So...this is how it all began.

I grew up surrounded by catalogues and magazines. My mother was on some sort of list, so we received all kinds in the mail. From celebrity and fashion to travel and interior design and tons of catalogues. Sears Roebuck, JCPenney taught me about clothes. National Geographic and Sport Illustrated taught me about girls.

My mom was a true “do-it-yourself” woman. We used to cut out pictures from our collection of periodicals and paste them to empty ice cream buckets we salvaged from Baskin Robbins. We used these for storage in our humble little home. I still do this in my own studio. Some things are just meant to be.

My interest in photography began as reference material for paintings. I used photos from fashion magazines and fine art photography books as inspiration. I focused on musicians, actors, models, and celebrity portraiture. Secretly, I've always wanted to be the person in the magazine. I finally bought a camera to gather material of my own. I realized that I couldn't keep copying everyone else's work. I wanted to show people how I saw the world, from my own perspective. Suddenly, it happened! After my first day of shooting, I knew what I would do for the rest of my life. I preceded to teach myself how to shoot. In the beginning, I searched the internet, bookstores and garage sales for anything written on photography. I asked a million questions of anyone who would listen. Eventually, I was told that "the only downside of being self taught, if there is one at all, is that you will eventually pass up your teacher". That happened, too.

So, I decided to enroll in the Academy of Art University to seriously pursue fashion photography as well make connections in the industry. This led to covering street style, runway, and backstage during Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Notable shows have been Ralph Rucci, Francesca Libertore, Nanette Lepore, and Phoebe English. The greatest moments of this adventure have been shooting alongside Bill Cunningham at NYFW, talking supermodels and photography with Arthur Elgort, and of course meeting Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. I'm easily start struck! 

This all may seem hard to believe. I hardly believe it myself, but there have been many agonizing days and sleepless nights worrying whether or not I'm going down the right path. Luckily, a good friend told me to "Include Yourself" in everything you do, that way you will never be left out. I encourage everyone I work with to do the same. With this as our foundation, I can create the most beautiful images I am capable of because you become a part of your own beauty story. You can see this in my work. It's there and I guarantee it in the results. I am blessed to be a photographer. Truly blessed. I've dedicated my life to creating and sharing images of beauty and style everywhere I go. You might say that I'm driven. I certainly do. 

By the way, I was born and raised in California. I live and breath for New York. The three of us are having a great relationship. P.


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