What made you get into photography?
I unfortunately was let go from my 9 to 5 job, and really don’t know what made me buy a camera to this day. I purchased a Nikon D80 with kit lens, and used it whilst walking my dogs; taking shots of nature, wildlife, etc. I fell into portraiture by accident when I was asked by a local burlesque performer if I would take some promotional shots for her. Her friends and fellow performers saw my style and asked me to shoot them, and so my photography started then in 2009.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would describe my style as very retro inspired alternative beauty with a bit of fun thrown in.
Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
David Lachappelle, Kesler Tran on Tumblr has an awesome raw style of photography. Julia Trotti, Emily Soto who are more fashion based, but I just love the style they offer.
Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
I’m totally self-taught, with the help of Google and YouTube. I had never picked up a camera a till 2009, but now find it hard to put one down.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
Having the guts to stick with it and working very hard to get business. There are so many people now who call themselves photographers because they have a DSLR, so your competing for everything. You just have to stick with what you believe in and believe in yourself. If you’ve got the passion, professionalism and drive you will find business.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
What’s not to love. Meeting so many different people from all walks of life, each with a different story to tell.
What project are you currently working on that you would like people to know about?
I’m working on a few different project at the moment and one of those is Tattooed Parents. I’m doing a series of shoots of heavily tattooed mothers and fathers with their children, very natural and fun stuff. There is still quite a bit of narrow mindedness about people with tattoos, although it is getting much better and more accepted.