DRiP MAG ALUMNI: FALL/WINTER ’16 ISSUE
BIRTHPLACE: Columbus, Ohio
Q: What have you been taking photos of lately?
A: Mostly musical artists, pro athletes, fashion icons, TeenVogue models, and more. I have been doing a lot of portrait photography, but I’ve also taken photos of dogs and hair and beauty lines which is new for me.
Q: Have you seen any significant progression in your work since last winter?
A: Yes, but I haven’t seen enough. However, my edits have gotten a lot cleaner, because I am taking more time to edit faces in my photos.
Q: Did you accomplish any goals over the past year?
A: Yes! I shot at my first festival for free. It was the Breakaway Fest in Columbus which featured artists like Playboi Carti and Kodak Black, both among those I was able to photograph. I also hit a milestone by styling a model from top to bottom on my own for one of my shoots, which I would like to do more. I also got back into creating graphic cover art. I have always wanted to be a graphic designer. I want to get into videography too, so that I can be a one-stop shop and provide multiple services to people.
Q: What has been your favorite photography experience to date?
A: Definitely Breakaway Festival. I ended up getting kicked off of the stage, but somehow I got security to help me get to the front of the crowd with the better view. I met Evan Turner from the Portland Trailblazers under a Southern Comfort tent, which was pretty cool, because he is an Ohio State Alumni. Since the festival, I have been able to link up and photograph other pro athletes like Taco Charlton from the Dallas Cowboys and Zack Steffens from the Columbus Crew.
Q: Do you have a favorite love song?
A: “CowboyKiller” by C O M M A N D.
Q: Describe your work in 3 colors.
A: Red, Blue, and Black.
Q: Do you think love or emotions ever affect your photography?
A: Emotions do for sure. How I’m feeling today shows in my own shoots. However, when I am getting paid to shoot, I try to put my own emotions to the side. Even with my clients, I tell them to think of certain emotions while we they are being photographed. Basically, they play a huge part in my work.
Q: Has photography made a lasting impact on your life?
A: Yes it has, and still is. I met some people I would have never met without photography. I even got to New York City for free. I find that communication is what gets me far. I learned not to be afraid to be persistent. You’ve go to start somewhere, and my photography has taken me a long way. It helps me to push myself. Besides sports, photography is the only thing I feel like I am really talented in. I am always looking for ways to set myself apart from the rest.
Q: What is the craziest thing you have done for love?
A: Once, I walked about 3 miles in the snow for my girl. I was sweating so much, even though it was cold.
Q: What are some of your plans for 2018?
A: I would like to shoot my first video this year. I want to go to California. Getting signed is another one of my goals. This sounds vague, because there are many different extents to which I could be signed. Basically, I just want to be paid consistently for my work. I want to constantly create and make a living while doing it. Lastly, I want to get published, and continue to grow and progress.