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I think my upbringing makes me as unique as my name. Bonus points if you can pronounce it! I was born and raised in France, and involved in the arts my whole life, studying ballet, painting, and piano. I went to college for Fine Arts as well. My multicultural and art-filled background have had a huge influence on me as a person and an artist.
Laetitia, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I am hugely passionate about the arts and animal rights. Perhaps that's what drove me to get a Political Science minor. Regarding my photography, that started in college. After having been accepted into my school's Fine Arts program I had to choose a focus, and it was between photo and painting for me. But it seemed photo opened so many doors; it got me excited. Painting would have been a more solitary life, while photography has broadened my horizons tenfold. It's by far the best choice I've ever made.
Who is your inspiration in life Laetitia? How do you keep inspired?
The most honest answer is my peers. Sure, I could name Annie Leibovitz (and geez, she's awesome) or other big names, but I'm incredibly inspired by what I see my peers post on a daily basis. This world is full of talent. That' what keeps me inspired and pushing myself.
We all make mistakes Laetitia; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I thankfully haven't had any specific situations or fallouts, but I'll say that's because I've been following my advice: Have good communication! Setting expectations, whether with clients, colleagues or others in life is huge. Beyond that, behave honestly and kindly, and there's no reason you'll ever have a problem.
Laetitia, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I work on a queue system; I feel that's the fairest. Unless something time-sensitive comes up, that's what I do. I also limit the number of projects I take on in a year, so I can deliver work I am proud of, and that's well done. And as always, I communicate a lot with my clients and make sure realistic expectations are set.
Please tell us, Laetitia, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
The organisation is key. I can't do clutter. To me physical, visual clutter becomes mental clutter, and then I don't get anything done. My home looks like it could be in a magazine because that's what makes me feel zen and able to focus. I'm just as organised with my duties. My virtual and physical To Do Lists and calendars are what keep me on top of my game! Take those away, and I'm lost lol.
Laetitia, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
In the wedding photography word, we mostly get clients who have never done this before and don't know how this works. They don't know what's important and why, and I feel it is my job to educate them. I'm simply honest about how I do things and why I do them that way. This comes from a place of passion for me, and after I explain to them why it is I do things the way that I do, they always understand, trust me, and are on board with it.
Laetitia, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Being published for the first time was a huge moment of pride for me. Something about being recognised by your peers and by the outside world felt incredibly validating.
Laetitia, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I have to get creative every time I'm given a less-than-pretty environment, which happens more than you'd think. Have got to get creative and make it look good. I'd say it's exciting and difficult every time I shoot. Because each client is different, there is a different story to tell, whether that's a couple of a product. It's always a challenge to get to know my clients enough to understand what sets them apart, then to come up with a way to show that. But accomplishing that is also the most rewarding part of what I do.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
It's like anything else in life. If you want to master it, you have to be incredibly dedicated. There is a lot to learn, so never stop doing that. Whether it be with formal education, online classes, workshops, or all of the above, never stop learning. And join the community! Be involved. They will push you further than you can get on your own.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Any! I love learning and growing as an artist. I feel each situation gives you both those things. So if it's new to me, it might be scary and less comfortable, but I'm all for it!
LaÃ«titia Donaghy Photography @laetitiadonaghyphotography