How old were you when you first learned this art?
I was sixteen when I first expressed interest in photography. I also got into modelling around the same time as I had friends who were looking to create their portfolios for photography. I have been singing since I was three and have performed at Disney. I was a member of the Chorus of Westerly as well as a member of my high school vocal ensemble, college choir and vocal performance group. (I am a bit of a nerd)
Who taught you this skill?
We delved into making our own cameras in high school and were required to manipulate photographs in Photoshop for our final grade when Photoshop was still fairly new before everyone face-tuned their images for Instagram. I was fascinated by light and its absence focusing primarily on how manipulating shadows and light creates affects that eliminate the need for filters and touch ups. I focused on the technical aspects of photography in more depth during college. I am overly emotive with my face which is why I sometimes choose to be behind the camera and find it fascinating how one can change the appearance of their facial structure and body type with good lighting and body awareness. I am however very body positive and feel we should all love the skin we are in! I also still give everyone daily vocal performances from my car during my commutes.
How do you respond to criticism?
I can not control the actions of others. I can only control my reactions. I am an empathetic person so I try to rationalize with the awareness that it is more of a reflection of self than a criticism of me and my efforts. I offer support and attempt to help whenever possible. When empathetic you always tend to harbor a bit of the negativity and carry it with you each time so it can be taxing. I also majored in forensic psychology so I am very analytical.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your creative career?
My own self criticism.
What creatives do you admire?
I admire anyone willing to bear a piece of their soul and present their work to the world regardless of caliper, no one is perfect and we don't compare our souls.
What are some of the projects you’re working on right now?
The politics of social media.
What is your favorite thing about your craft that you enjoy the most?
No matter the attempts made you can never fully replicate an image as it is a moment in time.
What is the best advice that you have been given?
It is one thing to strive to be your best self and another to realize true perfection is unattainable.
What do you do to get into your creative zone?
If I have a theme in mind I attempt to picture what the public would wish to see or I set up polls to gather preferences. I meditate, dance, listen to music.
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