Interview with photographer
What do you love most about photography?
The constant challenge of getting my ideas and artistic visions executed into reality. I love the rawness of photography; the natural lighting, the clothing, the model expressions ... everything. I love the challenge of film cameras and carefully choosing each frame, but I also love the editing process of digital and experimenting with color shifts. Haha, I love it all!
How would you describe your personal artistic style?
Emotional and natural. A good friend of mine said to me recently, "The main thing that makes your photography 'you' is that it is always emotional. It's like you can "feel" the images you create." Nothing is forced during photoshoots, 99% of the time I use natural resources from outside locations and natural lighting. I love that it comes across to other people who see my work, because I do want to touch people's emotional side. I want them to feel the happiness, sexuality, timidness, longing, etc. depending on what work of mine they are looking at.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by so many things; The weather, nature's landscapes, people's emotions, a conversation I've overheard by strangers, my vivid dreams or nightmares, unique artwork and movies -- the world is this amazing and inspiring place with so many possibilities and never-ending ideas.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
This is going to sound so melodramatic but -- "The only person you have is yourself." My father told me that many many years ago and he didn't mean it in this depressing 'life is crap' kind of way, he meant it as ... no one is going to hand me anything. No one is going to make my dreams come true. No one is in control of the life ambitions I have, no one can tell me how I spend my time and who I choose to spend it with. It's my choice in the end. It's just me.
What is the most life changing or unique thing that you have witnessed?
It's more of a personal experience. I am a mother, and a young one. Having my son transcended me into a better person, the one I am today and I am eternally grateful for it. Because of him I have learned compassion, selflessness, trust, honesty, strength and ambition.
How did you learn about TUSK and what inspired you to want to be a part of TUSK Magazine?
I moved to Denver a year ago and as I was researching local magazines I came across TUSK. It was the layout and the overall feel to the magazine that caught my eye. Like my photography, I liked the rawness of the magazine layouts, the editing style and how non-traditional it was. I'm very excited to be part of the magazine!
What is your next big adventure?
I want to plan a road-trip for next summer to go to my home state of North Carolina and show my family where I come from. I want to drive through the dense forests and dip my feet in the sand again because it's been too long. My heart is in the south and with the ocean, it always welcomes me home.
What project do you hope to work on next?
I'd love to do a look-book for a fashion designer or a clothing store (urban outfitters, billabong, etc.) It's my dream to create something new and unbridled and look-books just seem to have that vibe to them that I can't wait to try creating.