you become a photographer?
I first found an interest in photography in
the sixth grade when I was doing an experiment
on facial asymmetry. My dad and I used my grandpa’s
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in a small town in New Mexico called
Who were your main influences growing
My mom and dad were always very supportive of
me. My grandparents always gave me plenty of
Did you go to art school/college or
are you self-taught?
Stared at the University of Hartford as a ceramics
Transferred to University of New Mexico and
earned a BFA in photography.
I am currently studying at the International
Center of Photography in NYC.
Any advice or tips to novice photographers?
Be a good listener.
What has been the most rewarding and
challenging project you have worked on?
I am working on a completely different body
of work right now. I am having the time of my
life. The most challenging part about it is
being patient enough to not show it until I
What is your favorite portfolio piece?
I have two favorites. The first one is the picture
of my daughter's back. She was three years old.
I had conceptualized a picture that I wanted.
I was down to my last shot and I was getting
picky. I didn’t want to waste it. She
decided she was done, stood up and twirled off
the little set I had made. That is when I got
that picture. That is when I learned not to
think so much.
The second was of my son Jakob. He was four
years old and very seldom sat still long enough
for me to take a nice portrait of him. I was
taking pictures of my cousin Cathy and her daughter
Sara in my living room. He would not leave us
alone. He kept throwing pillows over the backdrop.
Finally the backdrop fell over on all of us
and I was forced to give him a little attention.
It occurred to me that maybe he was ready to
have his picture taken. I asked him and he said
yes. I took 3 pictures and he jumped up to go
play. This is when I learned the best way to
deal with people who don’t want their
picture taken is to honor them when they say
no and trust that they will come around if it
is meant to be.
What American art or artist inspires
I recently found a book on Helen
Levitt. She is amazing! I stood there in
the Museum of Modern art bookstore and giggled
to myself every time I turned another page.
Her work is so funny and beautiful and free
and cute and grand and important. I would love
to see more of her work. I think she must be