"The photographer Mary Ellen Mark shot me on-set when I was 12. I was like, Who is this woman? I was so entranced."
"I got my first camera when I was 15, and at 18, I decided I wanted to study further. I went to community college, and I was in the darkroom 20 hours a day. They had to kick me out at the end of the night."
"I use a Nikon F100 or my point-and-shoot Minolta. It can fall down two flights of stairs and it will keep ticking."
POINT OF VIEW
"I love being in photo shoots because I can't help but be a photographer. I'll look at the clothes and be like, OK, this angle would look best with this."
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
"My dream is to work with National Geographic. I'd love to go all over the world. Right now, I'm shooting in New Mexico. There's a Taco Bell and eight gas stations. Wandering around trying to capture the beauty of this place is just as thrilling as wandering around Rome."
"I directed a music video a year ago for a band called Lavender Diamond. Stepping away from that, I realized I had just figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up."
"I can be heartbroken in my bed, and then the light shifts and I'll be like, I have to get outside. I have to see where this light will lead me because I don't want to miss it."
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