From left to right: Olivia Gatwood, Joaquina Mertz, MJ Lozada-Oliva for their Alternate Universe Tour 2018

From left to right: Olivia Gatwood, Joaquina Mertz, MJ Lozada-Oliva for their Alternate Universe Tour 2018

About . . .

When I started Holy Smoke Photography, my intention was merely to create things that I wanted to see.  Now, after numerous hours of trail and error as well as many adventures I feel unbelievably lucky to have been a part of, I believe the heart of portrait photography is in authentic representation. When I take a photo of someone, I do not want mimicry or facades. My goal is to show you not only in your best light, but as the human you want to be. I want to capture the complete and unequivocal you; every element combining to create a piece that is timeless and yet a unique snapshot of a time in your life.

When I photograph, I still feel a bit like a magician. As if what I am doing shouldn't quite be possible. To further this mystical quality, I offer "special edits,"  which alter reality for the sake of mood or composition. 

One of Holy Smoke Photography's main specializations is  promotional photography, most frequently for musicians. I have been a fervent music-lover since about 11, so working with musicians is one of my favorite things to do. When working with artists, I put focus on staying true to the artist's brand, keeping in mind their previous social media presence as well as their current and hoped for musical identity.   Currently I am working with multiple singer/songwriters as they transition their image, release new music, and redesign their media presence. I have specific packages that involve this over-hauling of social media, send me a message through my contact page to learn more!

I also enjoy exploring the world of editorial photography sometimes with personal styling and sometimes by collaborating with designers.

This merely touches the surface of what Holy Smoke Photography has to offer. I also do shooting for live concerts, black & white portraiture, cityscape, album covers, concept shots, wildlife, and much more. Don't know if I do what you're looking for? Check out my contact page for how to get in touch with me and book a shoot today ~

For a semi-random collection of my photography over the past few months check out my portfolio page!