I make portraits as an homage to someone. Portraiture can easily become exploitation, so one must have a positive motivation. Moreover, a single image can never fully portray the complexity of an individual. The people pictured here are my friends, family, teachers and sangha. The biggest challenge in portraiture is to invite the subject to relax and be genuine and vulnerable by endeavoring to embody those qualities myself. In a certain sense every posed portrait is a collaboration. These were the times I got lucky.