I’m not sure of a time when I didn’t have a camera in my hand. I can distinctly remember snagging my parents’ point-and-shoot and getting in trouble when it ran out of memory in the middle of my brother’s guitar concert. When I got to middle school, my mom encouraged me to talk with the art teacher, Chris Vivier, who is a very talented photographer. He then became my advisor and showed me the ins and outs of the school darkroom. By 8th grade I saved up my babysitting money, eventually buying my first DSLR, and it’s been my passion ever since.
During my time in high school I was fortunate enough to attend a number of workshops at Maine Media in Rockport, ME where I learned a lot about editing using the Adobe Suite. I was also introduced to alternative process photography, thanks to Brenton Hamilton, which are a number of antique styles of creating photographs such as tintypes, cyanotypes, and tri-color gum bichromate which date back to the early 19th century.
During the summer in high school I also spent quite a bit of time assisting and mentoring with a number of local photographers who focused in wedding and family portrait photography. It is thanks to them, Jen Bilodeau in particular, that I received incredible firsthand experience watching them interact with clients and make creative decisions.
Today I am a student at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where I major in photography. Over the summer I run my own business where I focus on weddings, family, and senior portrait photography.