Tell me about yourself?
I’m Gene, and I’m a big fan of weddings. I never grew up thinking I wanted to be a wedding photographer. Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a firefighter or Michael Jordan… or a rockstar. It wasn’t until I was in college for Graphic Design that I purchased my first camera, and instantly fell in love.
My lovely then-girlfriend-now-wife, Jill, was 100 miles away for four years of college, so I found myself with more free time than I knew what to do with. So I spent a lot of those free hours shooting and studying photography. What can I say? This sparked a passion and before I knew it I was quitting my day job to shoot weddings full-time. Fast forward a few years and here we are. Jill and I got married, bought a home in Minneapolis, adopted our pups, Indie and Dexter, and are enjoying life as newlyweds.
Describe your style?
I love the story of a wedding. Two people madly in love, sharing their relationship in front of friends and family, giving us a small glimpse into their love story. I want to tell your story as organic, candid and real as possible. Because I am more attracted to artful documentary, that is the kind of photography that I provide for my couples.
What inspires you?
Oh boy, there’s a lot. It’s hard not to be inspired by what I’m closest to; my wife, family, friends and the grace of God. Something that really gets me is a true love story; those small quirks in a relationship that make it truly unique. The way you hold each other’s hands, laugh at each other’s jokes, smile when you look at each other or finish each other’s sentences.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I absolutely love photography but there are a lot of other activities I also love. I enjoy spending my free time mountain biking, watching movies, playing basketball, playing video games, board games with friends, going out to dinner with my wife, Jill, and interior design.