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Ambar, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion and aspiration in life are to travel around the world after university and take pictures from different climates and fully embrace the culture. I started as a photographer after a few months enrolling in University in 2016. I was asked about what we wanted to go into after I left and I always had a passion for capturing beautiful people and beautiful places whether I was taking these images on my phone. Eventually, I saved enough money to purchase my very first camera (Canon 80D) and I am able to photograph people/places to the standard I want.
Who is your inspiration in life Ambar? How do you keep inspired?
I'd have to say those who have inspired me would be my new friend who's also a photographer, Focus frame and a world-renowned photographer, David Bailey have inspired me significantly as I am able to analyse and absorb the way they take images and the emotions I get from them. As a result, I love to figure out the techniques, lighting or positioning within their images and try to create similar concepts which are intertextual to them. When I have writer's block or cannot think of any ideas on what to do with my life in regards to photography I like to go for a walk in the park as I'm able to think and look at the ways the trees look and relax. I also go on YouTube, and I watch photographers such as Jessica Kobeissi and Alycee Byrd who play a massive influence in reference to inspiring me too like the way they capture and retouch images is stunning to me.
We all make mistakes Ambar; 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 wished my colleague and I created a structured plan when it came to photographing students because we assumed everything would be fine if we turned up on the day and take pictures, but this wasn't the case as some lectures were not happening or the students did not want to cooperate. As a result, we should have been more organised and plan earlier than when we did.
Ambar, 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 make sure that I asked them if they are okay and if they need something I will go out of my way to get it for them on the day. In regards to sending the images to them, I don't tell them unrealistic goals I cannot reach, and I let them know I will send the images to them ASAP, but that's when I am fully satisfied with the images as I want my clients to have the best quality I can give them. When retouching a couple of images, I send them a few as a taster so they can have a rough idea of what I'm currently doing with their images.
Please tell us Ambar, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
It was my first time doing a test shoot with someone I knew, and I made sure I secured a day they were able to do the shoot which, at the time was three weeks ahead. I began writing notes as to what I wanted the model to wear, the locations and the poses I wanted her to reenact. Similarly, I constantly refer to my calendar and make sure I reach mini goals for myself; for example, a goal to edit 35 images today or more (if I had over 100 images to retouch). As a result, this was effective as I was able to do my group but still having time to do other things in my life like study.
Ambar, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When it came to a certain shot I wanted within my short narrative, I told my co-editor to analyse the way the shot fit and how it worked because it helped set the scene within the location. Afterwards, my co-worker understood where I was coming from and understood my reasoning why as to why I wanted to keep the shot.
Ambar, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was taking pictures for SAE Institute as this was my first paying job and I was grateful that they decided to choose me to take their pictures as I was able to do what I love but for other people. In the end, they loved what I did and wanted to use me again for more projects. I felt like I accomplished so much with this first gig and was being recognised for what I love to do.
Ambar, 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'm always allowed to be creative with my work as the people I've worked with in the past were very subjective and wanted quality images to be produced and relied on my judgment of these images. I love taking images and retouching them as I'm able to try out different techniques in Photoshop but what can be somewhat difficult is trying to create a concept in your mind but it's not working out the way I want it to, and as a result, I spend some time trying to figure out what went wrong and how can I fix it for the future.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
I'd say to go out with any technology that lets them take photos and practice! Ask your friends to help and pose for you and take their photo if you can't find any models. Look at what you did and learn from your mistakes if you've made any. I still make mistakes to this day but as long as you know what to do and not to in the future then you'll be fine. Have fun with it!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm looking to collaborate with fashion talents and brands
Photographer: Ambar Welle @ambawe_