Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
What first attracted you to photography?
My interest for photography actually started back in high school. I had always been into drawing and painting as a child (mostly portraiture). Once I began the process of shooting on my father’s Pentax camera, it was a game changer for me. I would be in the darkroom developing prints and seeing my work come to life from my negatives. It was a life-altering experience. Flash forward to 13 years later and I finally pick up a digital camera and start taking photos.
What is a moment you are most proud of in regards to photography?
Probably one of my greatest achievements thus far with photography has been my feature in a magazine for my work and the overwhelming response I have received from posting my work via social media. I have always searched for something I am truly talented at and I was so glad I found photography in my life.
Favorite style or subject to shoot?
Portraiture is by far my favorite whether it is beauty, fashion, boudoir or any other type of portrait work.
Favorite piece of equipment?
My favorite piece of gear currently is either my Flashpoint Xplor 600 watt strobe or my Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens that I pair with my Canon 6D. I love it because I can get the lighting I want and the amazing close-up headshots I want to achieve with the Sigma lens.
What is your dream photography gig?
Ultimately my dream gig as a photographer would be to go completely freelance and be able to make a living whether it be shooting commercial or editorial-style work. I would also like to venture into trying my hand at some concert and live event photography at some point to see if it is something I could see myself doing.
Any advice for others who are interested in photography?
Advice I would give to anyone pursuing photography whether it is for a hobby, passion or possible career is to never give up. You will have days when you don’t feel like you are good or not happy with where you want yourself to be but you just have to keep pushing and challenging yourself. Do it for the love of the craft and everything else will follow.
The best piece of advice you received starting out?
Never stop shooting. The only way you will get better is to continually practice and not be afraid to try new things. Leaving your comfort zone is the best way to start moving in the right direction.
What services do you offer?
The services I offer are family and wedding portrait work. I also do professional headshots and modeling photography. Portraiture is definitely my bread and butter when it comes to photography.