a)I'm a portrait photographer who loves working with people who are creative and express themselves through their appearance. I am mostly interested in dark influenced high fashion.
q)How would you describe your work?
a)Alternative portraiture. In the past I've leaned towards fetish and erotica, but really love the look and feel of fashion.
q) Did somebody encourage you to become an artist?
a)I've always been an artist. Once I picked up a camera and expressed interest in pursuing it, my family and friends have been very supportive and encouraging.
q) What is your favorite medium?
a)Photography. I started out shooting 35mm film, and in the last 2 years have moved over to digital photography.
q) Can you describe your process, from the seed of an idea to a completework?
a)For my personal projects, I'm drawn to vintage and antique looks and fashion. I generally look at the person I am going to photograph and see what look and era they inspire in me. From there, I offer suggestions as to what I'm looking for wardrobe and looks-wise. If I have a wardrobe stylist and make up artist, I send them my concepts. Once we are in studio, I set up my background and start shooting. I'm very relaxed and enjoy working together. If I've been hired for a shoot, I offer suggestions to the client, generally, I'm hired for my style and abilities.
q) Generally speaking, where do your ideas come from?
a)Vintage eras. I love classic looks and feels mixed with modern props. I like to do a nouveau-vintage feel on my shoots.
q) How long does it take to complete a piece?
a)Depends on the feeling I get from the image. - I rarely do a lot of post production on a photo.
q) Who are your favorite artists.and who are some artists you are currentlylooking/listening to?
a)Irena Ionesco, Ellen Von Unwerth to name a couple. I've been listening to Jill Tracy non stop for the last 6 months... I'm always browsing through sites looking at visuals and fashion.
q) Are you represented by a gallery? Do you have any upcoming exhibits?
a)Not at this time. I'm always showing in small venues or at clubs throughout Los Angeles.
q) Do you have any 'studio rituals'? As in, do you listen to certain typesof music while working? What helps to get you in the mood for working?
a)I'm always in the mood to do a photo shoot. I am currently doing a lot of personal photography, just having my camera on me at all times and photographing things in everyday life - it inspires me and keeps me creative.
q) What is your favorite a) taste, b) sound, c) sight, d) smell, and e)tactile sensation?
a. Mongolian BBQ.
b. I love listening to people talk around a fire ring when I first wake up in a tent while camping.
c. I'm such a visual person - I love to see people showing off their creativity. The color red always makes me happy.
d. The smell of a wildflower in NW Montana that reminds me of my childhood and my grandmother.
e. Petting my kittys.
q) Do you have goals that you are trying to reach as an artist, what is your'drive'? What would you like to accomplish in your 'profession'?
a)My goals are to do photography full time - being able to shoot what I want and have it be sought after. My drive is my self assurance that if I keep working at it, I will achieve it. It's not easy - but I can achieve it.
q) When have you started using the internet and what role does this form ofcommunication play for you, personally, for your art, and for your business?
a)I started on the internet about 10 years ago. I love that it brings the world to my fingertips and allows me to put myself and my work out there. I use it to research new and different ways to get my work out there, and ideas and concepts. For me personally - I have met some of the most wonderful and creative people all over the world through chat and community's - people who inspire and encourage me, as well as provide challenges to push me to be better.
q) What do you obsess over?
a)I've never really obsessed over anything - I'm currently driven to improve myself and my work.
q) Do you have prefered working hours? Do you pay attention to the time ofthe day or maybe specific lighting?
a)At the moment, I'm working in the studio - so I work whenever I have time and as much as I can schedule shoots for. I like just before dusk, I love the warm lighting that is provided then...
q) Do you do commissioned works?
a)Yes, I do. Yes, I do. I've done CD covers, book projects, calendars
q) Any tips for emerging artists?
a)Just keep working and be creative. It takes time, but if you are true to yourself and your work, you will be happy.