What is your favorite rig to shoot on?
My favorite camera is ever-changing, though these days I am loving my Pentax 645n! Medium format seems to give me the depth and feel I’m looking for.
What is your favorite subject to shoot and why?
I am a portrait photographer at heart. I am endlessly drawn to finding that connection or candid moment with my subjects.
What are your goals as a photographer?
Professionally, my goals are to give my clients the best photographs they’ve seen of themselves. Personally, it is to capture and document my world.
What is your favorite thing about photography?
I love learning and challenging myself every day to be better and keep evolving. It is also my life partner in a sense. There have been times in life where it has emboldened me to work through issues and my camera has been a great source of therapy.
What is your least favorite thing?
My least favorite thing is organizing a lifetime of negatives and digital files. I wish there was a magic solution to building an archive for easy recall, but unfortunately, I haven’t figured it out yet.
What advice do you have for other photographers?
First off, I would overly stress to EDIT EDIT EDIT! It is so hard to be critical about one’s own work, but in a time where everyone has a camera literally in their back pockets, you have to stand out. The best way to do that is showcasing your best work only. Quality over quantity will help you in the long run. The second part to that is to learn your craft well enough that your gear doesn’t get in the way of your ability to create. If you find you aren’t getting the best results from a recent shoot, evaluate what caused the problems. Was it your speedlight? Was it the film stock you chose? Don’t be afraid to spend the next week figuring out that issue so the next shoot you feel empowered that problem won’t resurface.
Top photo: Tra La of Planchettes at Fountainbleau Storage