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About Philip (by Philip)

Hello and thanks for reading. I've been a full time professional photographer for the last 10+ years. Before that, I worked in the corporate world as a graphic designer. I took up photography in college because a graphic design professor told me I would never make it as a designer because I couldn't draw well enough. I picked up a camera and learned how to take pictures as a way to compensate for my apparent lack of illustrative ability. My interest in photography only grew after college, as I transitioned from the film to the digital format and started shooting more personal work as well as weddings and portraits.

When I started my own company, I chose to use a business name other than my own personal name. That's because I wanted a name bigger than myself, something more meaningful and inspiring. I picked the name Novo because it means "to revive, refresh, change, alter or invent." For me, this name and mentality is something to aspire to, both in my professional and personal life. I enjoy my work because of the variety of projects I work on and the people I work with. Like most photographers, I enjoy traveling and if I can turn a work trip into a truck camping experience, I will do so without hesitation. These days, a majority of my photography work is commercial/lifestyle/editorial in nature. But I still enjoy shooting a limited number of weddings and portraits here and there.

I am a husband to Kristen. I am a Father to Weston and Summer (twins). And I am a friend to a few select people that I would take a bullet for. On any given day, I will exercise, either by running or riding my mountain bike on the local trails. I will almost always choose to read a book over watching television. And I prefer to read a book in close proximity to a roaring fire. I also enjoy thunderstorms, playing guitar, fishing, hiking, swimming, and driving. And when it comes to choosing which roads to take when driving, I will almost always #opt4scenic.