1. What is something not too many people know about you?
People who are close to me or who have known me for years know that I love to sing and perform. I have competed in slam poetry competitions, and danced in several productions, but it is not something that I showcase all that often. I feel like when your social media presence is so closely tied to one particular area of your life, such as photography in my case, it can make you seem one-dimensional to your followers and pretty soon, you buy into it too. If I am meeting someone new and they ask what I am into, I usually simply default to saying “photography,” when in reality there is so much more to me as a person than this one thing that I do.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I guess this is the perfect opportunity to put what I was talking about into practice. Besides editorial photography, I am also very passionate about expressing myself through creative writing, music, and dance. I love to cook, and I definitely love to eat. I am passionate about getting to know people, helping others, and I am incredibly loyal to my family. I am an avid snuggler and I collect enamel pins from artists around the world.
3. What are your goals for the future?
Short term goals: graduating from medical school, paying off my loans, getting into residency, and taking a good nap when that is all done. Long-term goals: writing a book, recording a music album, designing a clothing line, founding a health clinic for underserved communities, and taking even more naps around the world. Just a short list really. Shoot for the moon and land among the stars, right? Or I guess you could end up twirling through outer space in the absence of gravity, but let’s not think about that.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success. What a loaded word. Society will tell us that success means so many things. For me, success is not giving up, and pushing through even though challenges come. If I never stop seeking to learn new things, continue to embrace my mistakes, and keep growing in my capacity to create beauty in the world and love my God and neighbor better, then I will have been successful in this life.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Recently, I have been pressing into fashion photography and planning more stylized shoots. I’m super excited to have submitted a photo narrative project centering on the recognition of mental health within the health care community for publication. In my future projects, I hope to explore the subject of gender expression and the intersectionality of race and gender expression, so keep an eye out for that!