Robyn Twomey has made portraits of performers, athletes, and other noteworthy figures for dozens of publications including ESPN, Forbes, Fortune, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and Wired. She dove head-first into photography as a student at George Washington University (she backed up a Liberal Arts major with a minor in Photography), but the seeds of her career as a portrait maker were planted years before, at her mother's beauty salon. She would study the women looking back at themselves in the mirrors and the faces in the predictably salonish magazines, and soon she was taking her own pictures—of herself, of friends, family, whomever. But it wasn't until 1998 when an internship at Wired opened her eyes to the possibility that photography could be a career. Assisting for the likes of Dan Winters, Jeff Minton and John Midgley inspired her "to take seriously the idea of a life as a photographer," she says. We asked her to share some of her secrets with us, and she did so happily.