Who am I....

“What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera notes with relentless fidelity.” – Berenice Abbott

Born and raised in New York City by Puerto Rican parents, the city life and ethnic culture helped me develop an artistic eye and passion for the arts.  An art student for twenty years of my young life I learned the importance of composition and visually telling a story not only with a subject but expressing emotion with color as well.  Graduated from Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 1990.  My parents stressed the importance of work ethic, professionalism and being able to speak both English and Spanish or “Spanglish” as I calls it. 

On October 10, 1992, I enlisted in the United States Navy.  After a tour in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm, I attended Photography School in Pensacola, Florida where I mastered both film photography and photo processing graduating top in my class.  Upon completion, I continued on to Naval Air Crew and Survival Training to further prepare me as an Aerial Photographer with final orders to NAS Jacksonville Fleet Imaging Center Florida.  I took on the responsibilities of event photographer, portrait studio, base photo lab manager, duty photographer (forensic) along with my aerial duties and any other photographic coverage requested by both military and civilian.  Due to my professionalism, expertise and keen eye, I earned high praise from high ranking military officials and dignitaries in the Southeast.  In doing so was considered to accompany and photograph Washington officials such as Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney to name a few.

After 7+ years of service, was honorably discharged with disability from the military.  Now a civilian and to support my family, I attended ITT Tech while on medical hold and graduated as valedictorian with an Associates of Science in Computer-Aided Drafting Technology.  Worked as a Civil Engineering CAD Designer from 1998-2012. 

With my Navy years behind me, in 2000 I moved to Columbia South Carolina where I embarked on combining both my artist background and photographic eye.  After a couple of slow years, I was approached to photograph a couple of military and special events for the local Chamber of Commerce.  My passion for photography was so apparent among Chamber Members that I was asked to become a member and provided coverage to all future events.  With a camera always in hand, my reputation to capture the moment when called upon earned me the nickname “Paparazzi Chris” by all who know me.  Since then I've has added weddings, family and corporate portraiture, sports photography, real estate photography (ground/aerial) and graphic design to my ever-growing portfolio.  I am a proud member of Professional Photographers of America.

With almost 24 years of experience in photography my passion of being behind the camera hasn’t diminished.  For those who know me both professionally or personally, the one thing they will always say is that when your hire Christian he is a photographer who is a professional.  I am constantly doing research and learning from my peers in the business not only to stay in game but to provide the service a client of mine deserves.  Building relationship rather than clients is very important to me.  I networking and meeting people and sharing my stories as well as learn theirs.  I go above and beyond to prepare for a shoot.  Whether it’s calling the venue, visiting the site or one-on-one meeting over coffee.  If we were unable to meet in person before our session, I'll sends you a text of my business card and picture, so you know who’s coming to your door.  I tried my best to build great relationship with other local photographers and am always open to referring someone if I am unable to cover the shoot or also mentor if your are just starting out in the field. 

I am married to my beautiful bride Shannon of 24 years along with my 8-year old twin boys Aidan and Max, presently residing in Statesville, North Carolina.  Shannon is the current president of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce.

I am a Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) (age 8 - 11) and Throat Cancer (2014) Survivor. 

I am a member, volunteer and Ambassador for the Chamber earning me the respect and friendship of local businesses and county officials.  I proudly serves as a coach for all my kids sports teams, a mentor and a stay at home dad. I donate family and event sessions to various local non-profit organizations and businesses.