"The BIGGEST thing I would tell young creatives is to never let fear block your vision and success. You will go greater distances when nothing stands in your way."
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How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I didn't know where to start when becoming interested in photography. I learned everything I could from the internet and took it into my own hands of utilizing the techniques learned to create my photographs. I started in my garage. I painted the walls white, had to borrow money to buy my camera and built my portfolio by taking photographs of my friends. I have yet to purchase a studio but I use my available assets and will one day own my own studio. While endeavoring this scenario, I had one problem and that was overcoming fear. I was scared that people would reject me because of who I am and their thoughts about my work. I also had the fear to talk to people I didn't know. But now, I am beginning to shine. I have overcome fear and I am now creating beautiful photographs of people. I know photography runs through my blood and I was meant to present my creative talent.
What is your opinion on modeling education?
Modeling education is important to me because if I am taking images of people who have not modeling background, I need to take this extra knowledge to teach my model the poses that fit perfectly into the theme or mood I am going for. The courses I have taken closest to modeling were on Creative Live. Posing men, women, couples, and families.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
The person who has been my biggest inspiration in life is photographer Sue Bryce. One day, I was watching videos on Youtube and came across an interview she had with SLR Lounge. I began to get the chills because you told her story of how she got where she is today. Her story is the split image of how I started. Since that day, I have been empowered with motivation to know that I can be in her same shoes if I push hard for something I love most.
Do you feel like you've met your goals?
I definitely feel like I have been achieving my goals relatively quickly. This year I have told myself that this is my year for photography. Nothing is going to hold me back from what I love doing. I have already worked with a boutique by providing them images that they can use for their Instagram account, two different editorials (portrait and beauty) and now planning two more big shoots in the near future. This first month has been very successful.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
The one thing I would change is the necessity to overcome fear or having no fear at all when first starting out. It may be scary at first but you can never let people hold you back from doing what you love most. Life is ten times better without fear blocking your vision.
Do you have any tips for young fashion creatives?
The BIGGEST thing I would tell young creatives is to never let fear block your vision and success. You will go greater distances when nothing stands in your way. This has been the biggest impact in my life recently and I am loving the outcome of surpassing that negative energy.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by following inspirational photographers like Sue Bryce and Lindsay Adler. There are thousands of talented people in the world and to view their work, I motivates me to be within this group and take part in what we do best.
What photography related things do you recommend?
I highly recommend taking the time to learning your camera the most you can then working your way up to lighting and lighting modifiers. A great resource for learning is Creative Live. There are tons of workshops that you can virtually attend and or purchase. They are presented by successful people in the craft that we partake in.
What's your favourite camera?
My favorite camera is the Canon 5D Mark IV. It is the third camera I have owned and has been the best one so far. It is versatile when it comes to photographing images to recording video. It is also fast when it comes to focusing in order to get that perfect shot.
What is your most memorable experience?
I recently did a photoshoot with two models for a boutique in my local town. We were on location and it began to storm with really bad winds and rain. Not only is it good to have a creative mind but to have two others?... Three creative minds working together works like wonders. One of them had the idea to take the shoot indoors to a local antique shop. If she would have never thought of that, I wouldn't have been able to get compelling photographs that tells more to the story due to the location.
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