1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Something not too many people know about me is that I used to take piano lessons. (Not by choice.) My mom made me take piano lessons when I was in elementary school and middle school. I always tried to hide it from my friends.
2. What are your biggest passions?
I think my biggest passions are obviously one, photography, but really aside from that I’m very passionate about friends and family. I grew up and lived in Indiana for 21 years and now that I’m in La. It’s difficult to see family very frequently. I call my mom almost every day so we’re still very close, and I’ll facetime my younger sister to teach her a photoshop trick or two since she shoots photos as well.
Sort of leads into another passion of mine which is mentoring and teaching people. I worked with a great photographer for a couple of years when I first came to LA. He really taught me almost everything that I know. He remains a great friend and mentor to this day. I think it’s so important to pass along info to those who are truly eager to learn. I try to respond to messages and give advice to those who ask. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today if my mentor hadn’t have taken a chance to work with me.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future, that’s a tough one. One of my flaws is that I don’t think too much about goals. I focus on getting better at one or two things, work on that until I feel confident about it then I work on something else. I really just put my head down and get to work. Shooting/ editing / looking at inspiration, talking with other professionals. Then every once in a while I’ll look around, at what I’m doing or who I’m working with and I’m just like “wow, I’m lucky to be here doing this, and making the kind of progress that I am.”
4. What is your definition of success?
Success is such a broad word to me. For me success is working with some of the best of the best and spending time with family. I shot a lookbook last year right before thanksgiving and then a day or two later I flew back home to be with my family in Indiana. At the time, that felt like success to me. Of course I wasn’t intending to stop the grind, but it was nice to work hard then hang with family for a few days.
5. Tell us something about the projects you’re working on.
I’m always throwing ideas around or discussing projects. I haven’t shot many male models, I’d like to put together a loud studio editorial using a male model. Get a cool looking guy and dress him in loud colors , shoot it on bright colored background paper. Something very attention grabbing. With a lot of movement and energy.
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