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About

My passion for photography started long before I even realized it was there.  After college, I moved to Taiwan to reconnect with family and my step-mother bought me a Sony point and shoot.  At the time, I just wanted to capture the all the amazing landscape, mountains, food, people, and life that Taiwan had to offer.  I never realized, through the lens, I was looking at the world in a completely different way.  I always had an appreciation for the way a photo could make you feel or the story it would tell.  However, it wasn't until my wife and I went to Iceland for our honeymoon and our iPhones were taking better photos than an old Canon point and shoot she had gotten years back that I decided to invest in my first DSLR. We both love to travel and see new places, meet new people, try new foods, and experience different cultures and it was something I wanted to document.  I wanted to show our future kids that we were once young and fun traveling the world!  Ever since then my passion has grown and I am inspired by something different every day. 

Being that I grew up in Florida, went to college in Alabama, lived in Taiwan, and now reside in Chicago I have an appreciation for all forms of photography.  Regardless if I am doing travel, street, landscape, or lifestyle I want my photos to tell a compelling story.  

I am married to the beautiful Cali O'Rourke of Cali O’Rourke Calligraphy.  We are both transplants from Florida and Michigan, but currently live in the great city of Chicago.  We love to travel, eat good food, drink craft beers, and explore the Second City.  We are also eight months pregnant with our son and first child!  If you are interested in any of Cali's calligraphy work for weddings or events please contact her at cali@cocalligraphy.com.

To schedule a photo session, or to purchase prints, please don't hesitate to contact me.  Thanks for visiting and look forward to hearing from you. 

JD