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Nam-Chi Van – Photographer

Nam-Chi Van is a skate & lifestyle photographer who turns dreams into reality.  So of course she had to be in the series of girls who photograph skater girls.

SF:  How/when did you start photographing skateboarding? Do you skateboard?

Name-Chi:  I used to shoot my friends at the local skate park and town skate spots when I was in high school, but I didn’t get serious about it until about three years ago. I’ve been skating for almost 20 years, so I started shooting skaters after I started skating.


and when she says serious – she means it, she shoots at places like


SF:  How did you get involved with shooting skater girls?

Nam-Chi:  In college, I saved up enough money to buy my dream camera set up to become a skate filmer. I didn’t have much of a skate crew and realized quickly that I needed to find skaters to film. When I moved to the Bay Area (4 years ago), I sent out my info to a bunch of random skate companies, basically asking them to let me shoot for them. No responses… so I kind of gave up trying to shoot skaters.

However, I still wanted to do something with the camera I invested in, so I started Moshlounge, an online music publication, which gave me the opportunity to take photos of all of my favorite bands.

Six months later, Kim Woo, founder of Mahfia, sent me an email saying that she’s been following my work and was interested in talking to me about my photography and skateboarding. Shortly after, she invited me to shoot women skateboarding at the Summer X-Games in Austin! I obviously accepted the offer and it’s been history ever since.


SF:  How has girls skateboarding changed since you started shooting?

I would say that Women’s skateboarding has progressed quite a bit since I started shooting. There are now more competitions that include a division for women. Street League is a good example of one that now includes women in their tour series. The more contests there are, the more exposure we get, which inspires more girls to get out there and skate. I definitely see more girls skating than when I was a kid; it’s pretty rad.


Mariah Duran


Samarria Brevard


Leticia Bufoni

SF:  What’s your favorite type of shooting – for example street/bowl/vert/long boarding ???

Nam-Chi:  Street is definitely my favorite. I grew up as a street skater, so it’s more aligned with my style. I also love taking portraits and lifestyle photos because I enjoy capturing moments from my perspective.


Vanessa Torres

SF:  What’s different about shooting skateboarding then other photography?

Nam-Chi:  Shooting skateboarding is a big adrenaline rush. You feed off of the skater’s energy and you also need to know the skater that you’re shooting. A bunch of things come into play, like the skater’s stance, style, trick that they’re doing, and the obstacle that they’re skating. You have to be ready to capture them in mid-trick and ready to move out the way in case their board comes flying at you. It’s pretty damn fun.


Lizzie Armanto

SF:  Where can people see your work?

Nam-Chi:  I’m always posting photos on my instagram (@namchivan). I also have a portfolio website, namchivan.com, but I haven’t updated it in a while so there’s actually no skateboarding on it… hah. You can also check out photos from all of the events I’ve shot on Mahfia.tv.


Allysha Le

SF:  What do you think of all the press girls’ skateboarding is getting? I think all press is good – but I want to be a journalist. And every fashionista has a subscription to Vogue. I was beyond excited when I saw Amelia shoot a prom dress campaign and then the pictures & videos got covered in magazines.   And those long board girls in the Red Hot Chili Pepper video – loved it & totally inspired me to keep skating. But is that press bad for competitive female skateboarding?

Nam-Chi:  I think that most press is good press and great exposure for the women’s skate scene. If someone wants to skate in a prom dress, do it! You go girl!

SF:  Did/do you have role models or people/organizations that continue to encourage and support your photography?

Nam-Chi:  Mahfia.tv and the WSA (Women’s Skateboarding Alliance) have always supported me 100% of the way.

SF:  Anything you want to share about why girls shooting girls skateboarding benefits the skateboarding sport & builds self-confidence & opportunities for girls.

Nam-Chi:  Skateboarding has always been a male dominant sport, which makes it intimidating for any girl to want to get involved.

I kind of view the women’s skate scene as it’s own industry because we’re the ones creating our own media, content, and even companies relating to women’s skateboarding.

The more women that are out there skating, shooting, filming, etc. will encourage more women to do the same thing. It’s just going to keep growing and progressing.

Thanks Nam-Chi.  I especially love how you shared that your first plan of contacting skate companies didn’t work out but you didn’t give up on photography you went and created Moshlounge.  And as it was meant to be you ended up shooting skateboarding after all!

Plus thanks for these behind the scene Oslo pictures.

oslo-vanessa-torres-namchi-van-2 oslo-namchi-van-2

and this one behind the scenes at X-Games






Monique O’Toole – Filmer

Monique is a filmer.  I wanted to include her in the series of girls who photograph girls skateboarding because to me the importance of pictures and videos is that seeing is believing.


pictures in this post by Zorah or from IG with link if you click on them

Because of Monique’s work the world sees that #girlscanskate.  Her latest project is the first full length girls skateboarding film to be produced in the US in over a decade – Quit Your Day Job.  Which I’ve blogged about before and am thrilled to say exceeded its Indie Go Go Campaign!

Here’s my interview with Monique

SF:  How/when did you start filming skateboarding?  Do you skateboard?   If so was it before or after you started filming skaters?

Monique:  I started filming about a year and a half ago, when Erik Sandoval offered to teach me, while making a video together. What was supposed to be a Meow promo edit, became a full length all-girls video.

Yes, I started skating with the boys back in 1995 when I was 14.


SF:  How did you get involved with filming skater girls?

Monique:  I already knew a bunch of girls that I had met through my long time friend- Lisa Whitaker, but never thought I’d be filming any of them, especially the pros.

Mimi Knoop gave me the opportunity to shoot photos and film at the US Open and XGames, even though I didn’t know what I was doing, and was only shooting for myself – just for fun. Then I met Erik, and everything changed.


SF:  How has girls skateboarding changed since you started filming?

Monique:  I’ve witnessed a lot of changes over the last year and a half!

I encouraged Savannah Headden to come out to L.A, and she ended up never going back to Virginia Beach. She went from only having a shop sponsor, (a lame “cool guy” shop that didn’t realize her value) to picking up legit company sponsors that fully back her. (Meow, Etnies, & Cloud 9 Grip) Not to mention, she filmed her first video part with us, and earned a spot as an alternate at the XGames.

Candy Jacobs also filmed her first street part, earned her spot back, and her career has been taking off!

Girls got added to Street League last year, which is huge! Mariah went from an SLS alternate, to a competitor this year.

Samarria and Alana became pro, and Vanessa started filming again after a 10+ year dry spell. She’s been killing it!! She just turned 30, and is better than she’s ever been!

I’ve watched all these girls progress, and the bar go up. More companies and/or networks are taking interest in these girls, and opportunities have been popping up left and right. Things are changing. This is only the beginning!

Also, our industry has grown significantly! Meow and Hoopla have grown a lot this past year, which allowed them to add more girls to their rosters.


SF:  What’s your favorite type of shooting –  for example street/bowl/vert/long boarding ???

Monique:  Street is my favorite for sure, but I also love filming the bowl and vert girls!

I always look forward to filming park, and street contests with Erik for Mahfia! Erik and I began filming bowl and vert for our video, which has been fun! We recently filmed at the Prince Park bowl with Mimi Knoop, Nicole Hause, Izy Mutu, Shanae Collins, and Fabiana Delfino. We also filmed with Hanna Zanzi at the Volcom park bowl.

Our video is mostly street, but we HAD to add vert and bowl! I can’t say I’ve filmed any long boarding, but I’m open to it!


SF:  Where do you like to film – for example locations/parks/events/contests ???

Monique:  9 times out of 10, we’re filming in the streets of L.A, but sometimes we’ll take day trips to the I.E. and San Diego.

We’ve also taken quite a few road trips to San Francisco, and one to Phoenix and Albuquerque. On a typical day, we usually get the girls warmed up at either Lincoln Plaza or Marsh Park before hitting the first street spot.

When it comes to events, and contests, Erik and I travel to cover as much of them as possible for Mahfia! I always look forward to XGames, US Open, and Wheels of Fortune in particular – but they’re all fun!


SF:  What’s different about filming skateboarding than other filming?

Monique:  In my opinion, it’s definitely more thrilling than shooting portraits, landscaping, etc. or filming boring stuff like soap operas, or theater. Ha!

Action sports keep you on your toes. Never a dull moment!


SF:  Where can people see your work?

Monique:  Mahfia TV! Almost all the skate edits from January of this year,  to present, were shot by Erik and/or I.

I also have some photos on the Meow site.

Monique’s IG and Quit Your Day Job IG

SF:  What do you think of all the press girls’ skateboarding is getting?  I think all press is good – but I want to be a journalist.  And every fashionista has a subscription to Vogue.  I was beyond excited when I saw Amelia shoot a prom dress campaign and then the pictures & videos got covered in magazines. And those long board girls in the Red Hot Chili Pepper video – loved it & totally inspired me to keep skating.  But is that press bad for competitive female skateboarding?

Monique:  I have to agree with you! All press is good, and I think it’s great that we have two different girl scenes within our subculture. It’s definitely needed. The girly-girls need women like Amelia that they can relate to, so they can feel confident showing up to the skate park in spandex or a dress, and the tomboys need more masculine women to look up to, so they don’t feel ashamed of who they are.

If a girl riding a skateboard is getting press, whether she’s wearing a dress, or men’s Dickies – I’m hyped.

SF:  Did/do you have role models or people/organizations that continue to encourage and support your filming?

Yes! Absolutely! Lisa Whitaker has been my number one role model for a very long time. She has selflessly done more for women’s skateboarding than anyone! She has some enormous shoes to fill! If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be here, and if wasn’t for Erik, I wouldn’t be shooting. That is a fact.

Getting Lisa’s approval, and encouragement early on, meant a lot to me. Once I knew she was hyped about what Erik and I were doing, it only made me want to work harder, and go a far as I could. Mimi Knoop, Kim Woozy, YuLin Olliver, Matt Gaudio, and a bunch of other people that run our industry, keep telling Erik and I that we’re “killing it.” Hearing that, makes me feel like I’m succeeding, and have a bright future ahead of me.


SF:  Anything you want to share about why girls filming girls skateboarding benefits the skateboarding sport & builds self-confidence & opportunities for girls.

Well, I can’t speak for every girl, but I know a lot of them feel more comfortable filming with a girl, because it’s a lot less pressure. Sometimes the guys can push too hard, and then it’s just not fun anymore.

My method is to encourage, not pressure. This is what they appreciate about Erik as well. I also think most guys just don’t have enough time to dedicate to the girls anyway.

At first, it was hard to believe that only two of  them had a filmer. Lacey and Mariah were the only ones that had put out street parts. The rest never really filmed street before, and had no means to film a part. I couldn’t believe it! Like I mentioned earlier, opportunities have been popping up, and their parts haven’t even officially dropped yet. I’m hoping doors continue to open for them. They all deserve the best for their hard work and dedication!


Thanks Monique.  I can’t wait to see Quit Your Day Job.

I think you made so many wonderful points.  The importance of having people encourage you is priceless.  Having a person take their time to help you in an area they already excel in is  motivating.  I’m also motivated by how your love of skateboarding turned into a fabulous filming career.

Give a girl a board and you’ll never know where it will take her.  My board took me to blogging – where is your skateboard taking you?  The self-confidence you learn from skateboarding can & does help you in life.















Chantal Garcia – Photographer

My December 7, 2015 post was on Babes Brigade – Toronto Skater Girls – Launch Monday Girls Night.  They are going strong and I’ve met so many rad skater girls through them.  One is both a skater and photographer, Chantal Garcia.  This is what she had to say about being a skater girl and a photographer of women’s skateboarding.
SF:  How/when did you start photographing skateboarding?  Do you skateboard?   If so was it before or after you started shooting skaters?

Chantal:  I started shooting skateboarding when I began skating with the Babes Brigade Women’s Skateboarding group here in Toronto. That would have been about one year ago.
I’ve always been a photographer and a skater but since I used to skate on my own I never had an opportunity to shoot the act of skateboarding. The very first Babes Brigade meet up I brought my camera and ended up with so many great shots. From that point, I made sure to get myself a good wide angel lens and a flash and the rest is history.

@wallis.york – Ollie off the snake
SF:  How did you get involved with shooting skater girls?
Chantal:  Referencing back to Babes Brigade (which I’m sure you’ll find a lot of my answers revolve around that) is how I started shooting female skaters.   Since I mainly skate with girls 99% of my shots and videos are of the ladies of Babes Brigade.
SF:  How has girls skateboarding changed since you started shooting?
Chantal:  It’s only been one year for me, but the number of girls skating with us on the first meet up compared to the number that skate with us now has grown so much. The scene has gotten bigger for sure.
Maddy skating on the rocks
SF:  What’s your favorite type of shooting –  for example street/bowl/vert/long boarding ???
Chantal:  Street hands down. Street skating has so many different elements going on and many variables to play with. You have everything from flatland to huge gaps and everything in between.
Plus the addition of by standards watching or getting upset is really fun to capture too. The street scene is a jungle out there, there’s so many places to explore.

Maddy skateboarding in the fall when the leaves compliment the sky
SF:  What’s different about shooting skateboarding then other photography?
Chantal:  Photographing skateboarding (to me) is an amazing thrill. I don’t think it’s for everyone. Being a skater is necessary to shoot it I believe. You have to know what moment to capture, the peak of the trick, the angle that will look best and show the intensity and technicality the skater is going for. Anyone can hold their shutter button down and snap 15 photos, but its not just about that.
Anna kick flip at Ryerson Pond

SF:  Where can people see your work?
Chantal:  You can find my work on Instagram (@chantaldgarcia) my website (www.chantaldgarcia.ca) and on any of the Babes Brigade media outlets (IG @babes_Brigade) (FB Babes Brigade Women’s Skateboarding)
Maybe one day soon I’ll be able to say Thrasher Magazine. (Fingers Crossed)

SF:   What do you think of all the press girls’ skateboarding is getting?  I think all press is good – but I want to be a journalist.  And every fashionista has a subscription to Vogue.  I was beyond excited when I saw Amelia shoot a prom dress campaign and then the pictures & videos got covered in magazines.   And those long board girls in the Red Hot Chili Pepper video – loved it & totally inspired me to keep skating.  But is that press bad for competitive female skateboarding?
Chantal:  I think women skateboarding in press is in anyway a good thing. But there’s a lot of controversy going on about how feminine the women are being portrayed and how feminine they actually want to be and I think that’s a topic all on its own. 

SF:  Did/do you have role models or people/organizations that continue to encourage and support your photography?
I shoot the girls in Babes Brigade because I skate with them every day and it’s a really fun thing to do. I really like how those groups I referenced before are having so much fun in their photos and in their videos.
It’s not always about getting the clip or the shot, it’s about having fun. You can see that in their social media presence and that inspires me to get out and skate, the photos are just what comes after.

SF:  Anything you want to share about why girls shooting girls skateboarding benefits the skateboarding sport & builds self-confidence & opportunities for girls.

Chantal: Women are always going to support other women and I think having a woman photographer shooting a female skater is just the ultimate combination.

Men and women often see things differently and to change the perspective to a women’s is always going to be interesting because the photo/skate industry is so male dominated. You stick two powerful women together who are passionate and driven for skateboarding and amazing things will happen.

While I was editing this post, Chantal posted this on her IG

When you meet a little dude at the skatepark and he asks you to take his photo and then tells you that you need to come back to his park sometime, but only after he gets out of daycare.

 I love the picture, what he had to say, and that Chantal took the time.
I also love that his image of skateboarding – is that everyone can skate because at his park he sees all these girls from Babes Brigade.
thanks Chantal and thanks @cameralady_ for this picture of her skateboarding – it’s always a challenge finding the photos of the photographers
below Paul Rodriguez shot by Chantal at the Primitive Demo

There is no gender bias in skateboarding. We must work harder to achieve gender equality. Start with being inclusive and giving opportunities to girls to shine.  – skateboarders for hope

 Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board.






Lori Weinstein – Photographer

LA Girls Skate Sesh – the Sesh on 9/24

LA Girls Skate Sesh is a group of girl skaters in LA who welcome all girls to skate together & have fun.

Since starting at the end of March, they aim for “every other week seshes so that females have an opportunity to meet other female skaters!  Get trick tips, get to know each other and eventually go out and skate together! “

Their 9/24 sesh at Westchester was their latest and here’s some rad shots shared from the day


Before we get to the action shots – here’s one of getting ready.  We don’t all wear helmets when skateboarding, but is a good idea to wear  one.  And wait is that a necklace I spy?

Yes – each girl that came out received a Dogeared necklace from Dogeared.  They started over 25 years ago & are still handcrafted in the USA.  Dogeared believes good things happen.  How appropriate that the skater girls supporting each other have a necklace to remind them of this day & that skateboarding is about fun.

Now on to the action because this squad shows #girlscanskate


First up 3 photos by Ian Logan posted originally on the Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word site.  Why start with Ian’s photos because 9/24 was his birthday and he spent part of the day by encouraging girls to skate.  Here’s to everyone wishing Ian the best year yet.

Picture 1     @saltrags team rider @vianezsk8 –  I love the tights

Picture 2      @brielsk8grl – you know I’m “age is just a number” but it is rad she’s 5 and doing 5 stairs

Picture 3      @hannah.tallman – in the air & Cindy OG Pro Vert Skater, stylist, founder GN4LW and I think girl who shoots rad photos of girls skateboarding – she’s very humble about her photos, but I say she definitely shows girls they can be rad skate photographers too

Cindy’s photo of @noaliavelez77


Three more from Ian – of some of the girls who did the 3 stair contest –  I really hope they got him cake


Picture 1      @skater._.leah

Picture 2     @ali_stevens

Picture 3      @wakebake_skatecreate aka Jazzmen, co-founder LA Girls Skate Sesh

Now a few from Heidi Lemmon IG


Picture 1   Cindy and Jazzmen aka @wakebake_skatecreate who does tons of work to make LA Girls Skate Sesh happen

Picture 2     @brielsk8grl

Picture 3     @hannah.tallman

Do you have more photos?  There’s always room for more.  I love blogging because it’s easy to edit.  And I love tons of pictures – because I want to see more & more girls skateboarding because that’s what gets even more girls skateboarding.

And if you’re out there wanting to drive me to LA for these events – who ever you are, let me know!!!









Harmony Thompson – Photographer

When I started on this series of posts – Girls Who Shoot Girls Skateboarding – I wanted to include girls who shoot long boarders.  So I reached out to my friend Candy Dungan aka candybombing and that’s how I met Harmony.

TBH I haven’t met Candy or Harmony in person.  To me it’s part of the beauty of being a blogger and a skateboarder – you meet people all around the world.

Each of the photographers got to choose how their blog post would go – here’s Harmony’s story.

My name is Harmony Thompson and I am a skateboarder, film maker, photographer, tattoo artist and musician from Vancouver BC.


Harmony skating with Kady in a photo by Simon Lee

I started skateboarding a few years ago when I met a longboarder girl, Charlie.   She hooked me up with my first downhill board and inspired me to face my fears of falling and to just skate for the love of skating.  She also taught me how to fall safely, so I could feel more confident trying new and scarier things.   Since then I have fallen in love with all forms of skateboarding but mainly bowl, downhill and street.

As a photographer it seemed natural that eventually I would take pictures of the people around me and the things I had been experiencing, but I never thought I would end up with photos I had taken for fun published in one of my favorite magazines!

After separating my shoulder at Maryhill,  I was super bummed out that I couldn’t enter my first race at Danger Bay (I was even registered!) so I decided to just go for fun and shoot pictures of my friends who were racing that day.

I ended up taking this really cool picture of my two good friends (Kady and Bhakti) who were practically holding hands through carnage corner. Later after sharing the pictures on facebook I was contacted by a girl named Candy from Concrete Wave,  who wanted to use the pictures I took of them in a little write up about girls in longboarding.


I was stoked that my first paid and published photography gig was from shooting pictures of my friends at an amazing event AND I got to tell them they were going to be in the 15th anniversary edition of concrete wave!

I remember Kady sharing a post of that picture with a caption something around the lines of  “whats better than a picture of 2 rad skater girls? one that was taken by another rad skater girl!” It was super cool to see how positively it impacted my friends, we were all rushing to get as many copies as we could! Suddenly I didn’t feel so bad about my injury and I was super stoked that I was able to capture that moment for them! 


On another note Id like to give a little shout out to Chick Flip and the Skate Witches who taught me how to drop in and got me into the world of street skating as well as the Vancouver Ladyboarders (which is run by the lovely ladies in those pictures up there!) who continuously spread the stoke with everyone they come in contact with! It is so amazing to see all the support that is becoming available for female skaters and I think it can actually be really inspiring for a lot of the guys out there too! Keep on shredding!


Harmony photo by Colin Buckley

If you are interested in seeing the random photography, videos, art or music that I create or if you just want to talk or skate or whatever, you can find me at facebook.com/soradsoharmony or youtube.com/soradsoharmony (pretty much anywhere at SoRadSoHarmony)

I am always stoked to meet more rad girls or people of any gender who want to skate and/or create in any way! So if you see me around or find me on the internet don’t be shy to say hi or send me a message!
Much Love!
Harmony ~









Gale Webb – Photographer

Being a photographer is just one of the many things that Gale Webb does.  I’m writing this post as part of the series on “girls who shoot girls skateboarding”.  Yes I love Gale’s photos but what I really admire about her is that she does and experiences so much.  No one puts a “label” on Gale.


Above, she’s been written about and profiled in magazines.  Which I love because “seeing is believing” so when girls see Gale in action they start to believe they could try that too.  She skateboards, races motor cross, snowboards, and in-line skates.

She competed in the USASA – United States Snowboard Association for over 5 years.  She competed in Half Pipe, Down Hill Slalom, & Boardercross.

She describes herself as a bit wild, with a need to go fast!  She says, “Sports always makes me feel whole and my biggest pleasure is helping others.”

Below, she draws a crowd and proves that skateboarding isn’t just for “kids”.


I found out that Gale skated in her 40’s after a near death skydiving accident.  She took a horrible event and turned it into the positive message of “never give up”.  And TBH it would be pretty easy to give up if you broke your neck & back plus had doctor’s telling you “you’d never lead a normal life”.

Gale also responded to the death of a close friend from a drug overdose with positive action.  She couldn’t bring her friend back but she does help others from not going there.  To find out why she’s called America’s Sports Mom check out her  http://galewebb.com/ site.



To find out more about Gale’s photography check out her http://www.galewebbphotos.com/ site.  Yes you’ll see amazing pictures of why she’s in the “girls who shoot girls skateboarding”.


Be sure to check out sections like All Girl SK8-Board Jam and EXPOSURE A Womens Sk8 Event.


You can also check Gale’s photos out on her IG.  Plus see pictures of Gale with some of her many friends.


Thank you Gale for sharing your talents with the world & inspiring everyone to “never give up”!

I plan on seeing Gale at EXPOSURE Skate – 11/5 at the Encinitas Community Park – look for the pink shoe laces & camera so you can find her too!









Zorah Quattlebaum – photographer

Pictures are worth 1000 words. Pictures tell a story and it’s through stories that people learn, remember, and believe.

My blog is based on more girls skateboarding when they see girls skateboarding. I thought if people could see all kinds of girls, all around the world, on all types of boards, and at all skill levels they’d believe #girlscanskate.

In the two years I’ve been blogging I’ve found more girls skating then I ever could have imagined, in places I’d never heard of, and using skating to create positive change.

For the blog’s 2nd anniversary I wanted to celebrate some of the photographers who make these pictures possible. I love & appreciate all the people out there taking & sharing skate photos – so know that in addition to the photographers featured there are many more out there who tell the story of #girlscanskate.

Plus I wanted to put an end to the myth that gender plays a role in photography, so this series features female skate photographers.

Each post will share some of the photographer’s favorite photos. Why they choose to shoot girl’s skateboarding. And where you can find more of their work.

This is the first post and it’s with the amazing Zorah Quattlebaum.


Each photographer chose which questions to answer and what photos they wanted to share.

SF:  How/when did you start photographing skateboarding? Do you skateboard?

Zorah:  I started photographing myself skateboarding when I was about 12 up until I turned 16, I would set my little point and shoot camera on the opposite side of my mini ramp and time my tricks based on the 10 second count down setting.

I picked up my first skateboard when I was 10 years old. I was constantly watching skating videos and reading Thrasher magazine religiously, so I would study how tricks were meant to look, I lived and breathed skateboarding.

The summer I turned 16, I signed up for the photography program at Woodward East. I was a regular at Woodward, returning to the skating program every summer since I was 10 but I remember seeing fellow campers walking around camp with cameras and immediately went down to the office to switch programs. During my week as a photo camper, my instructors introduced me to professional skateboarders like Sean Malto and Mike Mo. They both took time to sit for portraits while my instructor was giving me hands on instruction with interacting with professionals as well as teaching me about the flashes we were using at the time. After my week as a photo camper, I was offered a 2 week internship in the photo department. I returned as a photo intern for the next 3 years.

I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from the Digital Media department at Woodward.

SF:  How did you get involved with shooting skater girls?

Zorah:  I started shooting photos of my best friend Charlotte Tegen after that first summer as a photo intern, I met Charlotte that same summer at Woodward. I would take weekend trips to NYC to visit her and we could skate around the city and shoot photos together.



Charlotte moved to Baltimore about 2 years ago for school, we go out skating/shooting multiple times a week. I encourage her to try tricks she’s never tried before and we always get a killer shot at the end of our session.
Back in the fall of 2015, I sent out emails requesting information about  summer internships from multiple companies, including MAHFIA.TV . A few months passed until I finally received a response, the one and only response I received was from Kim Woozy, founder of MAHFIA. We had a phone meeting the next day and she told me she checked out my website and loved the work that I was doing and extended an invitation to Wheels of Fortune in Seattle and X Games in Austin to be the primary photographer for both Women’s skate events!


Alexis Sablone X Games Austin 2016

It was a dream come true, honestly. I was able to meet and work side by side with my favorite female skaters, women whom I looked up to since I was a kid. It’s such an honor to call them my friends now, all of them are unique in their own way and absolutely kill it. I look forward to working with all of them more in the upcoming months as I relocate myself to Los Angeles from Baltimore, Maryland.

SF:  Did/do you have role models or people/organizations that continue to encourage and support your photography?

Zorah:  Of course I have to give credit to my parents first, they always supported my photography and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I was born into a family of artists and photographers, I played with cameras instead of toys most of the time as a kid!

Now as an adult, I’m beyond thankful for the support I’ve received from the MAHFIA.TV and WSA family! Kim Woozy, Mimi Knoop, and the enormous crew of pro girls that encourage and support me more than I could ever imagine! We all have such bright futures ahead of us and I’m so honored to be a part of the female skating revolution! Big things are coming, we can all feel it!


Mariah Duran X Games Austin 2016

SF:  Where can people see your work?

Zorah:  You can find my work on my website (www.zoraholivia.com), my instagram (ZorahOlivia), and MAHFIA.TV! I’m always looking for girls to shoot photos of, don’t be afraid to reach out!


Jordyn Barrett X Games Austin 2016

Life is about connecting with others so we can learn ad grow from each other, let’s shoot some photos and make memories!

Thanks Zorah can’t wait till you move to LA & I get to meet you in person.


Zorah – it’s hard finding photographs of the photgraphers – at Element Skate Camp summer 2016

This was just the first post on girls out there shooting girls skateboarding because #girlscanskate – girls are unstoppable especially when they support & lift each other up.