A little bit about me

The rare times my wife and I got all fancy

From Engineering to Photography

So, I’ve always been drawn to photography. It’s amazing to me to be able to freeze a moment in time. Even though life started me out as an engineer, I never lost my love of the medium.

But my love affair with photography really picked up in 2015 when my wife was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. We were living in California with our kids at the time but decided we wanted them to have family around. So after my wife finished up her initial treatment we moved back home to Rochester, NY.

When I was back in Rochester my friend Chris Mason and I picked things up right where we left off. He was expanding his design business into photography. I wanted to go shooting with him so bad, but I couldn’t pull the trigger on buying a new camera.

Chris was very persuasive and eventually, I broke down and bought my first DSLR – a Canon t3i. We spent many late nights roaming the cold streets of Downtown Rochester. I was shooting and learning as much as I could. My fire was lit.

Not only was it satisfying a deep hunger in me for expression, but I was finding comfort and hope in my photography. It was helping me deal with everything that was happening in my life.

I will try and make the world more authentic and real. To preserve cherished memories, one photo at a time. If I had to sum it up in two words, “Honest Expression”.

Passions Evolved

After I had been shooting for a while, I started to really hone in on what I was most drawn to.

People.

Or more specifically moments.

After all that had happened in my life, I started to understand the importance of capturing the raw, honest moments. I desperately wished I had been able to capture the years leading up to my wife’s diagnoses and our time through it.

I knew I wanted nothing more than to give families the chance to have what I never did. If possible, I would want every family to have a catalog of these moments and to be able to pass them along to their kids when they are older.

My three crazy kids!

One of the last photos taken of my "Glo-worm"

The voice that never leaves me – my greatest inspiration.

Of course, none of this matters without my grandma, or as I called her – my “gloworm”.  So was/is the biggest inspiration in my life. She always believed in me. Whatever I was doing in my life, so was my greatest champion.

No matter what.

Her words will remain with me forever. In my darkest and brightest moments, her voice is the first thing I hear.

Not only that but her and I shared a strong love of all things strawberry!

So that’s a little bit about me. I am obsessed with capturing humanity in it’s most authentic moments,- the real moments. I do this whether it’s through family documentary photography, portraiture, or my fine art images.

I will try and make the world more authentic and real. To preserve cherished memories, one photo at a time. If I had to sum it up in two words, “Honest Expression”.

– CJ

P.S. I’m really into Korean skincare. It’s not uncommon to see me relaxing with a sheet mask on.