John was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, CA. He was introduced to photography during his junior year of high school in 1988.
He pursued all areas of photography very passionately as a hobby until becoming a professional portrait photographer in 1993, after several friends convinced him to photograph their weddings.
It has always been John’s goal to create something original and different but fantasy portraits were never part of the plan. “I wasn’t looking for it, it found me”, recalls John. “Around 2003 Photoshop introduced a new tool called liquify and just to show what it could do I stretched a brides ears and turned her into an elf. (“Lord of the Rings” was in theatres about this time.) It turned out so nice I put a copy in my portfolio and it just evolved from there. But things really took off when the owner of a faerie collectable store asked me to create 12 images for a calendar. That’s what gave me the biggest push”.
In 2010, while suffering from a sleepless night in a hotel room bed, John received his inspiration for using black light and he was off on what has become the biggest adventure of his career.
John has received numerous awards for his wedding and fantasy portraits through the WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) and was featured as “Studio of the Month” in their February 2004 publication. His work has been featured in Bill Hurter’s books “The Best of Wedding Photography - Third Edition”, “Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers” and “The Best of Senior Portrait Photography” all published by Amherst Media. His faerie art was also featured in Faerie Magazine’s Winter 2005 issue as well as an eight page article in the Oct. 2011 issue of “Rangefinder” magazine (read article).
John now lives in the quiet little town of Wellsville in Northern Utah, with his lovely wife Becky and their three children.