My name is JJ and I am a photographer. With a great big smile. Everyone is led down a path for various reasons, here is my story:
I found a camera in a closet when I was young it put a spell on me. I was completely fascinated by its mechanics; it’s magic to create a still image. And I then realized that a still image could tell a story. I knew there was nothing else but the path of photography for me so I took some steps to allow me to learn, experience and do photography.
The process of immersing myself in the art has been a driving force. From obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cinema, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College, studying abroad in Italy, and working for various local publications before I moved to New York City after graduation. Over the eight years since graduating and moving to New York, I have assisted many great commercial photographers and traveled the globe. It was my fellow Gruber Photographer, Ryan Carville, who introduced me to Terry and his team one year after moving to New York City. We moved up the ranks together, traveling, learning and growing with the Gruber gang. It was with Gruber that I found my love for story telling through the emotion-filled day of the wedding. I was hooked.
To tell a story the still image is a powerful tool. Being able to harness its powers has been a driving force for me in my career. From making one powerful image to sell a product amongst the pages of national magazines to creating the story of a special day in a person’s life, I have had the pleasure of capturing clients milestones.
My style is something that might be described as “pretty with a touch of whimsy.” I observe and I capture that raw moment. I am drawn to expressing the joy and fun in the stories I tell. And I am always looking forward to finding my next story.
My images have been published in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, The Knot, Bridal Guide, BizBash, Rebel Ink, Urban Ink, Skin&Ink. My commercial specialty is bridal fashion with clients like Jenny Yoo and Bari Jay.