Last night I was invited to attend the grand opening of Art Miami and Photo Miami (art-miami.com) with an my art dealer BFF. Art Miami is the city's longest-running contemporary art fair and showcases a wide variety of art from over 100 leading international art galleries. As a former art historian, I am truly moved by being around these incredible collections, and meeting the artists, gallery owners and collectors. What a fantastic experience....
I took my point-and-shoot camera along so I wouldn't forget some of my favorite pieces. I think I loved this Vincent Van Gogh of thread spools the most.
Where do you get inspired?
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.