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What started out as photographing landscapes and campfire gatherings, expanded to more broadly documenting my travels, taking pictures at family gatherings, being hired to take pictures at small events, and eventually my first wedding!

Today, I am often doing a combination of all of these as well as many other photography projects.  In addition to being a wedding and event photographer, I take family portraits, provide small product shots and headshots for businesses and professionals, occasionally photograph real estate and remodeling projects, and, of course, I continue to have a variety of personal and travel projects.

Naturally my camera kit has changed and evolved over the years too. I started with a tiny, but very capable, mirrorless camera with a collapsible kit zoom lens. This was a wonderful travel camera but not very suitable for professional work. I eventually bought a slightly larger camera that used the same types of lenses I already had but was much more ergonomic and versatile. Eventually I began to transition to a larger, more professional setup. Today I own and use several cameras and lenses, and these are all much larger and heavier! I also have a few antique film SLR cameras and various manual focus lenses that I enjoy using for personal projects, and you will sometimes see me using those older lenses on my digital cameras at your wedding or event to get a very specific look.

My style is traditional, natural, and (hopefully!) timeless. Though I often spend a considerable amount of time editing images, my goal is to not have them look edited. I also tend to present a combination of both color and black and white images, unless a client has a strong preference for one versus the other.

Perhaps most importantly I strive to keep any session fun and relaxed, while still being focused on and aware of every beautiful moment and how to best capture and preserve it for you.  When I meet engaged couples, I always want to hear the details and ideas that you have planned for your day, as well as the story of how you and your fiance met, and the little things that matter to you both.

Finally, my wife is such a huge part of this, and I simply cannot overstate her importance both in encouraging me to pursue this passion and for her incredible assistance and developing skills as a second shooter on nearly all of 1828 Photography’s shoots. Our abilities and skill-sets complement each other so well, and she is quite simply amazing.

Thank you for visiting, and thank you for considering 1828 Photography for whatever photography needs you may have. While we are primarily a wedding and event photographer in Evansville, we often travel throughout the region, and we perform several other photography services so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to see if we can help you or to simply say “hello”!

I look forward to meeting with you soon!

Fun Facts

about me

I love bicycling. I am mostly a "roadie" but I do ride trails occasionally. While I've scaled back a lot in recent years, I have ridden thousands and thousands of miles and completed RAIN (Ride Across INdiana) with my brother in 2010.

My wife and I met through Tres Dias. We have had an amazing journey together. She has graciously helped me realize my dream of becoming a professional photographer, and assists and second shoots at nearly all of our weddings and family portrait sessions.

I am an avid hiker and backpacker. It's hard to choose a favorite destination, but so far I would have to say Glacier National Park.

While most of my friends and relatives disagree, I love the snow and wish we had more of it. I try to catch as much of the Winter Olympic Games as I can when it comes around every four years. If I could compete in them, I would want to try cross-country skiing (biathlon) and curling.

In many respects, I am very old-fashioned and nostalgic. I am also full of relatively useless information, particularly about sports and musicians

About ten or twelve years ago, I taught myself Norwegian using some books and CDs. I'm terribly out of practice now, but I used to have my Facebook and smartphone set up in Norwegian to help me learn/retain it. En dag, jeg vil gjerne reise til Norge.

I have a very vivid memory, but I am terrible with names. When I meet with clients, I ask for the names of close family, friends, etc. and write them all down. Later, I make flashcards and use mnemonics and practice to have them memorized before an event. My wife, on the other hand, meets a person or hears a name one time and remembers it forever!

I love peanut butter. . . yet it's one of the only foods my dad absolutely will not eat.

I play and enjoy many board and card games and that is something that started at quite a young age when my dad and I would play things like rummy, backgammon, hearts, aggravation, and a few others. My wife and I often play euchre with our parents, and she and I also play many modern board games together and with friends.

My wife and I both love to watch F1 racing and ride roller-coasters. We will NOT ride Ferris wheels!

My "life verse" is Psalms 18:28. "For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness." It resonates with me, not just spiritually, but also as a photographer. I could not do what I do without light, especially His light.

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Kierstin

We loved the locations and had a lot of fun working with you. The way you two work together as a team would make anyone comfortable. So many amazing pictures to choose from!

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The Eubanks

James was very patient with our family during our photo shoot. We were very impressed with the color and composition of his images and his professionalism. 1828 Photography is the only place we will go for family pictures from now on.

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