MY EXPERIENCE STEPPING INTO THIS INDUSTRY.
The first year I set out to be a photographer, it seemed like everything other photographers did was under wraps. There seemed to be an endless gap between me and those who had "made it". After many failed attempts at connecting with other photographers, I gave up.
I felt so alone in the journey.
I decided to put my head down and get lost in becoming the best photographer I could be. I wanted to be so good that "they" couldn't ignore me anymore.
As you can imagine, this mindset was great for my work.. but devastating to my mindset. It gave me an aggressive competitiveness and even worse sense of isolation.
Then l met a group of photographers at Nirav Patel's workshop in 2014 that were open, humble and eager to connect. They shared their unique experiences and processes with me. This experience was paramount for my growth; to see other artists who wanted the same thing as kindred spirits and not competition. I realized that the only way to fight that weirdness I had encountered early on was to be CELEBRATORY and ENCOURAGING, not a raging competitive bitch. :) So I encourage you to try that.
I desire to be fully transparent and available to share about my personal journey as a photographer and entrepreneur. Shoot me an email with any and all questions you may have. I can't guarantee a rapid response, but I will definitely respond soon.
I edit in Lightroom using various custom presets heavily manipulated from Visual Supply Co. If I am doing extensive skin work (ie: fashion or editorial work) I will use Photoshop because nothing can compare. I am extremely happy with the grain and color effects in Alien Skin Exposure 5. It gives my work that extra little punch that I love!
RARELY USED GEAR.
Two Canon 5D Mark IIIs
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8L
Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro
Canon 135mm f/2.0L
Two Canon 5D Mark IVs
Canon 24mm f/1.4L II
Canon 35mm f/1.4L
Canon 50mm f/1.2L
Canon 85mm f/1.2L
Sandisk Extreme Pro Compact Flash Cards
Sandisk Extreme Pro SD Cards (for dual backup)
Canon 600EX-RT Flash, 430EX II Flash (backup)
Pelican 1535AirTP Wheeled Carry-On Case (with TrekPak Insert)
Hold Fast Moneymaker Straps
Capri ONA bag (perfect tote for travel)