What inspired you to be a photographer? How long have you been taking pictures?
As a kid I was always pretty intrigued by photographs and dabbled in the idea of possibly doing it as I got older but never really had the motivation from anyone to actually pursue it until I got a Canon film camera given to me by one of my cousins when I was 17. I didn't start taking photos when I got that camera though, I started 3 years ago out of the blue as a hobby.
Did you have any family/friends who pushed you to do photography?
There's a few people who pushed me into starting. Jake White (@_thetradesman on instagram) was doing a projects about 3 years ago on creatives ad was actually the first person to call me an "artist" which at the time I had never thought of myself as and to be honest, it's still hard for me to think of myself that way to this day. Another really big influence in my early years, as you will, was Sam Nugent. He pushed me mentally in a lot of ways I had never had before. LikeI mentioned previously, I had a cousin give me a camera when I was 17 and when I was 18 he passed away so whenever I use that camera (which is very rarely) I always think of him and how proud he would be of me.
Who are your photographer idols?
Honestly all of the people I look up to are my friends and people in the community who are KILLING IT! Jeremy Aguirre (@stainedlens), Jasmine Archie (@jasmine_archie), Daniel Chaney (@danielchaney), Kyle Neach (@kyleneach), Meg Ha (@wormgirlusa), Tess Fulkerson (@tess_le_mess) and I could ramble on a lot longer. But I draw HUGE inspiration from all of these people.
What goals do you have with photography? What are some accomplishments you're proud of?
I think my biggest goal is to keep creating and love what I’m doing while I'm doing it. It's super cool when I send one of my friends a shoot I just did and they freak out the way I did. That's the shit that keeps me motivated and hyped about what I'm doing. Not to toot my own horn but I really love doing skate photography. I'm not a pro but it's fun getting the action shots and I'm always really pumped to get those rolls back.
Out of the cameras that you have, which is your favorite?
I almost strictly shoot on a Minolta x700. I know what it can do and it's the one I'm the most comfortable with and I hate getting out of my comfort zone.
Has photography helped you get through COVID?
Honestly, no. I haven't really shot much the past few months BUT I've got a few ideas up my sleeve and I finally have the motivation to do something about it! So be on the lookout!!
Do you have any advice for photographers who are just starting out?
Don't think, Just do. We all struggle with overthinking every once in a while (unless you're me then it's every moment of everyday) but getting out and doing the thing you've been talking about doing is a huge step! Also, surround yourself with people who make you feel good and positive about your work and push you out of your creative comfort zone a little. That does WONDERS!
What do you want people to take from your photos?
I want people to see the beauty in my friends as much as I do. They are my muses. They are what keeps me motivated. They are the sweetest, most wonderful human beings and I love them very much and I am very, very thankful for them.