"Find what you're attracted to visually and work off of that energy. Expose yourself to a ton of different art and build yourself through that."
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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I am a 20 year old Dallas based portrait and fashion photographer. I started when I was in high school and realized quickly that taking portraits was my thing, but I wanted to do something with a bit more of an edge. Fashion photography came to me as a combination of both art and portrait styles and felt SO good. Now, I'm currently working to perfect my own style and brand and hopefully get published regularly! What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? Oh man, I'm currently working on shifting my brand under my name to just my fashion work. I still love weddings and portraits, but I feel like that'll best be under a different business name in the future. My goals for the last couple years of college would be to keep working on my style and finding those clients that mesh with my vibes. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I'm always open to new ideas and visions, but I'm also aware of what I love/don't love shooting. If a client isn't going to be a good fit, I can usually tell from the first email. I'd rather be picky and really take on jobs that I feel like will allow me to grow and stay focused. Since I am young, I have to both be professional and stay friendly. My first instinct is to befriend the person emailing me, but that sometimes makes the business side a bit harder haha. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I would start by looking to higher inspirations for my work. When I started out, I was inspired by other photographers online that weren't exactly who inspire me today. I would have loved to know the classic fashion figures, study the masters of photography, and have a much more refined taste. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? Oh man. Tough question. One of my biggest heroes/inspirations has been the photographer Tim Walker. His work has been featured for years and is still unlike anything else I have ever seen. I think his work showed me that I could push myself above the norm and really have a creative vision in fashion photography. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? I think they're essential. Some courses I have taken weren't as helpful as others, but I feel that the best way to learn anything is by working alongside someone who does it. Workshops, assisting gigs, and even online courses have all been so helpful to giving me that extra tool in my belt. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? I would say to start researching. Who is who. What models are in which magazine. Find what you're attracted to visually and work off of that energy. Expose yourself to a ton of different art and build yourself through that.
Photo Credits: Photographer - Nick Glover Stylist - Kristin McIntyre HMUA - Michaela Lewallen Model - Afton @ Wallflower Management Contact Details: Instagram: @nikkuman Email: email@example.com
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