It all started when I was a skateboarding-obsessed teenager. When I wasn't skating I was thumbing through skateboarding magazines, and it wasn't so much the action shots that caught my eye but the advertisements. I soon began to browse the fashion mags as well.

As a photography student I initially focused on fashion (come on, who wouldn't want to take pictures of models all day?), and noticed that portraits done by fashion photographers like Avedon and Liebowitz were nothing like the stiff, posed portraits that came from the photography studio at the mall. Portraiture doesn't have to be boring. It shouldn't be boring. In my photographs I use the fundamentals of classic portraiture and traditional lighting techniques to create unique portraits.