Photography, Storytelling, and the Art of the Hustle
Jumping into the game in the late 90s, I wasn't just another guy at the skatepark or the music gig - I was the one with the camera, right in the thick of it. Capturing those raw, epic moments, I turned my fun into a full-blown career, diving headfirst into commercial photography and design, spicing things up with some video and animation action.
When Google came knocking between 2013 and 2015, grabbing me for their Trusted Photography Program, that's when things really took off. Post-Google? No way I was going to just kick back. I cranked it up, building my own dominions – DHPixels and CommercialPhotoVideo.com. We're talking major league players in Chicago’s product photography game.
But here's the twist – since 2016, my lens has been all about the delicious chaos of food photography. I've been in the trenches, capturing over 1,700 restaurants in Chicago, working with big shots like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub. From the high energy of food trucks to the classy vibes of Michelin-starred places, each click wasn't just about getting the perfect shot; it was storytelling, making those mouth-watering dishes jump right off the photo.
And hey, it's not just food. I've been side-hustling with Lawson Products, nailing over 10,000 tool shots in the last eight years. This gig? It's about bringing those inanimate hunks of metal to life, showing off each tool's edge and character.
Throughout this whole ride, one thing's been constant – the lessons from my adoptive folks. Dream big, hustle hard, and never see a ceiling. That's the playbook I'm living and passing down to my kids.