Q: How did you fall in love with photography?
A: I started to become interested in photography after a trip to Sedona, Arizona in college. It had just rained, and the blades of grass were so saturated that I began to look at nature in a different way. My mindset went from nature being a hike through steep hills in an oppressive heat wave or brushing up against thorny bushes to getting out and taking photos to capture a scene of natural beauty. These surroundings weren’t created by us, but for us to enjoy.
Q: What prompted you to start taking photos of natural hearts we see everyday?
A: I was locked in my parents’ van to shield myself from the rain on a camping trip in the Chiricahua Mountains. I looked out through a window and found a tree stump in a perfect heart shape. After the rain subsided, I took about 100 photos of that tree stump. The next sighting was a heart-shaped rock that my mother found as part of their backyard landscape. My eye was trained from then on to see these natural hearts around us.
Q: How many heart photos have you taken in all?
A: I’ve captured close to 30 different subjects, from a heart-shaped tomato I cut in half while preparing a salad, to a heart-shaped potato chip, to even an elastic band in the distinguishable shape that was on a Metro Train passenger’s backpack. I was at a lake once, watching swans swim across the water, and two were facing each other in such a way that their beaks created the center point of a heart.
Q: What’s your favorite type of photography?
A: I like photos that are raw and in their natural form. If a photo can go untouched and unedited, that is how I prefer it. I believe that if you change the look of an image too much from the way it was, you’re cheating the viewers and yourself from what was originally captured, creating something that isn’t real. But then again, sometimes the unnatural can be a great thing from the imagination. I love black and white photography as well, for it adds such an elegance to a moment.
Q: What’s your favorite clothing store?
A: I have to say, 95% of my wardrobe is from New York & Co. Skirts, blouses, pants, belts, jewelry… It’s an addiction, really.
Q: What’s the best part about being tall?
A: Height has always been something that is desired by all who never had it. I have learned what a unique trait this is and to embrace it. Use that height advantage — it is a blessing. When everyone else is scrambling to gain attention, we have it as soon as we walk through a door. Presence is no small gift. We must harness it.
Size: 4×6 postcard set
Photo Finish: Semi gloss