welcome, wanderer.

I'm so happy you're here.

I'm Colby.

it's so nice to meet you.

I’m a documentary photographer based in Upstate New York, where I am currently wandering through life with my hunk of a husband as we raise our two wild things. I am also an avid DIYer, thrifter, and intentional minimalist. An introvert with an undying love for people. I love carbs, a good story, and an even better adventure. I’m probably somewhere laughing at my own jokes, tending to plant babies that I’m struggling to keep alive, or forcing my cat to let me cuddle her. I’m passionate about life, love, and creating beautifully raw imagery for the wild at heart.

The idea and purpose behind The House of Wild is to capture you in your most authentic form. My job is to feel your story when I hear it and to use my camera as a vessel to retell it. Getting photographed by me should feel effortless because there is truly nothing more that you have to do than be yourself. If you hate those corny posed, smile and say “cheese” photos– I am right there with you. I never want to be the one who gives you those photos.
What I do want to give you are quality photos that you’re excited about. Photos that you feel like your true self in. Photos where you are wild and free– from judgment, embarrassment, and expectations; Free from the chaotic world around you. Freedom to be exactly who you are when you’re in your safe place and no one else is around.

I want to capture all of your big, loud moments and those quiet, tender moments that you think no one is noticing. I want to freeze those moments for you to revisit when it seems as though they’re nothing more than distant memories. I want you to be able to come back to those memories and feel them– really feel them. I want their stories (your story) to live on for generations to come.

I don’t think that it occurs to us enough how sacred our stories are until we realize just how limited our time here on Earth actually is. You only get to write one story with your life and that story is a treasure that should be valued in every season. That is why it is so important to me to always pour my heart and soul into how I capture yours. There is something so special about being able to tell one’s story without the use of words; doing so is never something that I take lightly. So! Come as you are! Let your hair down, throw your shoes off, and let’s create some magic; Together.

m y  w h y

 

Photography has always been a hobby of mine. In elementary school, I was always carrying around a disposable camera, ready and willing to snap a photo of any moment that I felt was worth freezing in time. Once I filled the little cardboard camera box, it was time to get the film developed and then into my elaborately-designed scrapbooks they went. As time went on, those tiny cardboard-covered film cameras slowly got upgraded to what is now my beloved “if my house burns down and I can’t take anything else, I’m taking my:” DSLR and those scrapbooks are what we now call fancy coffee-table albums. I am completely serious when I say that I never, in my wildest dreams, ever considered the mere possibility of any of this ever becoming my real-world,  income-producing job. Until recently.

You see, I’ve had people pressuring the artist side of me to become a business for years. No one could ever understand why I would just nervously laugh them off.  I have decided that since I’m always asking you, my clients, to let me into your world; it’s time to switch roles and let you into mine.

Photography is so, so sacred to me. I get my artistic eye from my father and though he’s no longer Earthside, art is one thing that still connects me to him. I like to think that through my art, his spirit lives on. Because of that, I pour my heart and soul into all of my work and then I hold it close and I cherish it. It’s fragile. It’s not duplicable. It is mine and no one can ever take it from me. In that, I find so much solitude.

Now, I am hoping that I can bring that same solitude to you. When you look back on your photos 50 years from now, it is my hope that you’ll smile and feel a sense of peace when you look back at the beautiful life that you have created. I hope that you hold onto those memories and remember, at that moment, just how special they are. Don’t ever let them go.  They are fragile. They are not duplicable. They are yours and no one can take them from you. They are why I do what I do.

You've got questions, I've got answers.

01. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

My family and I recently moved from Raleigh, North Carolina back to our hometown in Elmira, New York.

02. HOW DO I KNOW IF WE'RE A GOOD FIT?

If you're a fan of non-traditional, never have to look at my camera and say "cheese", let's just hang out and I'll snap some pics of you-- we're a good fit!

03. DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?

I do not. I prefer to photograph my subjects in an environment that resembles who they are and the vibe that they're going for. I feel that is the best way for me to tell their story. Whether we're in a fancy building or the grungy outdoors-- everyone's story and situation are different. I am always willing to give my opinion on where my favorite spots are but the decision is ultimately up to you!

04. DO YOU TRAVEL?

I would love to! If the right opportunity presents itself. If this is something that you're interested in, please contact me!

05. I'M REALLY SHY/AWKWARD! CAN YOU HELP ME FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA?

Absolutely! When you attend a photoshoot with me, how much direction you receive varies on your personal preference. I never want to make you feel awkward or uncomfortable so I try to just let you do your thing as naturally as possible before I step in. If you're not sure what to do, that's perfectly okay! I can either be a fly on the wall or direct the entire shoot; it's completely up to you.

06. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PHOTO PACKAGES?

All of my photo packages include my photography service, full-resolution edits, your very own digital gallery to share with your family and friends, and all printing rights. Prints and gifts can be purchased additionally a la carte.

07. HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

Every client receives a digital online viewing gallery with their images inside.

08. HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL I GET?

The amount of photos that you will receive varies on the photo session that you purchase. Shorter photoshoots typically produce the least amount of photos whereas longer photo shoots produce more photos.

09. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

My current turnaround time for finished galleries is six weeks from the date of your photoshoot. If you are in need of your photos sooner, please let me know prior to booking so that I can ensure that I am able to give you what you need.

10. HOW MUCH DO EXTRA DIGITAL PHOTOS COST?

Not a thing! I don't believe in withholding photos from you and then selling them to make an extra buck. I've done this in the past and it just never felt right. Each photo package guarantees a certain amount of photos but if I am able to capture more, you will receive them. For FREE.

11. AM I ALLOWED TO PRINT MY PHOTOS MYSELF?

Yes! Your photos are created to tell your story and it would be an absolute shame if you didn't print them. While The House of Wild does provide professional printing services that I highly recommend, all photo packages also come with a print release that grants you the right to print them on your own if you need to.

12. WILL YOU SEND ME ALL OF THE UNEDITED PHOTOS FROM MY SESSION?

I will not. 50% of my art happens inside of my camera while the other 50%, I believe, comes from the artistic enhancement that I add after our time together. I will only send you images that I have carefully taken the time to enhance by hand and ones that I am proud to have my name attached to.

13. DO YOU EVER COLLABORATE OR WORK WITH BRANDS IN ANY WAY?

Yes and yes! I love collaborating with brands if they are the right fit. I strive to only connect with brands who I personally purchase from or would purchase from in the future. If their brand stands for something that my heart believes in, I'm 100% game!

UPDATE: At this time, my schedule has limited the amount of pro-bono work that I am able to do in regards to branding. I am now offering business + branding photography packages per request. Please contact me if this is something that you are interested in.

14. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?

Photo package prices vary and are dependent on your desired photoshoot and the duration of time that I am photographing. A 50% non-refundable retainer fee is required at booking to hold your spot. The remaining 50% is due no later than 48 hours before your scheduled photo session.

15. DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?

I do not.

16. HOW DO I PAY YOU?

Once we chat all about the details of your shoot, I will email you a customized contract and invoice for your chosen photography package. The invoice will direct you right to my online service that will walk you through the steps of how to pay. It's super easy, convenient, and secure! I also accept PayPal or Venmo.

17. HOW DO I BOOK YOU?

First of all, THANK YOU! I am both humbled and honored that you have chosen me as your photographer. To book with me, simply fill out the "contact me" form that's linked below. Once I receive your information, I will be in touch with you to chat details. Once we chat details, booking is the next step. I require a 50% non-refundable retainer fee to secure the date and time of your shoot. Once I receive your retainer fee, I'm all yours!

THE HOUSE OF WILD IS CURRENTLY BOOKING FOR 2019 + 2020. IF MY PHOTOGRAPHY IS WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

CONTACT ME