Photographer & Director
Brooklyn, New York
Q: What song do you play on repeat?
A: "Seventeen" by Sharon Van Etten.
Q: What's the best way to start the day?
Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?
A: Turning 29. Again. ;)
Q: What is the most impactful project you've worked on and why.
A: My ongoing personal project LGBTQIA Portraits which I'm syndicating through the Getty X GLAAD X
Ceros Image library is the most impactful and meaningful project I've worked on in the past few years.
Growing up queer in the ’90s was very isolating. Prior to the first iteration of "Queer Eye", the only visible
representation of being gay in my world was either Richard Simmons or Liberace. While I’m not
diminishing their roles, struggles, or place in the history of queer rights, I didn’t see much of myself in
them. Thankfully, in the years since, queer people have become visible in ways I never could’ve
imagined. We're EVERYwhere, in every family, job, school, etc. And while we're here and queer, authentic representation in commercial imagery is still lacking.
With this backstory, I jumped at the opportunity to contribute stereotype-breaking imagery to the Getty X GLAAD X Ceros image library. Knowing that my still and motion images are positively altering queer representation in the global landscape is a dream. My hope is that this imagery will find kids who, like I was, are in need of seeing themselves.
Q: Which art/photo exhibit that you've seen has impacted you the most?
A: Any William Eggleston exhibit. I'm a sucka!
Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?
A: Where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.
Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?
A: Early in my photo schooling, it was drilled into me that every photo needs to have some form of artificial lighting (?!). Unlearning this odd directive has been transformative. I love shooting with just available light now!
Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?
A: Over the rainbow.
Q: What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
A: After watching Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building, I have to say, I'm a fan! Who knew?
Q: What book impacted you the most?
A: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
Q: What risks are worth taking?
A: Anything that has the ability to better one's self for the positive.
Q: What are the first 3 chapters of your autobiography titled?
A: 1) Born Hot, 2) Live Hot, 3) Die Hot: A guide to living HOT. (I'm totally joking here btw...)
Q: What do you spend the most time thinking about?
A: The shape of the Supreme Court.
Q: Best and worst advice you've ever received.
A: Best: If you think you can, you will. Worst: "Why not pursue a career as a Court Stenographer" - my
(useless) high school guidance counselor.
Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?
A: My early work was defined by a need to please the client to a fault. I was so concerned with what they
wanted the end product to look like, that my own eye (and voice) wasn't present in the work. Thankfully, I've shaken off that insecurity in the past few years, and my work has blossomed as a result - and the clients are THRILLED! #beyourself.
Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without - Besides a camera ;)
A: Great tunes.