Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?
There was no defined “ah ha” moment when I KNEW I wanted to be a photographer. The moment I knew I loved photography was when that 1984 cover of National Geographic came to my door and the cover was the Afghan girl. I was drawn in. Reading National Geographic and LIFE magazines consumed all of my time. I loved the raw reality that these magazine showed through images – all the stories of people from all over the world, was mesmerizing for me. My sisters collected perfectly beautiful pictures from Vogue and Vanity Fair, I collected not-so-perfect images from my magazines.
Documenting our children’s lives is so important. What is your secret to not getting bored with your daily life?
I certainly don’t pick up my camera in my home as much as I should. I own a photography business on my own and it’s hard. When I have off time, I don’t want to be squinting behind the camera, I want to live the moment with my daughters and husband. But then, I have to push. There is ever only one time Ella will shave her armpits for the first time, only so often Adi will want to reach for my hand. My secret is the CONSTANT reminder that I’m not on my time, it’s not up to me when things come to an end. So I have to document everything, not just for me, but for them.
If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Bedtime. It’s the culmination of the craziness of the day, ending, not with a bang, but with pure serenity. No matter what happened in the day, there’s a promise of a new one, but not before we gather ourselves with our kids, spend the last few moments together before lights out, and close our eyes. No matter how old my kids get, bedtime will always be my favorite time.
Personally I find more inspiration from things outside of photography. Where do you find inspiration most?
We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?
This happens to me – a lot. More than I care to admit. Very rarely do I give into these blocks and remove all things photography from my life. Even if for a day – I just can’t do it. As nerdy as it sounds, I think of something I’ve always wanted to learn about photography, or a photographer I heard about, and I sit at my computer and start googling and YouTubing away. If I don’t want to shoot, I’m going to learn something online. This always gives me the kick in the pants I need.
Who in your life inspires your art the most?
What inspires you more - light or movement?
Documentary and lifestyle photography are different to some. How would you define them?
Would you rather continue with your life or restart it?
Would you rather reverse one decision you make every day or be able to stop time for 10 seconds every day?
Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?
Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?
Would you rather lose the ability to use GPS for the rest of your life or lose the ability to use a debit or credit card?
Would you rather have eyes that can film everything or ears that can record everything?
Would you rather have unlimited storage space on your iPhone or unlimited storage space in real-life?
Would you rather walk the Great Wall of China or Amazon River?
Great Wall of China – hands down.
Would you rather win an Academy Award or an Olympic Gold Medal?
Would you rather be fabulously famous and poor or unknown and rich?
Unknown and rich – I don’t care who knows me if I don’t have to worry about my kids university fees!