BALTIMORE, MD—July 11, 2019—It took more than a decade to get to this point.
When I was just six years old, my parents bought me a camera.
And at age seven, I decided to become a photographer.
That’s when I learned that photography is one of the most important skills you can learn, and I had to work with the world’s best photographers to make it happen.
It was a learning curve for all of us, and it made me want to keep pursuing photography even as I grew up.
After graduating from Harvard University with a photography degree in 2014, I was selected to take a photography internship at a major American company, and by the time I arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, it was all I wanted to do.
I took photos of everything, including my family.
I shot their weddings, birthdays, and holidays.
I even took a picture of a friend’s son, who was born just before he was killed by police.
In Baltimore, I became a photographer’s assistant.
I had the chance to do everything a photographer does in life: photograph the people I love, be the focus of their attention, and share my photography with the rest of the world.
I’m so grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way over the years.
As an aspiring photographer, it’s always been my dream to be on the cover of The New York Times, to have my work featured on The New Yorker, and to have a photo of myself in a fashion magazine come to life.
My career in photography is still growing.
I’ve been fortunate to work on projects like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 and the upcoming film, The Hunger Girls.
I also shot an incredible photo set for the New York Red Bulls II home opener game, capturing the moment as it happened.
I love taking photos of all the amazing things Baltimore has to offer.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a very lucky person.