Rachel, please, tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
I'm a fashion and beauty photographer exploring with a fashion mindset. I'm part Italian and couldn't be more in love with my heritage. I'm an ambivert but find every experience with photography rewarding and VERY fun! But I do prefer to be editing my photos more often than not.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Rachel. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm an ambivert that LOVES getting to know people...that's a little contradictory but getting to know people gives me a sense of different cultures and lifestyles around the world, and that's a huge passion of mine aside from photography! I've been in love with Fashion since I was young, dressing up my Barbies and now I can use that in my art of producing images!
Rachel, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is photography!!! of course! It's brought me out of a dark place in my life and has brought me joy and a sense of accomplishment ever since. I will forever be grateful for the passion I have with making artistic fashion photos. I had had enough of the dark life, and God led me to photography week on the internet. I'll never forget the amazing feeling of being genuinely excited and passionate about something in over three years. It was a life changer
Who is your inspiration in life Rachel? How do you keep inspired?
My photography inspiration is the INFAMOUS Lindsay Adler. She's worked so hard to get where she is and has shown me how fun it can be to work hard and grow from it. I often find inspiration in watching her educational videos on SHAPING LIGHT. A concept I had never really thought of. And of course...Pinterest. Never underestimate that app.
We all make mistakes Rachel; 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 honestly haven't had enough experiences to fully answer this question, but there are times that I often regret not letting the model know how good she's doing. By the end of the shoot, they sometimes look tired and unenthused when I don't make it a point to let them know they're doing amazing. It's very different when I do remember to communicate that; they end up producing better photos!
Rachel , 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 have somewhat of a curse of feeling things too strongly. So I become very aware of every person's feelings. So when I see these clients as individuals with goals and inspirations of their own, they easily become a priority to me as well. Just be considerate of each client as an individual and CARE about what they love in life and their needs! Then It doesn't become a hard process to prioritise at all.
Please tell us, Rachel, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I have to be strategic in all the things I do as a photographer. Especially with the goal to become more popular and move on to bigger things! Planning out themed photoshoots to fit one another, and to be diverse. There are so many things I need to strategize that I just couldn't name them all!
Rachel, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
There was a time I had my model doing very weird poses, and she didn't think they looked good, so some of them came out stiff. After showing her the picture and allowing her to see that she, in fact, looked GREAT, she then started to give her all, and the images turned out that much better.
Rachel, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Being recognised by larger models and photographers. Hahaha. it's not that big of an accomplishment for some, but for me and where I'm at in my career right now, that's such a great accomplishment!
Rachel, 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'm still working on being more creative in my work all the time! But recently I had a shoot where I hand glued spike studs to some sunglasses and a hat! It was the perfect example of a cheap DIY, but it turned out GORGEOUS in the photos. The only thing that was difficult was when the studs started popping off the sunglasses in the middle of the shoot, but it made for a good laugh so how difficult could it be? haha
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
I would say to find your style! Find what drives you, what speaks to you, and makes you excited to wake up in the morning. When you find that, you find passion! And when you find passion, you're already at a level of success that every photographer should feel. Then PLAY PLAY PLAY with it!!! Use it to learn and always challenge yourself in new things! Success is not about what others define it as it's about where YOU want to be!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
YES YES YES I AM!!! I would love to work with talents such as models, makeup and hair stylists who also love fashion and beauty images, and any photographers who want to collab and make magic!!
Now for the best part Rachel! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Rachel Barboza @SpinstarSpencer
Model(s) (in order of images): @justine_vivian @_amberlaroux_ @ezrie_dude @sarahdodaspencer @theatrefr3ak