When I was 8 years old my little brother was born, and I started taking photographs.
Because of our age gap, photography was a realistic way for us to connect that didn't require us to have much in common, other than being in the same room. Now, as a portrait and documentary photographer, it's that same connection that I'm recreating each time I take someone's portrait. I want to get to know them. I care about telling people's stories, the way they want them to be told.
Taking photos of my brother starting at such an early age helped me develop my photographic approach to photography. He moved fast, and wasn't interested in what I was trying to create. I was able to quickly let go of any specific photographic intentions, and embrace the beauty of capturing the moment in its purity and realness.
What's important to me is simply a moment in the life of my subject. It is not forced or artificial. I want to show my subject truly. I enjoy capturing vulnerability, honesty, tension, movement, and emotion.
Ultimately, it's about letting people continue to be themselves, and not stopping the moment, but letting it flow on, and being adaptable to it. I only want to capture what is actually happening, and in doing that, take a true portrait.