Where is your home base?
What is your photography genre/specialty?
Contemporary pet portraits, animal rescue operations, and concerts & entertainment
What is your most memorable image and why?
My most memorable image is the photo of Prince I took at his final concert in Atlanta, just one week before he passed away. All I had was the camera on my iPhone, but I’m so grateful to have been the one who was lucky enough to get that shot.
Why did you become a photographer? What drives you to capture images and has this changed over time?
I don’t feel like I’ve ever been good with words, so being able to share my thoughts and feelings through photos has always been easier for me. Music and animals have always been very important in my life, so I focus on those two subjects the most.
Do you have any personal rituals to help you get ready for a shoot?
What are the top 5 things you can’t live without while on a shoot?
If it’s a pet session, I have to have treats, potty bags, a water bowl, squeaky toys, and reflectors.
How do you regain your inspiration if you hit a creative rut?
Because I shoot a variety of subjects, I haven’t been in a creative rut yet. Variety helps keep me excited, and there’s not a minute of the day where I don’t appreciate the fact that I’ve made a career out of doing what I love.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your journey as a photographer?
When I went back to college as an adult, I had an inspirational professor named Tom Jimison who encouraged me to major in photography as I finished up his basic black and white film class. He changed my life with that conversation. I feel like I’ll never be able to repay him for that.
If you could share just one tip with aspiring photographers, what would it be?
Learn as much as you can about running a business! That can take more of your time than the photography side of things.
What are the top three Zenfolio features essential to helping you run your business?
1. I love the variety in Zenfolio's website layouts, and it’s so easy to add new galleries, pages, and blog posts.
2. Being able to send secure, password-protected galleries to clients is an absolute must for me! Zenfolio makes that easy, and it’s more customized that using something like Dropbox.
3. I don’t have time for in-person sales, so being able to sell my clients quality prints and products through my website is extremely important with my busy schedule.
If you could second shoot with any photographer (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Anton Corbijn. His iconic images of U2 were posters on my walls when I was in high school. I just love the way he sees the world.
How has the photography world changed since you turned pro?
I only had the courage to go pro once I went back to college and graduated with a photography degree in 2012. When I started out in a darkroom in 1984, I never would have imagined the future would be a world with digital photography!
What one piece of software besides Zenfolio do you consider to be vital in your workflow?
Adobe Photoshop. I spend a great deal of time removing leashes from my pet portraits.