"I like the unusual, the moment just before the 'perfect picture' and the beauty in reality."I still have the first photograph I ever took on my mood board: a Polaroid of my mother, father, and dog. I took it at the age of three after my parents handed me the camera because they were tired of never seeing themselves in the family photo albums.From there, I became obsessed with capturing visual memories, setting up shoots with my friends in a make-shift studio (a sheet and some props), and devouring my mother's old LIFE magazines for inspiration.After many years (and jazz music school), I started getting hired for portrait sessions and documenting the lives of others, and I realized that what had been my hobby and passion could actually be my profession.So thirteen years later, I've never looked back. I've been fortunate to work among many talented professionals in the industry, and to see my work in The New York Times and publications like Dwell and GQ. I love peeking into the lives of others and capturing it all in an intimate, genuine, and creative way.