From Intro to Extro Vert

Being a photographer means getting to connect with people in a truly meaningful way. I was pretty shy as a kid and would often hide behind a book instead of interacting with people, even in social situations! Yep, I was totally that kid sitting in the corner reading Harry Potter instead of talking to anyone around me. Becoming a photographer taught me to open up and get close to people, and this was not an easy thing at first...

Being a photographer means getting to connect with people in a truly meaningful way. I was pretty shy as a kid and would often hide behind a book instead of interacting with people, even in social situations! Yep, I was totally that kid sitting in the corner reading Harry Potter instead of talking to anyone around me. Becoming a photographer taught me to open up and get close to people, and this was not an easy thing at first. I’ll admit that when I first started shooting, I was super awkward and had no idea how to interact with my clients or direct my sessions effectively. I was nervous, not only because of actual shyness but because I was new to photographing strangers and terrified of coming across as a fraud. Imposter syndrome, all the way. It took time, practice and a dedicated effort at improving not just my ability to handle a photo session but to learn how to actually connect with people in a real way. I did this by making it a habit to talk to new people all the time, every single day. Literal strangers. Whether out shooting an event, in line at the grocery store or a sporadic encounter with someone on the street, I would find something to talk about and connect over. If I could get a smile out of a stranger, or even better, a laugh, the encounter was a success. Over time, I got better and better at talking to new people like they were old friends. My confidence grew and my walls came down. I learned to be intuitive to my clients’ needs, help them stay relaxed while out shooting with me, and just be real with them, one hundred percent of the time. Today I have no fear of social situations – it’s actually the opposite. I love meeting new people and learning their stories. I love having conversations about meaningful experiences, especially with people I barely know, because to me, nothing breaks down walls faster than being able to talk with someone in a real way. I believe that everyone has something to offer others, and I love learning more and more about the world through my experiences with people from every walk of life.