4. What do you always bring on your travels?
Backups of everything related to gear. There’s no camera stores near most of the destinations i’m going to, so preparing for a water housing to flood is at top of mind for me always.
5. What would you tell yourself as a teenager?
Start documenting your life even more. The mundane, common, eating-dinner-with-your-family type of stuff is my favorite type of photography now. I love the images I've taken for work, but a candid photo of my siblings sitting together in the ocean waiting for the next set is far more valuable to me.
6. Which is your favourite destination?
Tahiti, I love the tropics. Their culture reminds me of home except everyone speaks french and every meal has fresh coconut somewhere in it. Everything feels nostalgic and I love that.
7. What would you tell people who would like to follow your path?
Do the unpaid internships in college, or work for someone in the industry even if the rate isn’t what you think you’re worth. When you’re starting out, learn as much as you can from people that are doing things you find interesting. Try it all out; it’s just as valuable to know what you want to do as it is to know what you don’t. If you can learn that through a free internship and not 4 years of college I think that’s great.
8. Have you studied?
Yes, but not formally for photography. My education is in fashion and retail merchandising. I thought I wanted to work creating store built-outs and window displays. I never feel like anything I've studied or job random I've worked as a waste; you can learn from every experience and marketing classes I took are applicable to other things I'm doing.
9. What was your first job?
My first job as a paid photographer was for a friend’s new lemonade company back in 2014. I was actually building them a website and the photos were just something I offered to provide an all encompassing package.