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
1 National Gold Key in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
1 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