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I am self-taught and love being creative with photography. I try my best to find unique perspectives that spice up photos and make them more interesting and artistic. I feel as if I have an outside-the-box mentality and strive to be as creative as I can in shoots for both myself and others.
Caydon, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
Creating aesthetically pleasing, artistic content and sharing with others, as well as just having fun creating with photography. I aspire to travel the world and sustain myself using photography. I started about a year ago when I saw some photos online that I thought were cool, and decided I'd like to try my hand at creating my artistic photos with my style.
Who is your inspiration in life Caydon? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
I am inspired by a lot of people and things as well. From artists like Peter Mckinnon and Jude Allen to the desire to improve my work and new ideas that I see/get that I feel could add to my work.
We all make mistakes Caydon; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I regret not starting earlier and not being as confident in my work. I've been interested in photography for a while, but just never picked up a camera. I sometimes imagine all the more content I could have created in the time I was interested but hadn't started shooting. When I first did, I wasn't always very confident in the work I was producing, even though others who saw it told me otherwise.
Caydon, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I have limited experience working with clients, as I am still in my early stages, but from my experience thus far, I would say I am friendly, energetic, and actively seeking to achieve the vision of the client as well as express my creative style.
Please tell us Caydon, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Work and family are the most important and are at the top of the list. Social life and friends are important, too, but come after work and family are taken care of.
Caydon, 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 past, I've had a couple of instances where people (who weren't clients) had a vision that they wanted me to help them with and didn't quite understand how I had to work to make it happen. They originally tried to direct me where to stand and how close to be to them during the shoot and such, until I explained to them the way the lenses worked and how I had to move around and be certain distances to achieve the look they wanted.
Caydon, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
My proudest moment thus far would be when I got in contact with an official tourism board in Austria, who featured one of my travel photos on their page!
Caydon, 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've had various times where I was able to be creative with my work. One example that comes to mind is when I created a short magazine layout about photography and international travel, where I was able to showcase my photos and write about two of the things I love most, and how they go hand-in-hand. It was exciting to be able to do that and share it with others. However, it was difficult at times because I had never made anything like that before, and things didn't always turn out the way I had envisioned, and it was a little bit difficult at times to get things how I wanted. However, staying positive and putting in the work helped me prevail.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
I would say always to be out creating and building an inventory of your own best content. Making sure you have plenty of your own best personal content, and a developed style of your own will make you stand out. Also, reaching out to others to network and get gigs or features goes a long way because you're out there actively engaging in the community instead of waiting for opportunities to fall into your lap. Make sure also not to get discouraged by people who say no or don't answer to you when you reach out. That's just the way it is, and sometimes you only gain a handful of responses out of a mound of sent messages. Stay positive!
Photographer: myself (@caydonburnett) Models: Kaitlynn Burnett, Emily Grasmick, Emily Veenstra, and Michalina Plichta