1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I briefly considered a career in forensic science. I think DNA is so fascinating, but I freaked out at the idea of not doing something creative and ditched the idea.
2. What are your biggest passions?
Well my biggest passion as a creative is making people feel something when they look at my work. I love researching, planning, and all the technical aspects to portray emotion as best as I can. It’s not difficult to take a picture of a pretty person in a pretty location. I love making people feel something when they look at my work; emotion drives all of my photoshoots! Other than that I would say my biggest passion is working with kids in foster care, especially teenagers. I’ve worked with a couple of non-profit organizations that provide assistance to foster families and children and anyone who works in that field will tell you that teenagers often get the short end of the stick. Eventually I want to start a nonprofit to provide more emotional support and financial assistance after they’ve aged out of the system.
3. What are your goals for the future?
Oh man, I have A LOT that I want to get accomplished, but I’ll just give the first 5 that come to mind: tell the stories of people and cultures around the world through photography, have work published in National Geographic, have an exhibition at the MoMA, photograph a front cover of Vogue, and become fluent in at least three other languages (I’m currently working on Spanish, Italian, and German).
4. What is your definition of success?
I’ll say this, I think my most successful moments are when I’m able to take what life throws at me and be at peace with it. I have to constantly remind myself that some things are out of my control and that I don’t need to control everything. I’m going to fail and I’m going to drop the ball on some things, but as long as I keep growing as a person, then I think I’ll be able to look back in 50 years and say I lived a successful life.
5. Tell us something about the projects you’re working on.
I’m currently working on a series on mental illness combined with fashion. Basically the premise is taking how someone with a specific mental illness feels on the inside and portraying that on the outside in everyday life scenarios. For instance, I struggle with anxiety and sometimes even simple decisions can be mentally draining because I’m spending way too much time laying out all the possible options and outcomes. The reason why I want to bring in the fashion element is to catch the attention of a bigger audience than just those who struggle with a mental illness. Fashion is fun, glamourous, creative, and sometimes outlandish. I know that’s what’s going to catch someone’s attention initially but it’s the emotion that I’m hoping will draw them in closer.
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