I am dyslexic and bipolar. Many people do not know those two facts about me. However, these tributes do not define me. They do however inspire me. I feel a spark was ignited within myself many years ago to be different, go against the grain to succeed. I hope my differences inspire others with differences that difference does not mean defeat. The difference means defiance, defiance against normality. Defiance against society. I am legitimate that challenges can be overcome, and can indeed be beautiful.
Ariane, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started photography because an art credit was mandatory in my middle school. Never in a million years would I have assumed photography would grab me by the collar and say this is your dream. I was hooked from 8th grade to present day. Something I never thought I would do, I can't stand to go a day without. I need to learn, experience and grow with this passion. Photography saved me from bad decisions, poor lifestyle and toxic people. I aspire to be a fashion photographer.
Who is your inspiration in life Ariane? How do you keep inspired?
My family. All of my family members have faced adversity in one way or another. Each of them has faced challenges that could have broken them, but instead, he or she saw an opportunity to grow and succeed. I am here today because those people continued. I am here because they decided to thrive.
We all make mistakes Ariane; 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 was working with another photographer doing a maternity shoot for her. This day I was very emotional due to personal issues. My client/ peer was understanding, but I let my emotions get in the way of my work. The photos were terrible; I was so upset. I realised it's hard to separate work from home, but it has to be done.
Ariane, 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 try to make every client a top priority. It isn't easy; some clients have high demands. Compartmentalizing clients is key
Please tell us Ariane, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
My first large client was very excited to work with; however it was very detailed. I was so nervous if I was successful at each meeting and email getting my words and vision correction. I had to slow down, look over my notes and equipment to understand what all I could handle.
Ariane, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I was working with a model who suggested I reach out to Africa Fashion week LA to be put in their press booth. I reached out to them showed them my work, and I was added to press. It's a prestigious honour as well as rare to be let in as young as I am. I was impressed with myself.
Ariane, 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 mom has seen my business growing and wanted to help me. She presented me with my first professional camera. A Canon 60D. I was so excited I began doing shoots as often as I could. I saw my work improving; I grew more confident. I started taking note of new angles and viewpoints different techniques. This was a huge turning point in my career.
Ariane, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
This is a two-fold example. I have worked with long exposure photography as well as water photography before. However it's been years. I recently picked both techniques back up. I've had issues with the timing for both. They both require patience and timing. I'm working on my patience, so the timing was my main focus. In working on focus I learned, I was growing patience. My photos were getting better, and I was happy. If was both difficult and exciting!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
I would say start where you are. No need to look at the top artists, you can look at them as inspiration but do not compare. Your work is the level your work is on now for a reason, you're learning. Learn as much as you can, but at your own pace. Make sure you're having fun, do what you love.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I love collaborations.
All photos by me.