Tracy and David are a husband and wife stills and motion team based in Southern California – in Orange County, just outside of Los Angeles.
They generally shoot on location and love having an environmental component to their imagery. They are adventurers at heart, and look forward to finding new places that become backdrops to their work.
"We're always looking for new ways to tell stories, and are constantly working on self-assigned projects to stay inspired and to push ourselves to explore new directions in our work. We are former news photojournalists and spent years searching for interesting people and stories in our communities, so brainstorming and working on new project ideas is something that is second nature to us. We have so many ideas and we always wish there were just a few more hours in the day so we could pursue more projects."
"Sometimes though, the inspiration for our imagery doesn’t come from hours of brainstorming, but from the times when we're disconnecting."
Tracy has been working full time as a photographer for 13 years. David for 17 years, after previously working as a photo editor and art director for a newspaper. They left the newspaper photojournalism world around eight years ago to pursue freelancing.
"While we love what we do now and haven’t looked back, we’ve always felt that our work as photojournalists was the best bootcamp, where we problem-solved all day every day, learned to constantly adapt and switch directions, and work with people from all different walks of life. We became adept at working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, thinking quickly, staying calm in stressful situations, and creating large libraries of images under seemingly impossible deadlines. These skills have been invaluable in our commercial work today."
"As we're a team, people we’ve just met are often curious how we work together on set. They wonder if just one of us is the photographer/director, but we are both equally experienced and work together to shoot and direct stories for our clients. We bring our clients two collaborators, two sets of eyes, potentially more image possibilities from a situation, and also consistency of vision across both stills and motion. Depending on the project, sometimes we are both shooting the same situation at the same time from different angles or lenses, sometimes one of us is shooting, with the other directing (and we usually pass the camera back and forth in this situation so both of us take turns shooting), sometimes we both shoot in different locations at the same time if the timeline is extremely tight, and sometimes one of us is focused on motion, while the other is focused on stills on the same set. We are very flexible with this and work in the way that best suits the client and the project."
"We also began working with motion when we were photojournalists, and fully embraced this way of working about seven years ago. We continue to grow and learn as much as we can through experimentation, self-assigned projects and testing, and professional development and education, in order to work with clients to tell fresh, engaging, emotionally-driven brand stories in both stills and motion."
"We’ve photographed so many interesting people, places, and happenings, from the Kentucky Derby to the Presidential Inauguration to human trafficking in Guatemala. Recently, we completed a portrait project of former standout athletes, professional athletes, and Olympians, that was published as an annual fundraising book, and then ended up in a permanent exhibit."
"We also recently finished a motion story on which we worked in collaboration with a medical client, of a child patient benefiting from new cutting edge gene therapy. Also in the past year, we photographed a cliff diver in Hawaii, spent a morning on a lobster fishing boat off the coast of Maine, and photographed at a summer camp for adults in Massachusetts."
"We are often told how easily we fit into situations and how comfortable we make people feel (probably something we learned from our photojournalism days), so that opens the door to a wide variety of interesting and unique situations."