Photography really clicked for me while I was on a trip to New York with my family in 2010. My mom was just getting into it as well, and had set up a shoot for us with two ballet dancers at her friend’s studio. I was really nervous and didn’t know what to do because I didn’t prepare at all. So they just danced. Something clicked in that room where I came out of my comfort zone and found myself pouncing around with my camera, trying to capture different angles and emotions.

It was the first time I used a camera to empathize with people I hadn’t met before. The world really opened up when I left that studio and walked into the streets of New York. I felt really empowered just wandering around and observing people.

As of late, I’ve been trying to understand how I can be more purposeful with my camera, getting more involved with documentary and street photography.