“Well, my biggest statement in life is that everything happens for a reason. I truly live my life like that and believe everything will work out. I also believe in being myself, and I don’t like to “follow the pack”. The more unique, the better. If it hasn’t been done, I want to do it. I love danger, and I’m an adrenaline junkie. “ Well, even though I haven’t been to AD yet, I’m sure there is so much to get out of each one. I would imagine they are each different.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
I was doing photojournalism, but there was just no money in it. I swore I would never shoot weddings, but my friends pushed me into second shooting, which I was perfectly happy doing. They told me I had to break off and go on my own. I reluctantly did that, and I booked out my first year. I would have to thank all of my friends for encouraging me every step of the way. Some people i look up to are Ben Chrisman, Susan Stripling, Poser, Davina and Daniel, Fer Juaristi.
How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
This is my first After Dark, and i’ll share my favorite moment after I attend this one!
Why is education important to you? How long have you been teaching? What made you get into teaching? What do you get out of being a mentor?
I’ve been teaching for about 3 years, but only with my own workshops which I give 2-3 times a year. I just love to help others succeed. I feel it’s so important to keep up with education. When you feel you have no more to learn, you should really get out of the business.
What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?
- Shooting with available light
- Shooting with on camera flash
- Creating natural feeling engagement/couple sessions, not posed
- Working with very minimal equipment