I’m not quite sure — I feel like I’ve always been doing it? Is that weird? My mom always put me in charge of photos on family occasions and was extremely critical of the way I framed the shots (like, how critical is too critical for a ten year-old?). So I think that was how I first started practicing.
I’ve always had an obsession with preserving, organizing, and sharing my memories. Come over to my parents’ house sometime and let’s dig up my old tacky photo collages.
When I was 16 or 17, I started regularly attending local shows and photographed every moment I wasn’t too shy for. This was when I started to feel a little useful with my photo work and began to take it more seriously. This was also when I met the the core group of musicians I still regularly work with today… I am now the age they were when I first met them! Haha.
Oh my god I just remembered I got a job at Noah’s Bagels to save up for my first SLR. My hair smelled like old cream cheese all the time. YUMMY!
I took my first photo classes (taught by Richard Ross and Jeff Sheng) when I was 20 and that was when it was SOLIDIFIED noquestionsasked that this needs to be my whole entire life. There is no other way.
I’m 23 now and making rent with photography. At my happiest. Hungry for more.