“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank
“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by the vast landscapes of Earth and the way humans connect and interact with her. This transitions over to how I'm also inspired with the variety of ways two people interact with each other and how they are connected emotionally. Creating a story (image) within a story (session) is what keeps me motivated.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is new in photography?
You'll hear it time and time again, but only because it's true: Keep shooting. Find out why you enjoy creating and keep shooting for those reasons all the while exploring and pushing your own boundaries.
Where do you see your photography in 10 years?
That's a great question. It's not something I've actually thought about. With the art of photography, I'll never know where it takes me. The art part is a journey and can take me down different paths -all depending on where my explorations take me. But if I had to give an answer now, I see my photography hopefully more refined, distinguishable and hopefully on the walls and coffee tables of those that appreciates my work.
How would you describe your style?
I kind of hate this question as I feel like it places me in a bubble, but I'd say that I strive for a style that is classic, dramatic, and romantic.
What got you into photography?
About 10 years ago, I began to really travel the country and documented those travels through my mobile phone's camera. The likes on Instagram started rollin in and I may have gotten a little addicted. Perfect my shots and figuring out how to edit on VSCO led me to hone the technical aspects of photography.
What is your favorite type of session?
If a wedding client allots at least an hour of portrait time, those are my favorite sessions. We're at a beautiful venue and they're all dressed up, so the creative possibilities are almost endless. Connection (engagement) sessions are a very close second as it's guaranteed to be focused on the intimate connection between two people.
What is your favorite image that you´ve taken?
Bah, that's like asking what's your favorite flavored ice cream or who's your favorite child. I refuse to play favorites. I love them all the same for different reasons. :)
Creativity and originality beats popularity in so many levels
What inspires you? I would say the biggest thing that inspires me is all of my friends work and others work that I follow on social media. There is soooo many talented photographers and artist on the internet and when I see an awesome image they produced, it makes me want to pick up my camera and go out and shoot. After I go out andcapture photos and post them I just hope they will inspire others and make them want to go out and shoot and create art.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is new in photograpghy? Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. And Shoot some more. Shoot everyday, honestly the only way to get good at something is to keep doing it and practicing. When you are starting off, take the pictures for yourself don’t worry about posting them on social media. Go out, explore and learn everything about your camera. Go for a drive and find cool spots to take pictures. Be able to accept constructive criticism or any criticism actually. People will like your pictures, people might not like your pictures but don’t let their opinions change what you do in photography.
Where do you see your photography in 10 years? In 10 years I hope my photography will have taken me somewhere beautiful that I love. It would be really cool to live in a beautiful place and be able to afford it because of my photography. Or just simply travel, what photographer doesn’t want to travel everywhere all the time and take pictures? Having a job that pays me to do photography and travel is the ultimate goal for me.
How would you describe your style? I would describe my style; Moody, Earthy, Muted Tones. Portraiture, Greenless ;)
What got you into photography? Instagram. Not 2017 Instagram with pictures of food and selfies. When Instagram first came out it was actually photography and I saw the pictures on there and they inspired me so I started taking pictures with my android smartphone, and then I got an iPhone 4 that had a little better camera. Then I was really getting into it and got my first camera a couple years later, it was a Nikon D3200 ( today I’m still loyal to Nikon;) ) But yes, believe it or not Instagram is one of the biggest reasons I started photography. I’m glad I got into photography because I have met some of the greatest people through this awesome form of art.
What is your favorite type of session? I’ve done quite a few engagement sessions, couple photos, family shoots, and just portraits/senior pictures. My favorite sessions are probably portraits with models or one person. I really like working one on one with them and having the main focus in the picture be the person.
What is your favorite image that you´ve taken? This.
“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? This will either sound super depressing, or incredibly enlightening. Until a recent breakup, I was totally stuck in a rut. I was photographing the same thing over and over again and definitely not challenging myself as an artist, and I don’t want to give a dumb breakup all the credit, but honestly it woke something up inside of me and it got me out shooting in less than perfect conditions, and shooting people that I didn’t feel 100% comfortable with at first, and actually following through with plans that were way out of my comfort zone. Suddenly I was trying new things and I wasn’t just the scared dark selfie girl alone in her room with flowers and anxiety anymore. So I mean ultimately, I suppose people inspire me. People, their emotions, their decisions, their actions. Also music. Yeah, definitely music too.
WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS NEW IN PHOTOGRAPHY? Shoot simply. And shoot often. I feel like a lot of new photographers, myself included, get too excited and try to execute super complicated ideas as soon as they pick up a camera. When I first started shooting, I wanted every shoot to have a theme and I wanted every model to be wearing a certain outfit and be wearing certain makeup and I worked way too hard to portray an instagram-worthy aesthetic, but I should have been focusing on just nailing the right lighting and figuring out what my ISO and shutter speed should be and honestly how to properly interact with my models. Also, don’t worry too much about what everyone else is doing.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IN 10 YEARS? Wow, I don’t think anyone has ever asked that before. One time someone asked where I saw myself in 5 years and I was like "Uh, Seattle?" For the first time ever, though, I’m actually pretty satisfied with my work. But having said that, if my photography in 10 years had a little more Greece, France, Italy, and elopements in it, I wouldn’t be mad! I definitely don’t see myself straying too far from capturing couples/weddings though. I love love too much.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Moody, feminine, and intimate. For sure. I also work very hard to create natural emotions during sessions, as opposed to super posed shots and I feel as though that's an important aspect of my photography style.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO PHOTOGRAPHY? I started shooting for my high school newspaper. Shout out to SBHS. I always considered myself a writer, but a newspaper needs photos too so they were like, “here, take this.” That was the first time I had picked up a dslr camera (and it was a Nikon lol) but when I was shooting for the paper, it felt like work. I definitely didn’t love it the way I do now. About a year or maybe a few months later though, I looked down the hall from my bedroom and noticed the light was hitting the floor in a super interesting way, and I grabbed my little digital camera I used for myspace selfies, and I got down on the floor and shot it at an angle that I felt as though most people would um, well, not. Literally right after that, I told my parents I wanted a REAL camera and for my 17th birthday, I received a shiny new Canon Rebel t2i and a couple of kit lenses. Also oh my gosh, I’ve been doing this for about 7 years now. That’s so crazy to think about!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF SESSION? Literally any session that documents love. Whether that’s love between two people, or simply self-love.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE IMAGE THAT YOU'VE TAKEN? This is like choosing your favorite Beatles song. They’re just ALL so good. ;) Totally joking lolol. Probably this one for sure. This was the first session that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. The sun was so harsh and it was pretty last minute so it was the first session in a long time to genuinely challenge me. It was awesome.
“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”
“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”
— Annie Leibovitz
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”
The grass is always greener when you crank up the saturation in post process.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”
— Diane Arbus
I am so excited for our 2k likes giveaway. A few months back I purchased a Connie & Co camera bag. I loved it so much, I asked Connie if she would be willing to send me another bag for one lucky Wild Collective member to win!
I want to take a moment and thank her for her kindness! She has gone through a lot. Believe it or not, the camera bag industry has a very ugly side. Another large company has bullied this woman, and her business since she made her first camera bag. I wanted to take a moment to hear more about Connie, and her company.
Tell us a little about yourself My name is Connie, founder and bag designer of Connie & Co. I’ve been in the photography business for five years. I’m a local deputy and own a dog grooming business. Having a camera bag business was something that I never thought in my wildest dream would ever happen. After searching high and low for the perfect bag, I realized the only person who would be able make a bag tailored to my exact needs would be ME; With many trials and tribulations, Connie & Co. was born and The Ariel bag(named in honor of my 15 year old cocker spaniel, Ariel) was created. I wanted a bag that would be strong enough to carry thousands of dollars worth of equipment without the slightest thought of it breaking; something feminine yet not be a target to be stolen (speaking within the deputy of me) and the features to accommodate every photographer, amateur or pro (multiple pockets, memory card holders).
I am happily married with two fur babies Petals and Pippa. When I’m not running two business and shifts at the station, I enjoy quiet time at home and creating upcoming designs for my bags. I also enjoy engaging with the members of the Connie & Co. Community group. Our group has six admins (including myself) that offer daily tutorials, topics of conversations including group meet-ups, advice on equipment and juggling work/home life. Our members even contribute their own tutorials and professional advice!
What inspired you to start making camera bags? As I mentioned, I never sought out to have a camera bag business. I am in it because I love bringing my ideas to life and being a part of a community of photographers. I always have an open ear and love hearing the opinions of fellow photographers for future creations. I recently worked with a fellow photographer for my Petals Collection (yes, named after my fur baby) to include a backpack that would fulfill almost every photographer in mind. I get such a thrill when I see other photographers proudly wearing my bags and wallets - to think a small-town woman from North Carolina has photographers all around the world inquiring and purchasing MY bags!
So far, what has been your favorite design and why? The Wandering Wayfarer, our newly created backpack is my favorite bag thus far. I absolutely love the femininity of it yet it is so practical; You can fit everything you need, for any type of shoot. I also love that you can wear it with a pretty dress or a comfy pair of leggings and a tee. I try to make all of my bags versatile, to ensure any photographer, from any genre of photography can use it.
Considering how many camera bag companies there are, what sets you apart from the rest? I try my hardest to always be available to each and every one purchasing my bag. I also ensure that my customers get the best pricing and quickest shipping possible, keeping in mind that a photography business is quite expensive to build and maintain. I personally test bags before I release them so that I can personally guarantee the bags and offer the best quality assurance possible.
Where do you see your company in 10 years? I try to live my life day by day, accepting the ups and downs. In ten years from now, I would only hope that Connie & Co. would be recognized as a reliable, judgement-free bag company for every style of photographer. I would hope to have more meet-ups, creating more types of bags, with the community in mind. While I can’t foresee tomorrow, I can guarantee that for right life for me is pretty good. My dreams have come to life and I have established life-long relationships with fellow amazing photographers. In being a groomer, a deputy and a bag creator, I yearn to do my best each day and enjoy every minute of it!
WESBITE // https://connieandcousa.com/
INSTAGRAM // https://www.instagram.com/connieandcompany/?hl=en
FACEBOOK // https://www.facebook.com/groups/connieandco.camerabags/
Enter to win this bag by heading over to our Wild Collective group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1304873992936696/
“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
“Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.”
“I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.”
“Once photography enters your bloodstream, it is like a disease.”
“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”