Who are you?

Avid traveler, climber, outdoor nut. Loves smoothies, hates mushrooms. Caffeine intolerant espresso nerd. Has a well-used crepe pan. Knows a few card tricks and bad jokes. Once won a palm tree climbing contest in Thailand. Fell out of a boat on 7/4/00 and was lost at sea for a half hour (It was 4th of July and I watched a fireworks show; there wasn't much else to do. Ask me over beers).

On the to-do list: climb in Patagonia, ride a bike around Nova Scotia, visit the Galapagos. On the to-do-again list: write another list of cool things to do.

Who am I?

You are madly in love, you're a little cheesy, you laugh a lot, you're real, you're adventurous, and most importantly, at least as far as photography goes, you trust me. When you trust me, you open up a little more. When you open up, you let me just that much more into your world. And that's when I can use the camera to capture the magic.

What's with the name?

Besides the nice ring, dreamtime is a concept in Aboriginal mythology that basically means "the beginning of everything." I think that's a fitting name for a wedding studio. And for the climbers out there, Dreamtime, one of the world's most cutting edge, aesthetic, and famous boulder problems, is a gold standard. It's on a beautiful rock in the woods of Switzerland.

What's your style?

I hate to label my style with a trend or a buzzword. The only reasonable assessment of my style is the feeling you get in your gut when you see my pictures. I'll say that I love to shoot truth and honesty, whatever that means. I will be unobtrusive, but I don't believe in being a fly on the wall all the time. Often there's an emotional disconnect if a photographer is always far away. Sometimes a photographer needs to be close, shooting with an intimate, wider lens, and you need to be so comfortable that you don't notice his or her presence. Sometimes a photographer needs to be far away, shooting with a longer lens, because for whatever reason, that moment is too special to share.

What are your prices?

Please fill the contact form to receive a list of packages via email. Associate packages are available on select dates at lower rates.

Who are these Associates?

We have two Associate Photographers, Bernd and Chris, working with the studio. They are exceptional photographers who are passionate about their craft.

Click here to see their portfolios.

Dreamtime Associates are available at reduced rates on select dates. Please note on your inquiry form if you're interested in an Associate Package.

Can you fly to my wedding?

Absolutely. Dreamtime's typical wedding schedule includes destination weddings throughout the US and abroad. Please enquire for details. You'll find images in the portfolio from weddings in the Bahamas, Aruba, Belize, the Virgin Islands, Tulum, Cozumel, Huatulco, the Florida Keys, Santa Barbara, Montana, Norway, and many other beautiful and enchanting places.

What albums do you carry?

We offer fine, handmade coffee table books from Pictobooks, Finao, Couturebook and Willowbooks.

What's with the Photo Booth?

When time, space and venue allow, Dreamtime weddings can include a photobooth -- it's proven to be an utterly ridiculous, memorable and hilarious addition to a wedding. Check out a 'best of' in the portfolio section if you haven't already.

I decided to start providing a photobooth when I grew tired of shooting table shots. Every time I'd head to a new table, I'd find half eaten meals, a messy table, and a few empty seats from guests who were socializing. Half the people didn't know each other at the table anyway, so the photos weren't very authentic.

I set up the first photobooth in a wedding at the Convict Lake Resort near Mammoth Lakes. The guests loved it and the images were so real because I felt like the guests were interacting directly with the couple. It took me out of the equation entirely.

I can often provide a photo booth for local weddings if there is space to put it and time for me to set it up. Destination weddings are more challenging, but still possible in many countries (though customs regulations in a few countries prevent me from bringing enough cameras for a photo booth).

What's in your camera bag?

I shoot only with top quality, professional grade equipment, and I use a lot of redundancy. For a typical in-state wedding I will have 6-7 lenses, 3 bodies and 4 strobes.

BODIES

Canon 5d Mark III - I bring two of these to each wedding, one fitted with a wide lens and other with a longer lens. Canon 5d Mark II - My backup.

LENSES

L Series primes and zooms, including a 24mm f/1.4L Mark II, a 35mm f/1.4L, a 50mm f/1.2L, an 85mm f/1.2L Mark II, a 135mm f/2 L, and a 100mm f/2.8L IS macro. Sometimes I use a Canon fisheye. When I travel, I bring a 24-70mm f/2.8 II, a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, the 35mm f/1.4L, and the 85mm f/1.2L Mark II.

LIGHTS

Canon's 600EX RT speedlights and CP-E4 battery packs. I also use Justin Clamps and Nano light stands by Manfrotto.