“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.”
I knew for certain I wanted to be a photographer on a trip to Paris with my mom in 2005. I had a small little point and shoot digital camera that I used to take photos of literally everything around the city. I got artistic with the sunset over the Seine, and caught a couple having a romantic moment on the bridge. It was literally then that I said to myself, "Oh, I'm actually kind of good at this," and began the process of taking photos for the next 15 years. Funny enough in 2019 my mom found a piece of school work from when I was 6 years old that listed under "What do I want to be when I grow up" the scribbled letters "PHOTOGRAPHER." I had no idea the dream had started that early but the proof was always there.
I started collecting fashion magazines in middle school because the photos of the celebrities I loved were what I was drawn to the most. In high school I started pasting them to my walls, and by college I was dissecting the lighting techniques used by the masters of my era. I wanted to prove not only that I knew what I was doing while I was in school but that I could do it better.
Now I am photographing portraits full time, going between fashion shoots and wedding days, while also enjoying the free time I have with my black cat, Oliver, and watching every movie on the planet, as well as making sure I am front row for my favorite bands. I still collect those fashion magazines and I have upgraded to framing the photos that inspire me the most.