Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
"I wish to freeze time and let these moments last forever. There are no rules for the stories we want to tell. The villain can win and the hero might decide they have other things they rather do. Maybe it's the things we all want to scream but can’t say. Say what ever you like. I hope to inspire conversation at the end of the day. "
What would you call your photography style, who has influenced your photography the most and what is your favourite type of photography to shoot?
My style is glamour mixed with my old soul. My biggest influences have been 60-90s cinema, magazine ad campaigns, cologne/perfume ads, Old Hollywood, and The Cafe Society (not the movie). Artists like Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, Steve Meisel and Kanye West. I love to shoot anything where I can make the subject feel like a movie star/ icon. I don’t think there’s anything special about celebrities. I think we could all be stars. I enjoy bringing that out of people.
I have always loved character introductions in movies. Those moments where the film slows down to let you know this character is important. The hard light on them while they light a cigarette, the look they give the camera, the walk, the talk and the pose. I don't shoot a lot of fitness related things because I don’t think its particularly interesting that people are in the gym, etc. However, I am interested in the challenge of making such things interesting. I hope that answers your question.
"Honestly, what compelled me through the beginning, beside the obsession, was a misplaced sense of confidence that I was better than I actually was. It carried me as far as it could until reality set in. It's been an amazing journey and I wouldn’t change anything."
Do you recall the first photo you snapped that made you think that you really had what it takes to be the photographer you are today? What compelled you to continue on the path you are on, and which direction do you plan to take your career in?
There are some photos that do read like milestones. I started out taking photos of my close friends as I am sure most people do. However, I couldn’t wait to start taking photos of models and people I found interesting. I had an aesthetic in my mind early on of what I wanted to capture. To be honest with you though I was hooked from day one. I was obsessed and that’s what drove me to learn everything I could as quickly as possible. I started late and I didn’t feel like there was any need to waste anymore time. I just wanted to create the images that were circulating in my head.
Honestly, what compelled me through the beginning, beside the obsession, was a misplaced sense of confidence that I was better than I actually was. It carried me as far as it could until reality set in. It's been an amazing journey and I wouldn’t change anything.
I don't believe in 5 year plans. I won’t think further than 2 years. Anything could happen past that. However, I am planning to move to Paris to continue my journey there. I have always had my aim set on fashion photography and gallery work.
What does photography mean to you? What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer and is there anything you find difficult about this profession?
Depends on who's taking the photo. I wish to freeze time and let these moments last forever. There are no rules for the stories we want to tell. The villain can win and the hero might decide they have other things they rather do. Maybe it's the things we all want to scream but can’t say. Say whatever you like. I hope to inspire conversation at the end of the day.
The difficult thing with any artistic pursuit is the relationship and battles you have with yourself. I regularly can go from feeling like Picasso to a phony in a matter of a day. I read somewhere that imposter syndrome is the price of admission for being an artist. I agree with that.
How do you make your models feel comfortable and safe when shooting with you? What measures are necessary to take?
I think it's probably the energy on set and language used. I never touch anyone. Even if it would be easier to move someone’s leg or arm than to explain the pose. It's a boundary I don't cross. I think it's also the level of professionalism. I’m only there to do one thing and that’s make amazing art. But I do get told all the time by people I’m shooting for the first time how they feel at ease with me. I was raised by women, single mom, a lot of aunts and my grandmother. Always a lot of friends who were girls. I’ve been surrounded by women my whole life so to me its really not a big deal. I don't flirt, and I don't make suggestive comments. I see the body as just a body. To be honest what I do is really no big deal to me.
"Put the time in. You aren’t a photographer if you don’t shoot. You aren’t a writer if you don't write. And leave the comfort zone when ever you can. That’s where everything is hiding. "
What does your editing process look like? Do you use a specific program, listen to a type of music, edit at a specific time in the day? How long after a shoot do you start the editing? How do you know when your photo is “good to go” to share with the world?
I say a prayer to the muse "The Invocation of the muse" (if anyone feels like looking it up). In fact I say this prayer before doing anything creative. I sit down put on music I know, nothing new that I haven’t heard and go to work. Sometimes I drink coffee, sometimes wine. No rules except for the invocation to be honest. Usually I won’t start until the 2nd day or later but I might change that around. I just know internally, you can feel it. First you fix the photograph for mistakes made on the day, and then you create the feel. Also making sure the photos are flattering is always important to me.
What’s your main goal with art?
Share it. Inspire with it. Create a conversation or add to it.