Hey, I’m AJ.
A rare bird of a INFJ, I do not drink coffee, and the day after your wedding I will most likely be getting pancakes delivered to my house while I binge watch The Office (you should try it). I fell in love with photography years ago in the darkroom; my very introverted high schooler self would spend every minute I could in there, lunch time and all. The combination of the photographic science, space of quietness and the creation of images and aesthetic really got me hooked. This is also when I started forming deep inseparable attachments to cameras (Hi there SX-70, Yashica T4 & Nikon FM2…I see you) that still exist today.
After high school I spent years traveling; train hopping (do not try this at home kids), hitchhiking, traveling overseas and living in Israel. During those years, the most important thing that I packed, were those cameras; they were my loyal companions. Throughout my travels, photography became a method for me to process my ever changing surroundings of landscape, people, culture, and experiences and those years of photographs I now cherish as a visual journal of such important moments in my life (you can find a small pile of those photographs here). After 6 years overseas, I returned to Minnesota and found myself curious, but also totally apprehensive about the idea of photographing weddings. I thought long and hard about this decision because of my concern that I would have to leave behind my previous 10 years of aesthetic and best camera friends to fit into an industry already overflowing with expected images. However, here we are! And that is because I have been thrilled finding couples who want something a bit unconventional, each of them completely inspiring with their own energy and dynamics. I mean, the fact that I get to show up to a beautiful party with my favorite things (cameras) and do what I love (photograph) with amazing people (potentially you) is pretty amazing.
My non-ONONA time revolves around my personal photography work, the darkroom, traveling, ceramics, meditation, camping and time with friends and family. However, you can also find me watching The Office (yes, it is worth mentioning twice) with my really fantastic partner for life forever and ever Ronen and our cat Lily, that I happen to be very allergic to (also if you know how to train cats, please help).