The Black & White Set.
When I first started working with cameras, in the pursuit of my own interest with memories, I began with film. Darkroom film. At the time, I had been sent to a summer school, and this was my only artistic outlet. I remember begging my teachers to let me stay just "a little bit longer" because watching the film develop was my favorite thing - I'd cut meals - and sometimes, I'd cut study time, simply because I wanted to capture the memory of something.
I was thirteen when I participated in a massive demolition and reconstruction project at the school that I was attending. We tore out walls just to put up thicker ones - we (the student body) had created plans for our very first darkroom. I spent years in and out of that darkroom developing photos from my time deep within the blue ridge mountains. I spent time hiking on the Appalachian Trail, canoeing on some of the East Coasts longest rivers, and biking through incredible places - all apart of the school experience. It was moments like those that I wanted to capture: the happiness of the strangers we met, the beauty of the world around me, and of course, the memories.
I fell in love with the idea of capturing people's stories, long before I actually became a portrait photographer. During my last year at that school, I went on an 18 day field trip that took us up and down the East Coast and to major food banks, homeless shelters and soup kitchens - where we volunteered our time and services. I learned very quickly that there isn't a soul alive who doesn't have some kind of story to tell.
I would, however, remain a hobbyist/nature photographer until my senior year of high school. I don't know if it was because I liked to keep my darkroom work hidden as that was just for me, or if I was scared of living a dream I knew I wanted. Regardless of whatever fear that was holding me back, I launched my photography business a few months shy of my high school graduation and now here we are.
I've spent a lot of time learning what I wanted to capture in a photo and how to do so. I've attended some great workshops, both online and in person, taught by great photographers like Jaime Ibarra, Alex Manfredini, LUCIMA, and Lara Jade; I study current fashion magazines, and most importantly, I work on connections. To create an image that is eye-catching, storytelling and that perfectly captures the essence of a person/their energy - one must get to know who they're working with. Despite my introverted personality and general shyness - when I'm working, I do by best to find a way to bring light, laughter and comfortability into a room, quickly.
Though a lot of my strength as a photographer lies within colored photographs, I have always loved the drama, the mood and the different perspectives that black and white brings into a picture. For that very reason, I thought it would be fun to showcase Nina in a light that many of you may not have necessarily seen her in.
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