Growing up in the Los Angeles area in the ‘90s, I was strongly influenced by the skateboard, music and graffiti culture that surrounded me. I wasn’t good at skateboarding, I couldn’t play an instrument, nor could I draw a stick figure if I tried. It was my passion for the culture and people I grew up with that inspired me.
I developed an interest in videography early on, documenting skateboard sessions in old town Pomona and trips to the Embarcadero in San Francisco, but it wasn’t until the age of 18 that I discovered my passion for photography.
During a semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain, I walked into a camera shop and bought my first camera: a 35mm film SLR. During my four-month stay I had the opportunity to photograph some of the most well known landmarks in Europe. Traveling opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and the potential that can be revealed through my lens.
After returning to California, I attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. During this time, I developed my techniques in lighting, composition, and portraiture, further enhancing my personal style. Now based in Los Angeles, I work as a freelance commercial and editorial photographer.