What photographers have been the biggest influence on you?
Tim Walker, Steven Meisel, and Annie Leibovitz. You could have asked for a list of 10, and the names would have all changed, but these three will always remain the same. Each have their own personal style, and have carved out a very unique niche in the industry.
What magazines and websites do you look at for inspiration?
Love Magazine is my absolute favorite. The editorials are so very daring, and they don't hold back. I also utilize the resources on showstudio.com. Ran by British icon and photographer Nick Night, this site is a library of inspiration and technique.
How have you handled the collaboration process when working with a fashion designer?
I always ask what the story behind a piece is. Who is it for, real or imaginative, and where did it come from. I love creating visual narratives for designers, and telling a dynamic story through still imagery.
What three words would you use to describe your work?
Narrative, Fantastical, with a touch of Escapism.
How did you become a photographer?
I always had a disposable camera with me as a kid, and loved to create. After high school people began asking me to take photos for them, and it just grew from there. I studied darkroom photography for 4 years in college, and then began taking professional photos in 2010.
What advice would you give young people who want to be a photographer?
Create the work for yourself that you wish to do for others. I wish I could shout this from a rooftop. In order to get the work you desire, you must provide a sketch of what it is you might create for a brand or company. Once they get a glimpse of this possibility, they are more likely to take a chance on your unique vision.
What was the most fun you’ve had on a shoot?
I love when the entire team unites under the umbrella of a specific vision. There is often a brief moment where the imaginative world you have created together seems real, and its my favorite part of this job.
What are the limitations/advantages of being a photographer in Nashville?
Resources in Nashville have always been a challenge. People often don't let you pull for an editorial because you aren't buying. All the while, you are trying to paint an ideal picture using their product to entice the viewer to dream. Perhaps it's just a difference in priorities, but it's something I dream of improving in this town. The real advantage of working in Nashville is that this town is a safe place to learn. Yes, the standards are high, but I find people have been more forgiving compared to other locations.
Which part of the photography process do you enjoy the most?
I love the part of any project where you have the opportunity to sit and dream up a really good story. It's one of the best parts. In that moment, before budgets or logistics... anything is possible.
What is your favorite subject?
Really good clothing. I love clothes that tell a story, and a strong model to carry them well and create within. When both these elements are present, be prepared to walk away with something that will last a lot longer than you or I.