The Queen City Through the Lens

Buffalo, the City of Good Neighbors, means togetherness. Buffalo has a quickly growing population of refugees from around the world, and they have contributed to, and enriched our neighborhoods with cultural diversity. Events such as Refugee Day, and Taste of Diversity show off exactly what it means to be the City of Good Neighbors.

Buffalo, the City of Good Neighbors, means togetherness. Buffalo has a quickly growing population of refugees from around the world, and they have contributed to, and enriched our neighborhoods with cultural diversity. Events such as Refugee Day, and Taste of Diversity show off exactly what it means to be the City of Good Neighbors.

 

Buffalo is also well known for it’s festivals and celebrations. St. Patrick’s Day, Dyngus Day, The Allentown Art Festival, Taste of Diversity, and of course the Taste of Buffalo just to name a few. There is always an adventure, a festival, something to try, and something to capture.

Buffalo is also well known for it’s festivals and celebrations. St. Patrick’s Day, Dyngus Day, The Allentown Art Festival, Taste of Diversity, and of course the Taste of Buffalo just to name a few. There is always an adventure, a festival, something to try, and something to capture.

Buffalo is full of surprises, characters and free spirits. Sometimes you’re never sure who or what you’ll come across, but don’t be surprised! It’s one of the things that makes Buffalo a wonderfully unique place to live.

Buffalo is full of surprises, characters and free spirits. Sometimes you’re never sure who or what you’ll come across, but don’t be surprised! It’s one of the things that makes Buffalo a wonderfully unique place to live.

Buffalo is a town that always seems to have things happening. I wish I could capture every moment of every event to show off all the amazing things we do! Here, a DJ rocks the Halloween Witches’ Ball in Hotel Lafayette.

Buffalo is a town that always seems to have things happening. I wish I could capture every moment of every event to show off all the amazing things we do! Here, a DJ rocks the Halloween Witches’ Ball in Hotel Lafayette.

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Adventure is sometimes the name of the game. Here, I captured Kodiak bears fishing for Salmon in the Russian River in Kodiak, AK in September 2008. Although I only spent two days on the island, I came away with a lifetime of stories.

This image was taken in the side-view mirror as I traveled east on Interstate 90, through South Dakota. Capturing an amazing sunset over the heartland plains of our nation, while on a road that connects directly back to Buffalo. Seeing this image always reminds me that my photography can help me look back, and see where I once was, but even though the past might look bright and colorful from a distance, there are new sunrises ahead.

This image was taken in the side-view mirror as I traveled east on Interstate 90, through South Dakota. Capturing an amazing sunset over the heartland plains of our nation, while on a road that connects directly back to Buffalo. Seeing this image always reminds me that my photography can help me look back, and see where I once was, but even though the past might look bright and colorful from a distance, there are new sunrises ahead.

This photo I took in Sydney Australia in December 2007. It was taken a bit off-hand as I walked past on my way back from the Sydney Opera House. It’s is one of those street photography moments that couldn’t be planned, but to me the image says so many things. The style differences between the generations, the attentiveness of the young man to his older companion. It asks questions as to the conversation, are they related, and what brought about the interaction? Such a simple scene, yet so much to consider.

This photo I took in Sydney Australia in December 2007. It was taken a bit off-hand as I walked past on my way back from the Sydney Opera House. It’s is one of those street photography moments that couldn’t be planned, but to me the image says so many things. The style differences between the generations, the attentiveness of the young man to his older companion. It asks questions as to the conversation, are they related, and what brought about the interaction? Such a simple scene, yet so much to consider.

I love capturing nature, especially some of the parts of it we tend to miss when we’re busy with our lives. Here, a pair of bees enjoy a warm Buffalo summer day, and blossoming thistle plants.

I love capturing nature, especially some of the parts of it we tend to miss when we’re busy with our lives. Here, a pair of bees enjoy a warm Buffalo summer day, and blossoming thistle plants.

Sometimes all of the elements of my passion come together at once: movement, fashion, art, beauty and the city I call home. Here, working with entertainer Cortney Chyme, we set up an amazing concept shoot on a brisk, but sunny October morning. Images from this set have been featured in Xpressions Magazine and Buffalo Spree.

Sometimes all of the elements of my passion come together at once: movement, fashion, art, beauty and the city I call home. Here, working with entertainer Cortney Chyme, we set up an amazing concept shoot on a brisk, but sunny October morning. Images from this set have been featured in Xpressions Magazine and Buffalo Spree.

More artistic fun making use of Buffalo’s amazing sunsets. This one captured at Wilkenson Pointe on the Outer Harbor shows off the beauty of Buffalo’s waterfront with fun, artistic motion.

More artistic fun making use of Buffalo’s amazing sunsets. This one captured at Wilkenson Pointe on the Outer Harbor shows off the beauty of Buffalo’s waterfront with fun, artistic motion.

My favorite adventures are the ones I get to share with my kids! Grab a kayak and hit the water, or go for a hike in one of the region’s many parks. Buffalo is full of adventure! Just be sure to capture a few of the moments as you go.

My favorite adventures are the ones I get to share with my kids! Grab a kayak and hit the water, or go for a hike in one of the region’s many parks. Buffalo is full of adventure! Just be sure to capture a few of the moments as you go.

 

About the Photographer

Photography, as a passion for me, started at a young age. Pretty much as early as I can remember, I was fascinated with the idea of being able to capture images using a camera, and even around ten years old, I would steal away with my father’s camera, and burn up rolls of film. In high school at West Seneca West, I joined the photography team for the school yearbook, and took on photographing as many events, and as many of my fellow students as I could. I wasn’t the most social child, so photography gave me a reason to be more social, and gave others a reason to engage with me.

After high school however, the frequency, and consistency with which I practiced any photography waned as more adult responsibilities took a hold of my life.

  Fast forward to modern day photography. I purchased my first DSLR kit in 2007, and quickly rediscovered the passion I had for photography in my youth. At the time I was traveling frequently for work, and owning a quality camera allowed me the luxury of capturing many of the places, people, and experiences I enjoyed while working from a different city every week. As that little Nikon D40x rekindled my passion, I found many other outlets to perform photography. Events, the growing fashion industry in Buffalo, all of the great architecture, and landscapes the region has to offer, creative, and artistic images – and of course, the excitement was buoyed by the enjoyment of sharing what I could capture, and create, across the internet with other people.

  I don’t see my photography in its entirety as only a business. I find so much joy in knowing I can use my skills, knowledge, experience, and talents to help others, too. Whether it is supporting community organizations, the endeavors of friends, or just doing my best to capture an event in such a way that it creates a more positive image for Buffalo, and all the wonderful people, and places there are to enjoy here. Regardless of the reason, I put my best efforts into creating unique, and artistic images.

  Since those days of travel almost a decade ago, my photography as a business, and my art has grown exponentially. I often look back on those old travel photos as some of my fondest memories, but also with a wisp of, “If I only knew then what I know now,” wishing I could go back and recapture those moments again as a more skilled photographer. But that’s one of the things that makes photography unique when compared to so many other art forms; you’re capturing a moment in a fraction of a second that can never be relived, or recreated, but once you’ve captured it, it exists in that image as long as you preserve that image.

  I started writing a blog to chronicle my adventures, and stories under the label Living In The Buff in 2005, and that is the name I adopted for my photography studio as it has grown to become such a large part of my life.

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