Where are you located/based out of? : Houston, Texas

Where did your inspiration for photography begin? : I started off with a fashion blog in college and it grew from there. I used my friends as models and did the hair, makeup and styling myself. As the blog began to grow, people slowly started asking me to take their grad photos and take photos for events on campus. It was then that I discovered I could possibly make a living from this!

How would you describe your photography style? : I would describe my style as capturing the Beauty of People and Diversity with a high fashion, editorial or couture flair.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?: I am completely self taught! Although YouTube is a big life saver, so many tutorials and FREE help on there.

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or your business?: The biggest lesson I've learned is that there's always going to be someone who doesn't believe in your worth. Don't EVER let that someone be you. Always believe in yourself, NO MATTER WHAT!

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?: Find your why. Why do you want to do photography? Why do you want to be successful in it? Knowing your why will be the most crucial thing when thoughts of doubt creep in or you feel like giving up. Your why will keep you going, keep you motivated. If you don't have a why to come back to, any step back, mistake or failure can discourage you from pursuing your photography.

What’s the best advice you would give the YOU of last year?: The best advice I would give myself of last year is to take care of yourself first. I made the biggest mistake of putting my business first. When you take care of yourself, you're able to be more productive, work harder and most importantly, be happy!

What would be your dream photography assignment/client to work with and why?:My ABSOLUTE dream would be to work with Vogue. I get so much inspiration from them and it would absolutely terrify me to be able to work with them. I would cry, be excited, faint a couple of times, pinch myself repeatedly to make sure its real and be super scared all at the same time. But hey, if your dreams don't terrify you or make you cry, they're not big enough.

Do you feel like you’ve mastered the work/life balance?: NO absolutely not, I'm just like everyone else, trying to figure it out as I go. I don't have it together and never want to appear like I do. I give all honor and glory to God, that I'm in a position where I have flexible hours and I'm my own boss. I prioritize my faith, myself, my family and my business in that order!