Originally from Navojoa, Sonora Mexico I moved to Phoenix Arizona with my family at the age of fifteen. By the age of nineteen I was done with school and in a successful rock band. Geared up with my bandmates (I’ll be sure to share a picture for your amusement), an old van, and our tour schedule for Mexico I had my whole life planned…or so I thought. My world was turned upside down when we discovered my mom had breast cancer. I learned just how precious life can be. I gave up my dream of being in a rock band for my mother’s health and never looked back.

So how in the world did I become a photographer!?! While working to help pay for my mother’s medical bills I decided to take a few community college classes, one of which happened to be a photography basics. After my mom finished Chemo (so blessed to report she’s been cancer free for 10 years) I moved to Vallarta, Mexico where I spent the next few years earning a degree in Multimedia Communications Engineering (fancy huh?) with an emphasis on photography. I also spent a year of that time studying abroad in England, be sure to check out my landscape hobby work in addition to my professional portfolio. So, what am I doing now ?

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Currently I’ve been working in the Arizona for the past five years doing event photography: weddings, south asian and other multi cultural events, quinceañera, baptisms, graduations, family shoots, and anything else that I have the fortunate pleasure to be involved in. I met my beautiful wife here and we recently had a wedding of our own. We now have a fur baby (be sure to check out pics of our sweet Bella you won’t be able to keep yourself from smiling). I chose to do wedding photography because I understand how precious every moment we have with our loved ones is and how they should be cherished. If you want a photographer that is going to work your event as if it were my own family, then I’m your guy.

I knew two things as a child that I loved dinosaurs, traveling, and hopped those two would one day collide. I originally took a photography class to improve my travel photos and had no idea how much it would change my life direction. While weddings are my main passion these days I still travel and do landscape photography while i’m out and about. You can see some of my favorite travel photos below;

Zion National Park


Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Horseshoe Bend, Page Arizona

Lake Powell

Enough about me = ) I’d love to get to know your story and hear all about your special day.