I was born and raised in San Francisco, my father was too and my mother was so in Berkeley. I am now living in my mother’s house since she grew up. When I was younger my dad had a camera and he was always taking photographs, recording movies and slideshows at the house. I was always asking if we could have a slideshow of the family, I loved them. My father had definitely a huge influence in terms of me becoming a photographer.
I learned to photograph, develop film and print in the 6th grade and studied photography every year at school. I went to college in the south of California where I was a psychobiology major. However, I am a professional chef now – even though I’ve been shooting always. In 2001 I was working in a restaurant that closed so I decided to focus just on photography, but it was kind of impossible for me to support myself only with photography. So I ended up just cooking. It was then that I started to take myself more seriously as a photographer. I have always been the black sheep of the family, following where my interests were asking me to go.
Regarding my personality I asked one of my really good friends to help me answer this: peppy, hyper at times, energetic, outgoing, fiery, feisty, kind, upbeat, reflective. We cook together and we discuss almost about everything.