How did you get into photography, and did you always know that was what you wanted to do?
Like most people in this profession, I've had a fascination with photography and film since I was a kid. Anytime my parents were using a video camera, if I wasn't hamming it up in front of the lens, then I was begging them to let me be the one filming.
In high school is where I started taking photography more seriously. Videography is what started the obsession and then photography took over. I had my camera with me at all times, photographing everything and anything. I was initially going to pursue psychology, but at the last moment, I decided to switch to making art for a living. Over a decade later and I still have no regrets at all about the decision.
Which artist(s) would you most love to photograph, and why?
There are a lot of people on my "I will do almost anything to photograph" list, but we'll stick to the top 3:
I've been a massive fan of this band since I was a teenager. They've been a giant inspiration for me musically, artistically, and I'd even say spiritually in a way.
2. Fall Out Boy
I had an entire wall dedicated to Fall Out Boy in my room growing up, so I think the obsession speaks for itself.
3. Billie Eilish
I like her music. I like her style. I think we'd vibe really well working together and make some really cool artwork.
What was your first photography job or commission in music?
My first commission in music is still to this date my favourite shoot I've ever worked on. I photographed some press images for my favorite band, mewithoutYou.
I was a nervous, little college student who couldn't believe that her favorite band was interested in letting her take photos of them. We shot in a back room of Mr. Small's Theatre in Pittsburgh before their show that night. We had a little over an hour to shoot a few different set ups.
One of my good friends assisted me and let me borrow his camera and equipment as I didn't have adequate enough equipment at the time. For being my first time working with a group of musicians, it went really well! The photos still hold up for the most part and I definitely look back on them fondly. I've gotten to work with them two other times since then (nbd!), but the first holds a massive place in my heart.