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I am studying Apparel Design and Development at UW Stout, and I am minoring in photography, video, and sustainability. I became passionate about photography when I took a black and white film photography class in high school. The whole process of developing the film and the creative ways you could change the pictures sparked an interest in me. That passion has grown over the years into an obsession.
I love to capture everything, most people have a specific style and area that they gravitate towards photographing, but I like it all. I think a huge part of it for me is gaining more experience, up until now I've only done personal leisurely work. Since I started a fashion and photography internship, I've been able to take a lot more pictures and realise things that I never noticed before. I am growing as a photographer in areas of creativity and technical work. I'm always looking for new and different opportunities; I would like to expand my body of work and do or be a part of something that I've never seen before.
Cambria Sinclair specialises in:
- Fashion photography
- Nature photography
- Fashion design
- Technical design
Our readers would love to get to know you more Cambria. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I believe that the thing that makes me unique is that I don't have a personal aesthetic or style that I gravitate towards. That makes me very versatile for different projects; I'm eager to embrace any creative intent and direction 100%. I love doing a variety of themes for various photo shoots, and the fashion that I design is just as varied in style and design.
Cambria, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion in life is to ultimately make something that people will use and enjoy for a long time. I know that sounds very vague, but I want to make something that will bring joy to someone's life as other creative people have done for me. I got my start as a photographer using a film camera to take pictures and do creative and fun things with it. I experimented a lot with developing techniques, and even cutting things up to try and find a new way to make photography interesting. I moved into digital photography when I started college; I wanted to learn how to take editorial grade pictures of my designs in fashion. It's been an adventure ever since.
Who is your inspiration in life Cambria? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
I would say that an inspirational figure that I look up to is the fashion designer DRIES. He has beautiful designs that are ever-changing, this helps me stay inspired because every season he has something different and innovative, and that gives me the drive and motivation to seek out different styles and moods for my photographs.
Another huge part of staying inspired is to find excellent models; it's very accurate that models can become muses to photographers and motivate them to capture beautiful moments. I've had many instances where a model inspired me, and the pictures just turned out fantastic because of my renewed charisma and energy.
We all make mistakes Cambria; we wish we could take back. What was the error you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
One mistake I wish I could take back is just being so concerned about school work and being perfect. I missed out on many fun moments and was always continually stressed because school work was still on my mind. I think I became less creative because all I was concerned about was getting things done early and not taking just a little bit of time to let my mind reach new heights and do something different.
Cambria, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I am very adept at working with clients. I enjoy working with other people and having the opportunity to see how they operate and do things. I communicate very well with others, and I'm always ready to take someones brief and make it come to life. I like to experiment with things, and I think this lends itself very well to working with- and for other people.
Please tell us, Cambria, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I prioritise my work and family above all else. I'm the kind of person who genuinely loves to do the job, and treats projects and tasks as my social life and leisure time. I always make time for my family, but aside from that, I am very passionate about work. I find it very relaxing and fun, I know many people might see that extreme, but I am my happiest when I am working and being creative.
Cambria, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
There was a time at work when myself and my boss were going over different fonts and graphics for a fashion collection. I thought that it should go into a more urban direction to match the other groups we were putting out at the same time, while she wanted it to go in a different direction. I just sat down with her and pulled up all of the designs from all of the collections and made mock-ups of both different themes and showed them to her comparing them. I explained why I thought continuity was better than going in a different direction, and after looking at the visuals and listening to me she agreed. It's not about whether one person it right or wrong, it's about what best suits a project.
Cambria, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
My proudest professional accomplishment as a photographer was asked to intern for a company and being told that after I graduated college, I could come back and a job would be waiting for me. Being recognised for my talent as a fashion designer and photography was amazing, I had never gotten any verbal feedback from someone who was in the industry before, and the fact that it was so positive made me feel like I was doing something right.
Cambria, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
There was a photo shoot day where I was told I could do whatever I wanted and take it in any direction. Being given full creative power over something was. I was afraid that I would mess up, or that it wouldn't turn out the way I wanted it to. The best part about that experience was a significant amount of growth I experience creatively. I had the opportunity to do anything, and I took that to heart and tried to be as creative as I could be and push myself.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Mine advise for people who are looking to be photographers is to have as many photo shoots as you can, and take as many pictures as you can. Not only do you build your creativity from having to think of new ideas every time, but you also become better technically when you can look back and see patterns in your pictures. I notice that I often cut off peoples feet , and that was something I was able to fix and be more aware of.
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Photographer: Cambria Sinclair @cambria_sinclair
All models names can be found on my Instagram