When did you start taking photos?
I was always obsessed with film and art as a child, and often made little films with friends but I did not pick up a camera until high school when my grandmother gave me her dinky little point and shoot digital camera, I was probably about 16 or 17. I didn't really know what I was doing, but always seemed to gravitate towards taking photographs of people but could never find any willing subjects. When I moved away from home to San Francisco I lost touch with my love for photography, it wasn't till late 2009 when I moved to Portland that I decided to pick up a camera again and decided take my first photography class ever, luckily it was an Analogue Intro to Black and White Photography class. Once I learned about the basic functions of a camera and how it manipulated light, I feel in love, particularly with film---and that was it, there was no turning back.
What to you do to get yourself inspired?
Inspiration is a funny thing, it always seems to come from nowhere or when I'm in the middle of a troublesome task, it comes as a daydream, popping out of nowhere distracting me from the task at hand, for this I have a little notebook that I carry for moments like that. Generally though I'm such a film nerd that I find a lot of inspiration in old movies and reminiscing about all of the romantic far away places I traveled to as a child. Color and fashion also play a big roll, especially the colors and fashion of the late 60's and 70's, I just can't get enough of it.
What is your dream photo shoot?
My dream photo shoot would involve a extraordinary location like the Palace of Versailles, the inside is so spectacular with long halls and giant windows, it would be completely over the top with giant hair and ridiculous makeup. Or perhaps something simple in an impossible location like the heart of the Sahara Desert during dusk with sheer materials and the human form. Any opportunity to take me back to Morocco, I long to photograph these magical places that I almost barely remember.
What is your spirit animal?
My cat is definitely my spirit animal, she has expensive taste and a love for the softest things.