Ever since High School, photography has always been a passion of mine. I first started when I would use my Dad’s camera and eventually turned into my college major. When I was in high school, I would submit my work to a local art gallery and would sometimes sell my art. This gave me the opportunity and confidence to pursue photography throughout high school.
During my junior year in high school, I entered a portfolio contest and won second place, and was able to use the scholarship money to go to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for 3 weeks. This trip helped me grow as a photographer working and traveling every day capturing amazing moments. My senior year I was able to get a golden key in the Scholastic art North East contest, with one of my photos from Cambodia.
During my senior year, I was able to have an internship with Jane Beiles, a New York Times photographer. During this time, I experienced what it was like to be a photographer in the workplace. Jane and I would travel around Connecticut and New York Photographing interiors of homes for the New York Times. I was able to see what it takes, how to act with clients during this time, and how to run a social media account. My time Interning helped me so much to see what photographers do on a day-to-day basis and showed me that photography was more than just pictures and was the job field for me.