No matter where I go, no matter what city or state or country I move to, I will never forget the feeling of summer afternoons with Joy around North Eastern PA.
I stumbled across these images from an extra fine summer afternoon in the backwoods of Scranton, where her & I had already swam at the nearby waterfall (one of the many 'secret garden' locations I've scouted!) and decided it was time to go hang out and maybe take some portraits in a field. As I go through these photographs right now, my mind wanders: so much nostalgia is being triggered rn. I'm reminiscing and romanticizing what life felt like during the summer of 2018. At this stage in my life, I was living in Rhode Island and coming back to my hometown of Clarks Summit, PA for photo work often, and spent days going on adventures with friends, driving around the backroads for hours, or just exploring the woods alone.
It was so... peaceful. Carefree. Blissful. I didn't have a worry in the world when I was wandering. I simply couldn't subscribe to the narrative of the culture around me telling us to hustle 24/7. It just didn't jive with my spirit. (But then again - I'm not exactly someone who 'goes with the grain').
I'll be honest with you, in 2018, I was either going hard with shoots and business stuff, or straight up sitting in a field all day dreaming. Or, I would be at one of the many serene lakes, rivers, and creeks in the Scranton area (which are abundant), just straight up soaking in the sun and taking a swim. I would listen to music and imagine a movie play out in my head, while all of my senses were taking in what nature was giving. I look back now and think, damn, thats the freaking life. Not a care in the world. Such simple happiness and contentment in the rolling fields and mountains around me. I want to get back to doing that more.
My seasons spent exploring and discovering these locations all around the North East will forever be some of my most fond memories. I think thats why I'm so passionate about photographing people in nature, especially in NEPA; I love inviting people to not only see how scenic this area actually is, but make memories with them like this too. Memories that make you feel something so damn good when you look at the images 5 years later. Every shoot is like an extension of my own experiences at these locations, and when I get to back to them, or found new ones specifically scouted for someone's shoot, I get the opportunity to create more beautiful memories with people.
I'm so grateful.
The essence of my photographs stem from subconsciously knowing that these moments I'm capturing are ones that you're going to romanticize years down the line - the moments where you're at peace, blissful, just simply taking in the beauty around you. Just simply existing. Just simply being you.
And I'm ready to make some more adventuring and exploring memories this summer if you are too.
Send me a message, let's make some memories.