TPL: Are there any projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about? What are some of your goals as an artist or photographer? Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
LE: I haven't started this project yet, but would love to document one of my friends running one of the ULTRA trail Marathons we compete in. They have a 27 mile, 50 mile and 100 mile distance category this coming spring of 2022. I competed in the 27 mile race this year and hope to return to document the race scheduled for 2022 . There is so much detail, emotion and grit that goes into these 100 mile races, that I would love to have the opportunity to show others what these individuals are capable of enduring.
In five years, I would love to have the ability to return to full time photography again but with the right clients that embrace realistic documentary portraiture.There are just too many individuals that are so critical of themselves that it takes the joy out of photography for me (they don't want to have wrinkles, they think they look fat, they hate their expressions...I've heard it all). So hopefully, my goal would be to help educate prospective clients on the value of documentary portrait photography with loved ones over the mainstream 'pretty' and 'perfect' portraits.