1. What made you want to become a photographer?
I started taking pictures in high school, shooting friends hanging out. It very quickly developed into something more serious (shooting for the school paper and yearbook) because I wasn’t overly academic and other aspects of school didn’t interest me. At that time, I didn’t realize you could have a career being a photographer. I never made the connection that somebody got paid to shoot the photographs in magazines or on billboards. So it really started for me from a place of exploration and discovery. Once I realized you could make a living from it, game over!
2. Most memorable moment of your career?
The time I saw a piece of trash on the ground in Clinton Hill and realized it was a page out of an Urban Outfitters catalog I had shot. Haha! It was that moment that I realized how many people were actually seeing my photography!
3. If you did something different for a living, what would it be?
Professional traveler – teaching english and living in different countries all over the world.
4. Personal mantra?
Don’t have one!
5. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Up until January 1st of 2017 (when Netflix stopped airing it) my husband and I were very diligently working our way through all 9 seasons of Murder She Wrote. Netflix! How could you do that to us? Maybe my next big project will be to start a campaign to pressure Netflix to put it back on air.
6. Ideal Dinner party? Dead or Alive.
My husband, my dog Bass, and my good friends somewhere in upstate NY sitting outside around a huge table with warm glowy lights.
7. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
‘Come and Talk to Me’ by Jodeci
Photography by Peggy Gertner