1. What is something not too many people know about you?
One thing not too many people know about me is photography was not something I ever anticipated doing for a living. Other than owning a couple point & shoot cameras growing up, I didn't buy my first DSLR until I moved to Philadelphia almost four years ago, and that was only to document the journey of moving to a new city. For the first year, I only took photos of things I came across while exploring. I would occasionally sneak a photo of a stranger on the street, but I definitely wasn't brave enough to ask to take their portrait or even do it while they were looking.
2. What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passion is definitely photography, especially portraits. As an introvert, photography has given me the confidence to meet new people and strike up a conversation with them. Over the last three years of shooting portraits, I've gotten to know some of the most driven, talented people and it inspires me every single day. A lot of times, the person I'm shooting with feels like a friend by the time we're done and I want people to feel like they know the person I'm shooting just by looking at my photos because there's so much more to that person than just a pretty face, they have a story worth telling. So I guess storytelling is part of that passion.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My most materialistic goal is having my photos displayed in stores across the country. On my way to work every day, I walk by H&M and they always have these massive, stunning images in their window displays and I just think to myself, 'that will be my work one day.' I don't mean H&M specifically, but I just want to be able to walk into a clothing store, no matter how big or small, and recognize my photos. Other than that, my goals really are just to keep working with new people and brands.
4. What is your definition of success?
As long as I keep growing, I feel successful. If I ever become complacent in my work or stop trying to get better, that's when I know I have failed but until that day comes, I'm still succeeded.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Right now I'm wrapping up a series called Colors of Philly. Earlier this year, I was inspired by all of the brightly colored walls and murals that fill the streets of Philly and wanted a way to incorporate them into my work. Although it's slowly changing, a lot of photographers shoot such a narrow scope of beauty so I wanted to create a series that also highlights solely women of color. Maybe I'll bring it back next year but for now, I've been working on it on & off since March so I want to let it breathe for a bit. My next project is a blog series called Chats with Cath. Philly is so full of talented artists, everything from singers to painters to photographers, and I wanted a way to showcase the talent behind the photos. After a conversation during my shoot with singer Samantha Rise, we could relate on so many things as creatives in Philly despite being two different types of artists. The creative community in Philly is so intertwined and I really want to use my platform as a way to share the successes, struggles and stories of those who create art in this city. I just want to use my platform to lift as many voices as possible in whichever form that may take.