Most people that see my work are first surprised by my age— I am now 17, and I started taking photos when I was 12 as an elective. I realized I wanted to pursue photography at 13 when I won my first Scholastics National Gold Medal and was awarded a full high school scholarship at a top-ranking private school.
I was always an in-studio photographer considering it gave me the most control over everything. From the different lighting styles to the model’s body language, I could control the mood and story of an image. I even began incorporating textures and a pop of color to add more to my portraits, but it wasn’t enough; I wasn’t challenged enough.
When I started shooting environmental portraits, I recognized they told stories differently. Their surroundings revealed more of the individual’s personality while adding more depth to the image.
Soon, I experimented with street photography's unpredictability to escape my control bubble. Capturing a beautiful shot that only lasted a moment was infinitely more rewarding because it was marinated in patience and unpredictability.
Now, I’m challenging myself by creating a unified series based on personal experiences, such as my experience as a woman in Tae Kwon Do, my dysmorphic relationship with my old nose, and my infantile amnesia.
By consistently challenging myself, my portfolio now consists of a variety of photographs, each displaying its unique beauty and allowing me to express myself in different ways.
Photography in my life has evolved from curious-oriented experiments to a full-blown passion, one I’m excited to create a career out of. I plan to major in photography and minor in film production to receive a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) by 2027.
My connection to photography is deep, unbreakable, and soul-searching.
I am lucky that photography got a hold of me and I hope it never lets go.
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
Awarded Full High School Scholarship at David Posnack Jewish School – Ranked #3 Private School in
Teen contributing photographer for the fStop Foundation
American Visions Medal in the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
National Gold Key in the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
National Gold Key in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
National Silver Key in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
2021 Finalist in Sony Youth World Competition, Genre: Street Photography
9 Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Keys
12 Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Keys
9 Scholastic Art and Writing Honorable Mentions
2 Finalists in the Drexel University High School Photography Competition (2019, 2020)
Chosen Best Digital Art in the 2020 Congressional Art Competition
2 Honorable Mentions in Broward Art Guild Youth Competition (2018, 2019)
Chosen for the Courage to Create photo exhibit Sunrise Civic Center 2018
8 awards at Art Walk 2019 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4 Honorable Mentions)
To see the winning images, check out my AWARDS page