About William

I became fascinated with photography at an early age, thanks to my father. It wasn’t his photographic skill that inspired me, though, since my dad was not a very good photographer. We would always joke how people in his photos would have plants and trees growing out of their heads.

It was actually my father’s camera that captured my interest. I loved the way it felt in my hands — all those cool buttons and controls. It intrigued me. I was also amazed at how it could be used to create these awesome images.

I still have that camera, an old German Praktica 5B, and it sits on my desk alongside my own first camera, a Canon A1.

I loved the camera, but after college, I ended up in the aerospace industry (but that’s a story for another day). I must’ve done pretty well — I ended up president of an aerospace parts company. I got to travel and saw lots of amazing places.

It was on one of those trips in 1999 that I walked into a camera shop, on impulse, and came out with a brand new Nikon camera, lens and flash. In no time, I was hooked again!

Because of my extensive traveling, I thought I wanted to be a travel and landscape photographer. In a bizarre twist of fate I even managed to win a National Geographic contest for a photograph I took in Greece. (I owe my wife for this one as she constantly encouraged me to enter my images).

I knew it was time to get out of aerospace and into photography. About that time, my nephew in Canada asked me to photograph his wedding. Now, I got married in a powder blue tux with ruffles — maybe that’s why I had always associated wedding photography with those cheesy, posed images. But I said I would do it for my nephew.

I bought a book on wedding photography, went to Canada, photographed his wedding and yep — I had a blast! It was so much fun and such a creative experience for me that I knew right away that’s what I wanted to do. Six months later, I was a full-time wedding photographer, and I haven’t looked back at the aerospace industry once.

I admit it — I just love action! Wedding photography requires me to be an expert in all types of photography, whether it’s portrait, landscape, action or product shots. I have to be able to work under pressure to make sure I get all the required shots in, but then I can spend some fun time creating artful images with my couples.

My favorite thing about being a wedding photographer is getting to know my clients. My couples spend their whole wedding day with me, so we have to be comfortable with each other. I often end up being friends with many of my wedding couples.

Do I dream about being a world-traveling, award-winning photographer? Not really. I’m happy shooting weddings full-time. I don’t even enter contests. I believe the true judges of my work are my clients. If they value my work, there’s no greater reward.

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Okay, for you organizational types, here’s the facts:

I live in Southern California with my wife and little white dog. My kids are out doing their own stuff and are not into photography — yet.

I’m currently a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).

I am currently part of the Panasonic Lumix Luminary program helping photographers with hybrid photography and cool micro four thirds cameras.

I have written for a couple of online photography publications and present workshops on wedding photography.

  • Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographer - September 13, 2010 - 6:27 AM

    Haha wonderful photography! Just stumbled upon your work today! And I agree with you, it is a very addicting craft once you get roped into it! Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • Wayne Steele - September 13, 2010 - 6:29 AM

    Do you still shoot with Nikon? Do you offer video to your clients?ReplyCancel

  • Patrick - November 8, 2011 - 3:56 AM

    Hi William,
    While reading your article “Your website is your first client…” in Smart Shooter, I took a look at your website. I absolutely love your photos. Something about your colors, contrast and sharpening. Can’t put my finger on it, but these photos look stunning. It appears you put as much work in post processing as in taking pictures. So, I am asking you if you don’t mind share a little bit about your post-processing.

    I look forward to hear from you.

    Best
    PatrickReplyCancel

  • Maria Chittum - January 10, 2012 - 6:26 PM

    Saw your store front today when I was taking a walk. I had to look you up. I’ve been mostly a stay at home mom for the past 18 years with a lifetime love for photography. The past 4 years I’ve been working and improving my craft. I’ve taken many photography workshops and photoshop classes. I love photoshop! I use the CS5 version as well as the OnOne software. I haven’t really used Lightroom because I use Aperture. I’ve done some event photography as well as portrait photography but, I’m mostly known for my work with the West Ranch High School’s Marching Band. I volunteer countless hours to their program. For the past 2 yrs. I’ve put together their Classic program using InDesign. The Classic is a yearly Band competition hosted by West Ranch at Valencia High School. Last October I designed the cover for the program. I’m extremely proud of it. If you get the chance visit my website http://www.scvphotomom.com. Currently, I’m looking for part time work. Along with the skills I’ve mentioned I have a clerical background. I also have a very good work ethic. If you find that you are in need of someone that has my skills I hope that you will consider contacting me. My cell phone is 818-634-1862. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Maria ChittumReplyCancel

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