1. What is something not too many people know about you?
That I’m a total introvert. As a younger person I had a lot of trouble speaking up, or speaking at all, around people I didn’t know. As an adult I’ve developed the skills to be outgoing when I need to be – at work or on shoots - but it zaps my energy. I truly love people and being around them, but I have to balance it out with a lot of time on my own. Actually, one reason I got into portrait photography was that having a camera in my hand became a catalyst for connecting with people and made it feel easy. It’s one of the reasons I love doing it.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Travel. I’ve lived abroad multiple times in my life and got my undergrad degree in the UK as an international student. Solo travel and expat life taught me so much about myself and gave me a different perspective on the world.
I’m also passionate about making time for things that aren’t on screens, like reading real books, going to galleries, and having coffee without phones on the table. The one exception being Netflix – because I need documentaries and The Office.
3. What are your goals for the future?
To provide something of value to other people – photos, ideas, creative services.
4. What is your definition of success?
In work: the ability to choose projects based on what inspires me the most.
In life: happiness, balance, and security. Pretty much in that order. It’s easier said than done!
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
I’m working on expanding my style to include more of a personal and documentary twist. Capturing great images is awesome, but there are so many other elements to good visual storytelling as well. That includes building out concepts, working with all kinds of interesting people and reflecting something about who they are in the images. It also means being mindful of representation and having diverse subjects and original subject matter. This is something I’ve seen happening more in editorial and fashion photography, so I’m excited to see where it goes.
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