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Tell us a little about yourself.

This all happened by accident. I was well on my way to being an audio engineer when Napster, Kazaa, and Limewire ruined the budgets of the record industry. Music studios were closing all over the place; at the time it really felt like the city was collapsing around us. I always loved taking pictures and photoshop came really naturally to me because of my experience with Protools. A career in retouching and assisting led to photography gigs and here we are.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Manhattan, and have lived in Brooklyn for the past 9 years. In my 20s I had brief breaks in Paris, Tel Aviv and Seattle, but I’ve never lived outside of NY for more than a year and a half.

Describe yourself in three words

Energetic, creative, perfectionist.

When did you first pick up a camera?

I got my first SLR in high school, and before that I loved polaroids and throwaway point-and-shoots. The old black and white Canon throw-aways had the best contrast!

Best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

Get it in writing.

Best part of the job?

I shoot fashion and still life, so there are really two answers to that question.

On fashion shoots, there’s always that big question of whether or not I’ll connect with the model. That tension is like a high wire act that makes it super-fun, but it can be a little stressful sometimes. The moment when we click and I can stop talking–when the model doesn’t require any direction and we’re just two partners working on our respective art forms together–that’s when it makes sense and feels really good. I know that sounds super pretentious but it seriously kicks ass!

In still life, it’s somewhat similar… I’m very hands-on with everything I do, so being able to collaborate with and trust a prop stylist is a great feeling.

Worst Part of the job?

Networking events can be a little painful at times.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Besides my photography business, I’m also producing a fashion magazine called THE DAPIFER with a couple friends so I don’t have too much spare time these days… We’ll be international in February so I’m really excited for that! Besides photography and the magazine I love to go to the movies as much as possible, and I go to concerts, sports events, and debates with my friends and family when I get a chance.

How do you like living in NYC?

If New York banned corporate chain stores and shady developers from taking over the city it would be heaven; right now we’ll just have to settle for it being the best place on Earth.

Advice for Aspiring photographers

Look at good photography as much as possible, and don’t take yourself too seriously!

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