Moved to NYC / by Kelly Kirlin

Working in the West Village, I assisted as much as possible and learned the photo industry from a highly professional level. I worked in an equipment room, set up and took down shoots, shot model tests and more, to get the hands-on industry experience I craved.

One of the most amazing moments from my time in NYC was getting to meet Howard Schatz — my absolute idol in the underwater photography world! I was giving a lecture at a Tribeca gallery, and he sat in the front row. I was scared out of my mind, but afterward we ended up doing a print exchange. Now I have an original of his hanging in my house, and he has one of mine.