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As a mere teenager thumbing through books at the Photographers Place in Soho, home to some of the most valued books in photography, when I was inspired by the late Richard Avedon. I was astonished by his infamous image "Dovima with Elephants", and decided right then and there, I had to study B&W photography. Soon after I picked up my first camera, a Canon AE-1 (which I still own today), and from there everything clicked. My passion found me. !~

I went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and it quickly became my life.

Learning what a powerful tool a camera is in depicting each moment and each person in a split second, is astounding to me. !~ Over time, I developed my practice with the intention of finding my subjects and learning about who they are first. Connecting with my subjects is an essential part of the process, prior to the shoot. I am interested in the interior of the person I am photographing and learning about their diverse personalites to obtain information to produce an authentic image. The faces of all my subjects are full of information, a reflection of each incredible story. !~ Photography IS the story….the connection…looking for a moment to feel as close to the soul as possible. !~

There are never two shoots that are the same, therefore my images differ from one another. I love the range of possibilites I get to create specifically for each individuals needs, as each of my clients needs differ from one another.

In addition to being behind the camera, I often play role of Creative Director in charge of set design, styling and props in order to produce a unifed image that compliments my clients and my gracious muses. !~

When I am not shooting I love to go walking around and biking in a quaint little town by the Delaware Water Gap. Immersing myself in nature, shopping in small local shops for my shoots, and eating amazing food with great friends. !~

The latest works start at the beginning and ends with the oldest to about 2011.

Photo by: Tanya Marques

Exhibitions

"Four Visions, "Theatro La Tea, NYC, Group Exhibition June 13, 2008

"Exposicao Coletiva", Gallery Municipal, Sao Bras de Alportel, Portugal Exhibtion April 1 - April 12, 2008

"Rural Landscapes" The Art at Eighteen, Milford, NJ Exhibition September 29 - November 29, 2007

"Galeria do Museu, Sao Bras Portugal September 8 - November 9, 2007

"Art Viva" Exhibition, Sao Bras de Alportel, Portugal July 14, 2007

"What the World Needs Now Is Love" Harry's Loft, NYC, First Solo Exhibition and Benefit Auction, September 8, 2006 

"Saturday Night Sunday Morning" , African American Museum, Philadelphia Exhibition April 9- September 17, 2005, extended to a traveling Exhibition 2006-2006, Debra Willis -Curator

 

History 

2002 Studied Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City

2005-2008 Exhibited/Landscape Photography

2009-2018 Currently focusing on Fashion Editorials, Head shots, and Portraits