I grew up in the northern US, went to High School in Ghana, Africa. I have travelled through Europe with my best friend, fell in love and married a man from the southern US, and use any spare time to travel and capture the beauty of our world. These things make me unique because they have helped to define who I am. I see the world through a larger lens, appreciating the beauty in the little things and never taking for granted the everyday moments.
Christine, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I love people and the outdoors - for me it brings God closer, to be able to interact with his greatest creations. I have always like to take pictures, but I knew I wanted to make it serious when I was taking pictures at my cousin's wedding seven years ago with a regular point-and-shoot camera, and they were riding away on horseback, and I chased them for a quarter of a mile trying to get a good shot.
Who is your inspiration in life Christine? How do you keep inspired?
That's a hard question because so many people and things inspire me to try new things but if I had to pick just one I, would say my, nieces. They are so young, but so smart, sweet, beautiful, and innocent. Their character inspires me to capture those types of moments, because of how pure they are.
We all make mistakes Christine; 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 can honestly say that up to this point I have never had a bad experience with a colleague. I think I have been lucky. But I would have to say I have learned that just because someone else is great photographer doesn't mean you have to do everything as they do. I know a couple of points in my career I have tried to mimic other photographers instead of learning from them and then making it my own.
Christine, 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?
It's so important to give clear expectations up front to all your clients. If you know it's going to take ten days to provide them with an excellent product, then make sure they are aware of the front. This helps you when you have multiple clients to set timetables for yourself. I have learned this the hard way.
Please tell us, Christine, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I think developing relationships with people is very strategic, especially in the fashion world. My priority is to provide great shots. At fashion shows, you can end up with some pretty bad shots if you haven't developed relationships with model agencies, event planners, and the models. When you have those good relationships, you get access to places both on the runway and behind the scenes that allow getting those great shots.
Christine, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
As a wedding photographer, this is a constant. Brides see their perfect wedding photos in their head, and they also have a conception of how they think it should be executed. It my job to allow them to develop trust so that we can execute in such a way that will allow what they see in their mind's eye to come to life.
Christine, 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 first international magazine publication, it made me feel validated like all the hard work and roadblocks were paying off. But now, my proudest moments are returning clients, knowing they trust me to capture their memories and visions make me proud because it took me a long time to get to that point.
Christine, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The pictures featured here are probably some of the most creative work I have gotten to be a part of. The day we shot them it was like everything was perfect, the models were perfect, the scenes were perfect, the mood was perfect, and we had few boundaries.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Be patient. It takes time to hone your craft, and that's ok. The journey is part of what makes the art of your photos that much more beautiful.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to work with more designers and commercial print photographers. I always want to learn and grow and be challenged to do something outside of my comfort zone.
Photographer: Christine Godbolt @creativelychrisphoto Designer: Twin Fashion Models: Sonia Quezada and Tiara Dillard