It all started when my dad, a photographer, bought me a 35mm camera for my fifteenth birthday. At that point in my life, my interests had centered around music and theater while attending Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts in elementary and high school. Shortly after graduation, I moved to New York for college to study voice and acting.
When I was in school, my friends would often see a camera draped over my shoulder. This was before digital photography had taken over the world, so seeing an SLR (a big camera) was not common. The first shoot was for a friend of mine, and that one shoot turned into many more. It didn't happen overnight. The first couple of years consisted of developing my style, learning ways to bring out people's personalities, and making contacts in the industry. Meanwhile, I spent five years working at the New York offices of BRS-Gage, a busy bi-coastal talent agency. Those years were invaluable. They taught me about what goes on behind the scenes in the agent/casting world and the role headshots play in the process.
My clients have appeared in Orange Is the New Black, American Horror Story, Fear the Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Glee!, Smash, 30 Rock, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Castle, Law and Order and the recent Broadway productions of Wicked, Matilda, Falsettos, In Transit, School of Rock, Aladdin, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Tuck Everlasting, Bright Star, Motown, Les Miserables, Kinky Boots, Mama Mia, Rock of Ages, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Next to Normal, Shrek, and Lion King.
In my spare time, I enjoy photographing things around the city and teaching. My collection of photographs from September 11th have been seen at The New York Historical Society and internationally through various venues, including the Here Is New York exhibits. All photographs were donated to help raise money for families of victims. My daily adventures around New York City are well documented on Instagram. Two nights a week, I'm a volunteer computer science (another teenage hobby of mine) teacher at a NYC public high school.
In retrospect, all signs were pointing to photography as more than just a hobby, but making it a career never dawned on me until my schedule was filled up with photo shoots. All of the time spent working in various areas of "the industry" seemed unrelated, but the skills I learned in each area - acting, the agency, and photography - have proved invaluable in my career.