Since I was little I have always had a curiosity for how things worked. That curiosity is what ultimately sparked my fire for photography. My mother had purchased a Pentax K1000 from a yard sale and I wanted to teach myself how to use the camera. I was lucky enough for my first job to be at the Tulsa Zoo and I had an abundance of beautiful things to photograph. After completely ruining many rolls of film, I eventually figured it out. Soon zoo keepers and the horticulture department wanted copies of my photographs and I had my own gallery at the zoo in the Safari Grill restaurant. Eventually I left my job at the zoo and started work at a local camera shop. This allowed me access to a ton of equipment and vastly broadened my knowledge in the art. While working at the camera shop I also worked as a freelance photographer shooting weddings and models, as well as the head photojournalist for an entertainment newspaper “The Tulsa Independent” in which I had the opportunity to do a lot editorial and concert photography. Eventually I ended up switching professions after a regular customer at the camera store offered me a job at his e-commerce company (Diamondstudsonly.com) where I am currently the VP of Internet Technology. After a couple of years of focusing on my work at DSO I started to get the photo bug. Things had changed quite a bit in the photography world and my 35mm and Medium format film equipment were on the verge of extinction. So I decided to sell off my film equipment and enter this great new world of DSLR. Quickly I realized how much I missed photography and decided to start shooting again and have enjoyed every second of it. On August 22, 2009 I married my beautiful wife Claire, who now shoots with me and accompanies me as the second photographer. She has a great eye and offers a unique perspective that compliments my own. In August 2010 I moved to Greenville, NC to join my wife as she finishes up her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the ECU Brody School of Medicine. I am looking forword to working in Eastern North Carolina.
The Fauxto Studio is owned and operated by Jarod and Claire Knoten who are part time professional wedding photographers based in Chicago IL. We have been happily married since August of 2009 and have a super cool pups named Midge and Pixel. Jarod is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and Claire hails from Uhrichsville, Ohio. We currently live and work in Chicago IL. Jarod is a web programmer for a large online diamond company and Claire recently received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the ECU Brody School of Medicine and works in a post doctoral position at Northwestern University. We love to travel and spend time outdoors camping or taking photos of anything that catches our eye. When we are stuck indoors we love to cook, brew our own beer, and watch trivia game shows