I come from a very small town; my graduating class had ten people in it with only 1 of them being a guy!
Piper, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion in life it to forever be creative and happy. I learned at a young age from some bad life experiences that happiness is the most important thing in life. I started as a photographer when I was young just as a hobby because I've always been in awe of the photos/art I see online. I was a creative kid, always drawing or making crafts of some sort so I picked up a camera, dressed up my little siblings and went to explore!
Who is your inspiration in life Piper? How do you keep inspired?
I look up to a lot of people such as my parents because they both have gone through so much in life and there are also photographers I look up to because I am baffled at how they create such amazing work, and that is how I stay inspired, by looking at their work. However, my inspiration in life is myself because I am capable of so many things, and that is inspiring. I literally could go do anything I wanted at the drop of a pin, and that inspires me never to stop believing and creating because the possibilities are endless.
We all make mistakes Piper; 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 wish I would've gotten to know them more before having a photo shoot with them, so I had a better idea of how to photograph them. I feel like I just winged the whole thing with no idea of what to do.
Piper, 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 edit/ prioritise my clients by order of the photoshoots, the client a from the first photo shoot should get their pictures back before the photo shoots that happen after theirs.
Please tell us, Piper, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I had to be very strict with my time management and schedule. I had to put off hanging out with friends and school work that wasn't necessarily due the next day in order to get the pictures done within a relatively quick time frame.
Piper, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
One time a client felt awkward in the way I posed her, so I took a picture of how I posed her than a picture of her where she didn't feel awkward. I then showed her the pictures side by side to show her how much more it flatters her be in the pose I put her in.
Piper, 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?
The proudest accomplishment I've had as a photographer was the first time I successfully used Photoshop. Haha, this may seem like a small thing, but it was a huge accomplishment as I am a self-taught photographer.
Piper, 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 first time I bought my brand new camera I instantly grabbed my younger sister and took her out to test it out and I was able to be creative with lights/lighting, and it was exciting because I had never done it before.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would not compare yourself to other photographers and focus on your work. They may have been doing it for way longer than you have so focused on bettering yourself.
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'm from Minnesota, and I have done a few brand collaborations and would love to do more! I would also love to do any collaborations with fashion talents because as I said I would love to model more and also would love to do collabs with creative's because I love learning new things!
Photos 1 & 2. Stephanie Warzecha/@stepohaniefotoPhotos 3-10. Me (Piper Gibson)/piperjgibson