What made you get into photography?
Photography actually kind of fell in my lap. Five years ago I was blessed to have found the camera that I currently shoot with. I always had a fondness for photography, but I never knew I’d be a part of what I have right now.
How would you describe your photography style?
From what I’ve been told… Ethereal.
Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
Eddie Baute’s name stands out for me. I don’t even know if he shoots anymore, but his lighting and composition sold me. From the first time I saw his work, I dove in deep and started developing a style that’d set me apart from the rest. Similar to what he did.
Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
I haven’t had any formal schooling for photography; I have utilized books, internet, and good old fashioned practice to learn my craft. I happen to be a firm believer that practice makes perfect. I taught myself most of what I know, and have had some great guidance from peers as well. I’m still learning to this day and hope to continue to learn new skills that’ll help me grow in this industry.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
The photography business is very competitive nowadays. It seems like everyone’s picking up a camera and trying to build a brand. The most challenging aspect of our business is separating your brand from the rest, developing a style that’s recognizable and unique.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
I love the people. Don’t get me wrong, I love the equipment, lights, photo-shop, and light room. I love setting up my studio/apartment and knocking out some fun shoots be it fashion, glamour or good old fashioned portraits, but my favorite part is the people. I’ve met some really amazing individuals, beautiful people who all have had their struggles but that fight, move forward and carry amazing passion for life.
Being a recognizable photographer around town has its perks, free beers every now and then lol.
What project are you currently working on that you would like people to know about?
I’m currently working on a few fashion projects with my favorite fashion designer Mandi Gallegos and her line Mikailee Alton. I’m also working with my dear friend Jamie Batiste out of Austin, shooting her jewelry line Rejected Hearts Club.
I’m also planning in the near future to travel the States to tour and shoot.
And, I’m planning on holding workshops for fellow photographers and models.