Workspace tour and get to know me
I’ve been wanting to share my studio space for a long time, but the timing never felt right, or I the photos didn’t come out the way I wanted. I kid you not the last studio shoot I did was almost perfect, but I forgot to change the camera ISO from 1200 to a much much lower setting. All the photos came out grainy. Anyways I did some digging around and found an artists tag* to pair with the photos, just to make things a little more interesting.
Is there anything you regret regarding your own work?
I regret not doing any personal creative work after college graduation. My need to become a respectable adult and the harsh criticism I received about my works senior year destroyed my ability to make anything for a few years. The closest I got to creative work was at my job as newspaper designer. Last year I found out about Skillshare and began taking classes in flower arranging, which led to illustration, design and photography classes. I still don’t feel 100% proud of my creative work, however I’m very excited and hopeful to see how things play out over the next few years.
Who are your favorite artists?
What are your current top 5 favorite songs
According to Spotify my current favorite songs are
1 New rules by Dua Lipa
2 IDGAF by Dua Lipa
3 If you love me by Brownstone
4 Love me right by Amber Mark
5 Boomerang by Jidenna
My life has been drama free for a while, so I'm not sure how I ended up listening to those songs so much.
What inspired you to get into drawing and photography?
Like most kids, I liked to draw whenever I had a chance. I kept a two binders full of drawings covered in protective plastic sheets. I regret throwing the binders away before going away to college. Last year when my creative journey began again I started heavily watching YouTube videos by various female illustrators. Their passion and joy over what they did inspired me to try out watercolor painting, and digital illustration
I remember buy a point and shoot film camera as a kid with my own money. I don’t remember if I actually used it, or how I got the money, but I do remember it was silver and it had a black wristlet strap. Freshman year I bought my first and current DSLR a Canon Rebel XS with the 18-55 mm kit lens. Teaching myself how to use the camera was a struggle for me so that summer I woke up 6 am to drive 1.5 hours to another town to take a 4 hours a day 5 times a week photography class. I loved the class and obsessively photographed everything that summer. In the fall I transferred to another college and talked to one of the Arts professors about wanting to become a photographer. The professor, never having seen my work told me straight up that I did not have the talent to become a photographer. I shot for the yearbook club, and I took a film photography class a couple years later. This time around different bloggers, photographers, and content creators inspired me to pick up the camera again.
What do you enjoy doing the most?
I enjoy eating, reading, the gym, and going on adventures. If I had to choose one thing, I wouldn’t be able to choose one because I love them all the same. Each activity brings different types of joy to my life.
Is there something you want to learn how to do better?
I want to learn more about branding photography, personal branding, and branding in general.
Do you have any special circumstances for when you start working?
For my afternoon job I only need an assignment and a deadline in order to get started. However in my personal work, it’s not as simple. I have to begin working as soon as I wake up. If I give myself time to stay in bed, think, or make breakfast, I’ll lose the entire day. I’ll always find a reason to not get started.
Oh wow it’s almost lunch time… I guess I can’t start that personal project today
Ah man, work starts in 30 minutes. I can’t write that blog outline now
Dang it! I’ve been up for 3 hours already, guess I’ll try again next monday.
What’s a big project dream of yours?
Right now one of my biggest dreams is to live life on my own terms and work for myself. In order to do that I have to create a much stronger brand, and a consistent online presence. Besides those two things, I still need to level up my skills.
Have you done something lately that you are proud of?
Yes! I have, but I can’t tell you about it yet.
What are your 3-5 sources of inspiration?
3 tv shows and movies
5 personal inspiration library and Pinterest
Now it's your turn.
How are you doing today?
What is the last book you read or show you watched?
Are you excited about anything?