My very first concert was at the Hollywood Palladium in 1996. I was thirteen. I remember waiting in line with my crappy, little disposable camera and being super excited about my evening. It was after that night that I made a connection. Falling in love with live music and photography, my life as a photographer officially began.
The anticipation of returning to the photo lab to see if my prints “came out,” was always a thrill. Being pretty young, I had a few good photos under my belt. I needed to find a way to “publicize” myself. That’s where I met Sheri from All-Ages Magazine, (a total DIY zine in Orange County) and my journey began. I began photographing concerts, anywhere I could squeeze in, I was slowly establishing a name for myself. I made connections with club owners, managers, musicians, etc. I was eventually asked to cover a few shows on my own; everything was falling into place...
I was 16 years old when I stumbled upon my first professional photo “gig.” I was asked to cover the 1999 Vans' Warped Tour at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for SLAMM Magazine. I had met Kevin Hellman (SLAMM’s editor) at a concert prior to this. We exchanged information and my photos ended up in print about a month later for the first time. I was hooked.
Fast forward to present moment… I’ve always had a “go for it” mentality. The worst that can happen is that people can say 'no,' but on one particular summer day of 2013 I received an e-mail to attend an interview for Getty Images. I was floored. This was my dream job, and I’ve been working there since June 2013. It’s been one wild ride, and I wouldn’t change it for anything on this planet. They always say, “Find a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life...."