No one really taught me to be a photographer – I taught myself when I was about 12 or 13 years old. However, I have had some influence from my mom and grandpa who used to take photos. My whole family has been very supportive through my photography journey but my mom especially. She is always there to look at my photos and tell me honestly what she thinks- though, sometimes I think she is just being my mom and way to nice, but it still means the world to me.
When setting up a shot, I consider many factors – What I am going to shoot? Do I need to make something feel a certain way? What does the audience need? Where should I shoot it? After that, everything else just falls into place. I want my photos to be memorable photos, even if it is just one.
I love to be able to portray life without being there, creating something that makes you feel like you were there; holding a memory through picture. I guess coming from small community and seeing a lot of bad things related to social problems –death, alcoholism and homelessness – it makes me feel really good inside to do something more positive. All you need is a desire and you can really accomplish a lot.