5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me...

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I've received a few messages lately asking how I got started with photography and about me in general, so I thought I'd share a few fun, random facts about myself. Enjoy!

1. I received a bachelors degree in... English Literature and French! I've been a writer for as long as I've been a photographer, and for me one craft actually supports the other. I wake up wanting to tell stories visually and with words, and often times the things I want to photograph come from a story I've written in my journal or my head.

2. I know how to say "Thank You" in 25 different languages. I started making the effort when I was 24 years old, living in Chicago after a bad break-up. I met so many interesting people that way, asking how to say thank you in their language, and learning so much about the geography of the world from conversations alone. There's a certain level of respect that I wanted to achieve with foreign people I interacted with, and that desire probably comes from fact #3...

3. My mother is an immigrant from Thailand, and my dad is 2nd generation Norweigan. We are all very close with our family in their respective countries. It is one of the things I am most proud of in my life. I learned my work ethic from my parents, but especially my mother. I learned to love language because as a child growing up in Texas with a mother whose first language was not English, I often became a translator for her. I learned how to be American for both of us, navigating the culture of this country that differs so greatly from where my mother came from. 30 years later however, she probably knows more pop culture references than I do. 

4. I've lived in three countries four cities: Rennes, Paris, Chiang Mai, ChicagoAustin, San Francisco and currently, New York City. If there's anything I've learned at 31, it is that geography and home is a fluid concept; home is where the your people are. And a good bookshop.

5. I'm an extroverted introvert. There's a reason I'm behind the camera. I like to go to movies alone, I like to travel alone, and even when I've been in relationships I tend to have dinners alone. There is something soothing about solitude, but when I'm out with friends I'm also committed to having fun with people I love and have found myself at 2am singing karaoke in Alphabet City. Balance is key!

Is there anything you'd like to know? Photography questions? Leave comments below!