an associate.
I was supposed to spend the first two years second-shooting for Blue Dandelion. Imagine my shock when, six weeks later, I was asked to shoot a wedding on my own. I felt terrified, but I managed to hide it and the photos turned out well. That day, I realized that I had a team of people who believed in my ability and were willing to put their reputation on the line to have me represent them. My time working with Doug, Courtney, and Bobbi built my confidence as a professional, and I will always be grateful for their support.
Oddly enough, the thing that finally spurred me into starting my own studio was the postal service – my schedule changed so that I no longer had weekends off. When that happened, the Blue Dandelion team encouraged me to go out on my own and found what today is Abbots Lane Photography.
Great images are built around trust. Every time I work with clients, I want to earn their trust, confidence, and excitement so I can deliver the best possible photos. If you’re reading this thinking: “I want to work with this guy,” let’s talk! When you invest and trust in our relationship, then together, we can create something beautiful.