ENGAGEMENT - WEDDING - PORTRAIT - EVENT
I have to say, I'm very lucky that my passion for photography became my job today.
I spent most of my life working in retail sales and management for Nordstrom and Verizon but at one point in my career, I decided to leave the race to focus on my family and do something more rewarding. That's when I turned my passion for photography into a business.
I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. My family fled the war when I was a few months old and went to New Delhi, India for two years; my parents thought they would one day return back to Kabul but eventually gave up that hope and our next destination became France, the wonderful place I was very lucky to call home for the next 16 years.
I then moved to California when I was 18. and after spending 13 beautiful years in the Bay Area, I went back to France to introduce my wife and daughters (the 3 women I am deeply in love with) to the lifestyle I grew up in. We stayed a little over 3 years in my hometown in Strasbourg. After spending lots of quality family time and traveling all across Europe we decided to return to the Bay Area in 2016.
I was drafting the whole story about why and how I got into photography but that turned out to be way too long (lots of adventures between France and the US!), so I'll share some of these stories when we meet. Until then, here are a few things about me:
How long have I been taking pictures?
Since I was a kid but started taking paid gigs in 2011. In 2013, it became my full time job.
What kind of photography do I provide?
Pretty much any type of special events (especially weddings!) and individual/couple/family portraits.
I also cater to corporate clients offering a variety of services to meet their needs; you can see a small sample of my corporate/commercial photography in the corporate section of this site.
I have been blessed to be exposed to various cultures, industries, and some unique projects to give me solid experience in many areas of photography, feel free to get in contact and let me know how I can help.
What style of photography do I offer?
I can adapt to many styles and tastes, yet my favorite style is Photojournalism where candid shots and spontaneous moments become the stories that I tell with each picture. Each event is unique and my goal is to create beautiful memories by providing high end customer service and high quality results.
I often ask potential new clients to browse Instagram and Pinterest to find pictures they dream of having for their session or event; based on what they show me, I can either show similar work that I have done or assess if I have the gear and skills to produce such images. My ultimate goal is to deliver you those images that you dream of.
How much photography experience?
As of March 2018, I covered: 312 portrait sessions, 203 weddings, 109 baby sessions, 67 maternity sessions, 46 various businesses, 7 high profile public figures (meeting celebs is a very cool perk!).
What to expect with me?
Positive attitude, honesty, clear communication, flawless execution of what we agreed upon, creative and original ideas, punctuality, to accommodate all your requests (as long as there's no danger to anyone and we're not breaking any laws), a good sense of humor, and anything I can help with beyond just being your photographer.
Do I offer video services?
Yes, if you need a video to be produced, I work with several videographers that I contract and oversee to ensure all your needs are met.
Do I teach photography?
Yes, I have had the privilege and honor to teach and coach 3 talented artists who are now operating the Avant-Garde Photo studio in Strasbourg, France that I founded in 2014.
For 2021, I will not be offering any classes.
Things I like:
My wife and kids, traveling, warm weather, fresh squeezed juice in the morning, telling jokes, inspiring and motivating others, French pastries, Italian coffee, meeting new people, and in case I forgot to mention...my wife and kids :-)
Things I don't like:
Lies, hypocrisy, bad weather, slow internet connection, seafood, greed, migraines.