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I am a naturally very curious person; I am always thinking about how things work or how things got to be the way they are and why. This takes me so far with photography because since I am so obsessed with complexity, it allows me to get into the details of different shots to show individuality in the model and their style. Another thing that I value in portrait photography is diversity. One thing that I would love to do in the future is to shoot unique, different, real people.
LiAnn, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
My passion in life is creating, and this is a broad word that means a lot of things which is another thing that I like about it. Whether its creating art or a case study, the creation part of it is what I find special. When I was in high school, I took a photography class where I learned all about film and the process. Then I got a camera for a vacation I was going on and didn't use it that much. Then I took another summer class about digital photography and throughout the years I've kept practising and learning more.
Who is your inspiration in life LiAnn? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
My inspiration is people in the field who use their art to send important messages. And by art, I mean any art whether its a photographer, videographer, rapper or even YouTuber. The way I stay inspired is just by keeping up with as much new content as I can.
We all make mistakes LiAnn; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
The town that I grew up in was very cookie cutter, and everyone was the same. What I wish I could take back was trying to be like all the people I went to high school with, it made me feel like I've wasted a lot of my time.
LiAnn, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I am very extroverted and enjoy talking to people, especially creative ones who carry over very nicely to working with clients.
Please tell us LiAnn, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Friends and family are very important to me. However, I do set a high standard for my work although, with photography, it feels less like work!
LiAnn, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When I was still in school one of the classes, I took required a semester-long group project aimed at educating students and faculty about sustainability in the food system at a campus event. Everyone was asked to produce a poster with research findings for the event. I was not convinced that a bunch of college students were going to want to read a poster for 5 minutes during their lunch break, so I decided to take our group in another direction. Instead of only creating a poster, we also designed a game that was multiple choice beer pong where we asked the player a question, and they would throw the ball into the bucket they thought was the right answer. My professor at first did not understand the point, but when we took the game out to the event, we had the biggest crowd at our table.
LiAnn, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
Recently I collaborated with an awesome clothing line called Harlot New York, which was my first freelancing gig. My proudest professional accomplishment was when I showed the woman who owns the company, and she loved them. It was awesome to get real feedback from a person who isn't just my friend.
LiAnn, 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 have done two projects with Harlot; the first being simple flay lays of the clothing for the online store. For this project, I got creative with it and also created promotional flat lays using flower petals and neon lights. I was at the dollar store getting poster board for the white background, and saw the fake flowers and the idea just popped into my head!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
From when I started learning to where I'm at now (still learning) I have realised that the amount of theoretical knowledge means nothing until you go out and shoot. I first started by doing lots of research, but my photos started getting better once I went out with a camera and started experimenting with it!
Photographer: LiAnn Grahm