I haven’t always been a photographer, but I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. I picked it up from my father. He was the person in my family who captured every moment on film, and I became increasingly intrigued. Once I had a camera of my own, I couldn’t put it down. I took it to school every day and made portraits of my friends, but at the time, it was just for fun. My real passion was for dance, and I studied it vehemently.
My first career, and significant portion of my life, was devoted to my work as a professional dancer. I lived in Manhattan, but spent the majority of my time on tour. It was during the years while touring overseas that my passion for photography became more evident to me. After every Sunday matinee, and armed with my little 35mm Canon, I would hop on a train headed for another charming little city, and return just in time for the Tuesday night performance. I always travelled alone, met the most amazing people, and had fantastic adventures. So, when it became clear that my time as a dancer was coming to an end, I pursued a degree in photography, and made the official switch.
Using my newfound commercial training, I worked in a Midtown Manhattan studio, photographing the people I understood best; dancers, actors, and models. But it wasn’t long before I was yearning for new escapades, so I decided to go west. I landed in New Mexico, where I worked with the Santa Fe Workshops, then continued on to San Francisco, which is where I have remained. I adore this city, and as distant as I’ve become from my prior pursuits, I am ever grateful for my years on the stage and continue to honor those experiences by photographing dancers as an ongoing personal project.
Now, as a photographer and educator, I love the opportunity to connect with people, whether it is while shooting or in the classroom. I am drawn to the genuine nature of humanity, and fascinated by the endless ways in which people live their lives. The multitude of customs, beliefs, traditions, cultures, lifestyles, and professions, never cease to amaze me. Photography gives me the permission to enter into a brief relationship with someone I may have never known otherwise, and allows me to be witness to authentic moments in time. I love the way the camera slows me down and urges me to observe the world in a more intentional and mindful manor. I am invited into new adventures every day, whether it is making a quiet portrait in someone’s home or being swept up by the flurry of a bustling city. I eagerly and joyfully embrace it all.