It’s not easy to expose yourself to others and reveal your innermost thoughts, feelings, aspirations, and even your failures and fears. It’s an intentional interaction with uncertainty, and I like it—I always have. Those special moments can also arrive out of conversation. It all ties in. Although location and composition are important, the basis for the pictures I take of people is not about those but rather a need for connection. This builds trust and creates sense of belonging. My interest in people helped cultivate my style of work, and my quirky ways, combined with the warmth of excitement and watchful eye, always benefit in bringing the picture home. My consciousness of my surroundings, and my efforts to be mindful shape my personal creativity. Life is scrappy, honest and reflective, just like my pictures—and my personality!