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Shelsea Doran has shared some fantastic insights into the world of fashion photography, and how she got to where she is today. We hope you enjoy her interview!
"If I had to do it over again I would be less afraid of failure."
How did you get to where you are now in your career?
When I think about how I got into photography I think about the people that I surround myself with. The people that surround me motivate me, help me, and push me to do better. That's one of the most important thing in any career for sure, making sure that you're inspired by those around you and that they're not toxic to your career.
How did your education prepare you for the future?
Modeling education is important for the models. I'm a photographer so I deal more with asking the models to create the movement or pose that I have in mind in a natural manner. I haven't attended any modeling courses.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
Too many to count!!
Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?
I feel that I'm meeting the small goals I set for myself weekly, yet I want to keep learning and growing. You'll never learn your full potential if you feel that your work is perfect.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
If I had to do it over again I would be less afraid of failure. When you're planning a shoot and making sure everyone is at the right place at the right time you want everything to go perfectly, as planned. Yet, in reality things go wrong all the time and you just need to deal with them the best you can. I would be less worried about taking risks.
What advice would you give someone who is young and wants to have a position such as yours one day?
Train yourself for the position you want. If you want to be a professional fashion photographer, find current photographers that inspire you and learn from them by viewing their work over and over again. That way you're training yourself to see what the professionals see, and you can eventually adapt that to your own style.
How do you stay inspired?
By seeing what's around me. I'll be walking past a wall, and I'll look at the texture of the wall and start thinking about how I use that for a shoot. It can be the most mundane thing sometimes.
What photography related things do you recommend?
Make sure you know what you're talking about in terms of technique and terminology. If I'm talking to a fellow photographer and they're telling me that a jpeg file and a raw file are basically the same thing I'm automatically going to trust their opinion less because I feel that they might not know as much as they pretend to. There's no shame in not knowing something, especially considering photography can be so technical, but you will be respected more if you say you don't know and learn.
How can people reach you for a job? And how would they know your rate?
What's your favourite camera?
The X100s Fujifilm. It's not what I shoot my fashion work with, but this camera in low light! Simply beautiful.
Photographer: Shelsea Doran (Instagram @shelsmb)
Makeup Artist: Megan Benitez (Instagram @megbenitez.photo.mua)
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