Snapdragon Spotlight: Ryan Nabulsi, our new assistant!

June 19, 2010

For those of you who know and love my assistant, Ariel, I am sad to say she is moving back to Virginia to continue her photography education there.  But I am excited to announce my new assistant, Ryan Nabulsi!  Ryan and I met last month when he was doing the video for my Art Relish interview.  He so nicely cropped out my big pregnancy belly from the video – it was love at first sight!

SD: So Ryan, welcome to the team!

RN: Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be part of an amazing gallery and studio!

SD: Tell us a little about yourself.

RN: I’m all over the place with my interests from hiking and camping to kids’ cartoons (I know more than anyone over the age of 10 should know about cartoons), but photography has been a constant fixation. I loved taking photographs but never thought it would be more than a hobby.  I took photography classes at my undergraduate, Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where I studied philosophy and political science.  I thought I was going to become a lawyer, but a chance trip to Japan at the end of my undergraduate career in 2006 changed my mind.  I was able to travel and photograph all over Japan and came back dedicated to making my love for photography into my career.  I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with an M.F.A. in Photography in 2009 and have been teaching photography at The Showcase School of Photography ever since.  I’ve been freelancing around Atlanta all the while searching for a professional studio or gallery to work in.  I feel very fortunate to have this chance to work with you.

SD: I had no idea about the cartoons!  And here I was, thinking you would have to study Dora and Sponge Bob to get in with the kids.  Wow.  So, aside from your peppy personality, scruffy teddy bear looks and cartoon knowledge, what do you think you bring to Snapdragon?

RN: Lots of photography experience.  My shelves are filled with all types of cameras, film, and other photographic tools.  Plus, an extra set of eyes and hands to help around the gallery and studio to give you more flexibility.

SD: And can you tell us one of the many ways you think being a part of Snapdragon Photography (and the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, of course) will totally change your life?

RN: It will be great to finally be a part of a professional studio and gallery.  I have a lot of education, technical skill and energy, but have been mainly working freelance.  I know that this opportunity will totally transform how I understand photography, both as a job and as fine art.

SD: Yes, brace yourself for total transformation.  But seriously, we are thrilled to have you and are excited for you to officially start with us next week.


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