1. What (or who) got you into photography?
Photography has always seemed to be something that interested me all the way back to my childhood. I had to have been five or six years old when I attended one of our family friends weddings. This was during a time when disposable cameras were a prevalent commodity in the photography world, I ran around snapping as many photos as I could and they surprisingly turned out so well my Mother ended up holding onto them all these years!
I would say a few years later I took a cross country train trip with some of my family to Kansas, and was sent off with another few disposable cameras of my own to document the trip. I loved going from spot to spot documenting it all along the way and coming home to share with my family who had stayed home.
When I was 9 my grandmother gave me my first non-disposable camera, a Polaroid 600 series instant film camera. This was intended for another family trip to Walt Disney World Florida. I used every pack of film they gave me! I just loved the instant gratification of the Polaroid and snapped as much as I could (mostly Disney characters).
Fast forward into the high school years. With all the distractions I still picked up cameras here and there, but did not really get into photography until my senior year when I took my first photography course and learned how to use an old Canon SLR, how to develop film photos and hone my composition. Its magical snapping photos on film, not knowing if you captured exactly what you wanted, heading back, developing the roll and finding out you snapped the winning shot.
The passion really ignited while browsing the internet and stumbling upon some amazing long exposure photography. That's when I had a desire to meld my passion with technology and refine my skill. Wanting to recreate similar scenes of wonder and learning the techniques to do so were my main goals. It as blossomed into some interesting avenues of photography where I strive to create a surreal scene for people to ponder.
2. What is your favorite subject to photograph?
At the end of the day I enjoy all types of photography, but if we had to narrow it down it's obvious I have a love for landscape photography. To be even more specific astro-photography and sunset chasing are my absolute two favorites. Growing up in the city, sometimes we forget that the stars we see aren't the only ones out there. Then you take a trip, and after driving hours out into the middle of nowhere you step out of the car look up and cant help but have your breath taken away, the Milky Way almost seems to sparkle at you and it just makes you realize how small our world really is, a decent reality check.
3. If you could go anywhere or photograph anyone, where or who would it be?
I want to go to Europe, I feel as if Europe has a vast amount of old architecture and extensive history that still stands today. It is something I haven't had much opportunity to photograph, yet is something that has always interested my creative side.
4. What's your greatest creative inspiration?
My passion for photography started from an appreciation for the world around us. It provides us with such ample opportunity to appreciate the beauty in the little things. Now being in a social media driven age, I wanted to take this vision and share it with everyone in hope they might appreciate the amazing world we have been given. The Instagram community can be amazing and collaborative and I have met a lot of inspirational friends along my journey, whether their photos inspire me to try something different or we connect and come up with our own original ideas together, we all continue to try and inspire and share our art with each other.
5. What is one piece of advice you'd give to a non-professional who wants to take better photographs?
I suppose the best piece of advice is to just go shoot! I tried a different approach to help improve; a little technique I picked up was to limit myself to the amount of pictures I would take to the amount in a roll of film. It helped me analyze the scene a little more and focus on the composition instead of just snapping a million photos that may or may not have been what I actually was seeking. It helps dial in your creative mind, slows you down to see a composition you may not have known was there.