WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
I can't remember not having a camera, so I don't know what made me pick it up in the first place, but my first camera was a blue plastic 110 with Mickey Mouse on it. I carried it everywhere and took dozens of pictures of the sort of things that interest little kids. My parents dutifully developed roll after roll, eventually handing down my dad's old Nikon 35mm for me to play with. They've always been tremendously supportive and I'm very lucky.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
Finding unique or beautiful locations where nudity isn't illegal or considered vulgar. Once you manage that, I think it's all about developing a trusting relationship with your models. It doesn't take much to hire a model to get nude for photos, but when you get one who trusts you enough to be truly vulnerable, that connection comes across in photos and can elevate an image from 'good' to 'memorable.'
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I love both! It's not uncommon for me to have three or four cameras with me at any time, and there's always a mix of digital and analog media. Digital is instantaneous and inexpensive (once you own the equipment); you can do almost anything to a photo with the right editing, and I feel like I learn something new every day. Film is great because there's nothing quite like the hands-on feeling of discovery when you load film onto reels in a dark room and wait out the development process to finally see what you shot. The wait makes it more exciting, and the cost of shooting film makes me more conscious of every detail while I'm shooting. My favorite film camera at the moment is a 1960s Kodak Pony 135.
WHAT KIND OF SHOOTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK ON IN THE FUTURE?
Some really sleek fashion or beauty shoots with a full team of stylists. I'd love to work with latex designers, jewelry designers, makeup artists, and cosmetic companies. I'd also love to do more band, musician, and performance artist shoots! I love going to burlesque performances and sideshow events, and always really enjoy shooting burlesque performers; they've got great costumes and great body awareness.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?
Absorb everything. Every. Last. Thing. Consume all the art you can, in all mediums. Decide if you love it or hate it, then figure out why it makes you feel that way. Listen more than you talk, because you already know what you know, but you can learn what someone else does. Everybody talks; never say anything about someone that you wouldn't say to his or her face. Be humble. Make friends with other artists, not enemies; they don't have to be your opponents, and can be a support network instead. Never stop learning and never stop trying new things.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I love working with my hands, making clothing, props, jewelry, and weird little sculptures. I have a lot of dorky 50s housewife talents like cooking, baking, and knitting. When I've got some time apart from shoots and editing I like to write fiction as well.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I'm a rocker at heart, raised on classic rock and hair metal. I love songs with a catchy hook, a beat you can dance to, or an insane poetic story, so my taste is all over the place and very mood-specific. Right now my favorite contemporary bands are Clutch, Murder By Death, Brown Bird, the Black Keys, and Man Man, but I'm also a huge fan of Nick Cave and Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Type O Negative, Beats Antique, and Marilyn Manson. My itunes library looks like it belongs to a crazy person. I unironically love "Call Me Maybe."
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I'm into home brewing beer (and its subsidiary, home drinking beer), swimming and outdoor activities like hiking or going to the beach, watching hockey, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels in the bathtub, going to concerts and having adventures. I'm one of those weirdos that actually enjoys going to the gym. I watch a ton of horror movies but I love to go dancing or do anything that gets me away from my computer for a night. I'm not internationally known, but I'm known to rock a microphone. I think "Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies is the best song for a girl to sing at karaoke.
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