So much colour, so many flowers and so much mouth watering food. How do you decided what to focus on in your photos?
It’s really just whatever I’m interested in most of time. This year I’ve been making a lot of changes to my aesthetic and focusing more on people. But flowers will always make the best models.
How did you find inspiration for finding marzipan in your everyday life?
Almost white, but just the softest hint of a blush. It’s kind of like a version of pink everyone can wear. It reminds me of lazy Sunday afternoons, and pale pink peonies. And it’s the perfect way to bring in some summer colour if you’re like me, and tend to stick to blacks, whites, greys, and pastels.
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The people in your photos appear so genuine. Where do you come by people to shoot?
Friends. None of the people I’ve shoot so far are models, they are all just kind, open hearted folk who don’t mind me telling them to “turn and look at the camera” 300 times. I’m very lucky to have such beautiful people around me.
At Grana we love to travel. What’s a favourite traveling memory of yours?
Such a hard question to answer. I’ve been lucky enough to travel far and often, and have been to Asia, South America, and Europe. But I think right now the memories that stick out most to me are of my most recent trip to Guatemala. My mom immigrated to the U.S. when she was just 10, and the majority of her family still lives in Guatemala. When I was younger we would go every year, but as my brother and I got older and more involved in our own lives that stopped. So this past Christmas my whole family went. It was my first time back in 15 years, but everything seemed so familiar. It was the best thing I could have done, being there with my family, learning about where I’m from, and just spending time in a place that’s so different from home. That’s always the best part of travel.
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What do you find inspiring about L.A?
You can find just about anything in LA. We’ve got some of the best food in the States, mainly because the people who live here are so diverse. And that just creates a lot of unique people watching, shopping, and events. There is always some cultural, artistic, or community event happening if you’re looking for something to do. You can’t be bored in LA, if you’re willing to put yourself out there.
The way you play with colour is really unique. What do you think are the key ingredients that make up a great photo?
I think the subject is the most important aspect. You can have the best lighting, most expensive camera, but if your content isn’t interesting then none of those other elements are going to matter. I’ve really started loving movement in photos, rather than seeing pretty things on a static white background (although there is place for that too, if the content is exciting).
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What do you prefer to shoot with and in what settings?
I shoot most of my photos on either a Sony a7 or a Canon 60D. I’m not a professional photographer in the slightest, but I work with professional all the time and try and absorb as much know-how as I can from them. Recently I’ve taken myself off the “auto” function and started working manual. There is a serious learning curve, and I have the utmost respect for the people who do that everyday. I’ve always loved the look of film as well (my dad is a camera operator, so I grew up around a lot of cameras), and I’m playing with some vintage film cameras that have been passed down to me. I’ve gotten so used to instant gratification of seeing the photos on the screen right after taking them, that film is lesson in patience. But it’s fun.
How much post-production work goes into your photos?
Lots. It’s cathartic.
How do you see your photography progressing in the future?
Hopefully in the future I will be behind the camera more often than in front of it.
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Tell us about your current gig and how you see your full-time work evolving?
I currently work as the social media coordinator for an interior design and lifestyle blog (www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com). It’s a challenging position only because so much of the brand is based on social media, and our audience generally has pretty high standards for what they’re expecting to see. But I’m really interested in social media, and I’ve learned SO much from working there, and have met some of the most inspiring people. I plan to keep working and learning as long as I can. It’s a really rare work environment, with amazing people who truly care about the company and the content and a really positive philosophy.
We all know you take great photos, what else do you like to do?
If I’m being honest, brunch, afternoon day drinking, and not having much else to do is a perfect weekend. But right now that’s pretty rare, since I’ve normally booked myself for some sort of work. But I love working, so how can I complain?
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
More editorial style work is what I’m working towards right now. And one day maybe even working for myself. I’ve got a lot of dreams and a lot of energy, so I’m just going to keep grinding while I can.
Photo Credits: Sara Tramp and Frank Shifabrics / by Grana / 06.07.16