WHAT INSPIRES YOU? This will either sound super depressing, or incredibly enlightening. Until a recent breakup, I was totally stuck in a rut. I was photographing the same thing over and over again and definitely not challenging myself as an artist, and I don’t want to give a dumb breakup all the credit, but honestly it woke something up inside of me and it got me out shooting in less than perfect conditions, and shooting people that I didn’t feel 100% comfortable with at first, and actually following through with plans that were way out of my comfort zone. Suddenly I was trying new things and I wasn’t just the scared dark selfie girl alone in her room with flowers and anxiety anymore. So I mean ultimately, I suppose people inspire me. People, their emotions, their decisions, their actions. Also music. Yeah, definitely music too.
WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS NEW IN PHOTOGRAPHY? Shoot simply. And shoot often. I feel like a lot of new photographers, myself included, get too excited and try to execute super complicated ideas as soon as they pick up a camera. When I first started shooting, I wanted every shoot to have a theme and I wanted every model to be wearing a certain outfit and be wearing certain makeup and I worked way too hard to portray an instagram-worthy aesthetic, but I should have been focusing on just nailing the right lighting and figuring out what my ISO and shutter speed should be and honestly how to properly interact with my models. Also, don’t worry too much about what everyone else is doing.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IN 10 YEARS? Wow, I don’t think anyone has ever asked that before. One time someone asked where I saw myself in 5 years and I was like "Uh, Seattle?" For the first time ever, though, I’m actually pretty satisfied with my work. But having said that, if my photography in 10 years had a little more Greece, France, Italy, and elopements in it, I wouldn’t be mad! I definitely don’t see myself straying too far from capturing couples/weddings though. I love love too much.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Moody, feminine, and intimate. For sure. I also work very hard to create natural emotions during sessions, as opposed to super posed shots and I feel as though that's an important aspect of my photography style.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO PHOTOGRAPHY? I started shooting for my high school newspaper. Shout out to SBHS. I always considered myself a writer, but a newspaper needs photos too so they were like, “here, take this.” That was the first time I had picked up a dslr camera (and it was a Nikon lol) but when I was shooting for the paper, it felt like work. I definitely didn’t love it the way I do now. About a year or maybe a few months later though, I looked down the hall from my bedroom and noticed the light was hitting the floor in a super interesting way, and I grabbed my little digital camera I used for myspace selfies, and I got down on the floor and shot it at an angle that I felt as though most people would um, well, not. Literally right after that, I told my parents I wanted a REAL camera and for my 17th birthday, I received a shiny new Canon Rebel t2i and a couple of kit lenses. Also oh my gosh, I’ve been doing this for about 7 years now. That’s so crazy to think about!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF SESSION? Literally any session that documents love. Whether that’s love between two people, or simply self-love.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE IMAGE THAT YOU'VE TAKEN? This is like choosing your favorite Beatles song. They’re just ALL so good. ;) Totally joking lolol. Probably this one for sure. This was the first session that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. The sun was so harsh and it was pretty last minute so it was the first session in a long time to genuinely challenge me. It was awesome.