I wanted to make sure that I knew everything I could about how to photograph buildings and photograph people before I graduated from college. My last year of college did not go as planned. I was running out of money and I was running out of sanity. I decided that my happiness was more important then a degree in photography. So, I withdrew from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Once moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, I was able to find my happiness. I realized what made me really happy was being behind the camera and nothing was going to stop me from being the photographer that I wanted to be. So I started sending out advertisements to let companies in Albuquerque and New York know that I am an Architectural and Modeling Photographer. The majority of the work that I did in Albuquerque was modeling photography. I was extremely surprised when everything that I was taught in exposure and lighting class was completely different in the mid-west. I trained myself to photograph different because there were no tall buildings with glass reflecting light, there was sand and dirt and nothing but the sun directly hitting every. I was proud of myself that I was able to learn how to photograph in a totally different environment then I would’ve learned if I continued my education on the east coast. After being in Albuquerque for almost 2 years I decided that it was best if I came back to the East Coast and continue to my career.
At this time I’m located in upstate New York, the majority of my work is in Manhattan, New York. However, I am not afraid to travel all over the United States of America to share my gift with the world.
I am an only child who was raised by single mother who worked in the social work field. She always taught me that I could do anything I wanted as long as I was happy. The one thing that I remember about almost every event that we had was a camera. In fact my mother got me my first camera when I was two years old, a fisher price film camera, not to show my age. Every event was photographed and documented to show how much fun we had.
By the time I went to high school we had moved from Brooklyn New York to Montclair New Jersey. It was the first time I got introduced to an architectural class. I was fascinated with structures and floor plans. It was amazing to me that I could sit there for hours trying to figure out how to design a building that in reality did not even exist. By the time I was ready to graduate from high school it turned out that I was the best architectural student in my class, which surprised me when I received a scholarship from my architectural teacher.
When I started thinking about college I knew that I wanted to do photography. I knew that I saw the world in photographs. I looked at things as if I was behind a lens my entire life. So I decided to attend Briarcliff College for a bachelor’s degree in photography. I attended that school until I realized that I was not meant to go there and the techniques and materials were outdated from the photography field, so I transferred to the Art Institute of Philadelphia for a bachelor’s degree in photography.
While attending the Art Institute of Philadelphia I realized that I could major in architectural photography and modeling photography at the exact same time. So, every quarter I would switch my projects to either be photographing structures or humans.