LA based commercial people photographer. Brooks Institute graduate. I've had a camera in my hands most of my life, but became serious at 14 when given a Nikon camera. I'm very much right and left brained. Having adhd and ocd, life can sometimes be complicated. My ocd can make the left side work quite well bu… Read More
LA based commercial people photographer. Brooks Institute graduate. I've had a camera in my hands most of my life, but became serious at 14 when given a Nikon camera. I'm very much right and left brained. Having adhd and ocd, life can sometimes be complicated. My ocd can make the left side work quite well but kill the right. My adhd is horrible for my left brain but make my right explode with creativity. In short, learning the technical side of photography, or anything is very difficult but once I master it there is no limit to where I could take my images.
1) What's the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as a photographer? Others would say creative, yes but I would more like to say uninhibited.
2) How long have you been in the industry? I graduated in 1999 and jumped right into the professional photography world in L.A., working for several top car, architectural, wedding, and high-fashion photographers. Unfortunately right before I graduated a fire destroyed most of all my work. The only thing I had saved was anything already digital and anything after 1998.
3) What inspires your shots? Most of the time I preplan one or two looks for a band. Once I'm shooting though it's completely different. I will always get the planned looks, but then I always see 10 different interpretations and I just go with it. Two recent bands I shot, Dead Day Revolution and Broken Toiz, were exactly this. I was told that all I needed to do was give us a certain look and everything else is up to me. For me, that is absolutely the best way to go. Some artists need exact direction, I need trust.
4) Tell us how you overcome obstacles? You just have to find a solution. It's almost always outside of the box.
5) Are you inspired by any photographers in the industry? A couple photographers currently that I inspire me are Joel Grimes and Dave Hill. They have spent years mastering a certain design look. I also love old school. Retro. I tend to find way too many things interesting. Definitely makes things more difficult.
6) What do you want your future fans to know about you? I've been shooting almost all my music work on location, covers and live, but I really want to expand what I'm offering. Creating and designing looks and scenes for clients. Green screen. HDR. It's hard enough to stay ahead of the curve with all the new looks. And doing a retro look isn't so "unique" now without people thinking you did it all with Instagram. For photographers who grew up and mastered shooting with film, digital has been a blessing and a curse. Read Less