How did your love of photography begin? When did you realise you wanted to be a photographer?
My love of photography began at a very early age, when I was probably 9 or 10 years old. I made the leap into photography as more than a hobby when I began studying photojournalism at Ohio University in 2004.
You’re a pretty active Instagrammer, Tumblr poster and Twitter user. Do you think it’s important for a photographer to tap into all of these networks? Are they important for your career, or just as an outlet for your prolificacy?
Social media is sadly a very important part of spreading the word about your work these days. Again going back to the noise that we have to filter through on a daily basis… if you intend to make a living with photography everyone out there thinks they are a photographer. The people who hire photographers have many external constraints, but they won’t hire you if they don’t know you exist, or what it is that you do well.
You photograph your family frequently – and the images are always beautiful and intimate. Are your daughters experimenting with photography, and would you encourage them pursue it as a career?
Both of my daughters seem to have some artistic inclinations, though I can’t say I’d encourage them to pursue the same career. It’s not an easy path, and I don’t relish the idea of them struggling in the same ways I have. That said, I will support them in the pursuit of what they are most passionate about.