How did you get into this because you were shooting snowboarding at first? How did you decide to make the switch?
I moved to London because there wasn’t really any money in shooting snowboarding and I didn’t have a visa to shoot in the U.S. I was 23 when I started shooting snowboarding and I didn’t want to go back to living in the French Alps, which I had done before. If you stay there too long and you don’t have a legit job, you end up being that person that stays in a resort lifestyle too long.
My dad put a bit of pressure on me as well and he was like, “Look, you seem to have stumbled upon this thing that you want to do as job, but I strongly suggest you go to London and drop yourself in the deep end and learn as much as you can about it. You might as well try and make it in one of the number one places to make it rather than be a big fish in a small pond.”
I decided, reluctantly, to make the move and then years later, I’m really glad I did. Most of the photography industry in London is advertising, sports, fashion, and celebrity stuff. I guess, naturally, I was starting to be really influenced by Vanity Fair portraits and Hollywood Reporter. I just kind of ended up subconsciously going in that direction.
I shoot plenty of jobs that aren’t sexy and cool. There’s tons of work that I do that never sees the light of day. But at the end of the day, it’s still really fun to play with cameras. There is definitely filler work in between the high-profile jobs. I’m mostly happy when I’m just shooting portraits. So even if I’m shooting some corporate stuff, I still think it’s fun.