"I found photography when I was in middle school. I realized that I always had a camera in my hands documenting the world around me."
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Firstly Richele, how would you best describe yourself?
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Richele. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I recently received my BFA in studio art with a specialization in photography from Cazenovia College. In college I was featured in a variety of exhibitions on campus. I have had a solo exhibition as well. My creative work involves miniature crime scenes that tell a narrative. You can view some of that work on richelereneaphotography.com
I have my own freelance photography business where I take my creativity and knowledge to make beautiful portraits.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Richele. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I enjoy creating narratives that are based on crime stories, set in a dollhouse.
Richele, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I have always been creative, from finger painting to sewing. I found photography when I was in middle school. I realized that I always had a camera in my hands documenting the world around me. I took lessons from a family friend and knew it was something I needed to continue with.
Who is your inspiration in life Richele? How do you keep inspired?
My grandma is my inspiration in all aspects of life. She is also very creative through guilting and painting. Her strength and desire have always pushed me to be a better person and artist.
We all make mistakes Richele; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Last year there was a lady who asked me to shoot her daughters senior photos. She let me know that there was going to be another photographer to photograph her daughter on her horse. I was fine with that. What ended up happening was the other photographer ended up shooting casual as well. The lady shared her photos and recommended her and not me on Facebook. I messaged her to ask her if there was a problem with my photos. She said no, the other photographer asked me to do that. I think I should add that to a contract to avoid that situation again.
Richele , 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I use a program called studio cloud. It's very helpful to organise everything from session times to invoices.
Please tell us Richele, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Any photographer can agree that you can not predict what the lighting will be like at locations. There are days where I bring extra equipment to make sure I light up the scene correctly and satisfy the client
Richele, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I also currently work as a sales photographer for another company at a park. Sales and photography go hand in hand. Prices are always outrageous and many people steer away. The price for one 6x8 print with a folder plus a digital is $30. "It's highway robbery" said this one guy. It's, my job to sell the product. I kindly explained to this man the process behind the work. I said "the price has to go up every time minimum wage goes up" "the owner of the company has to pay us to work here" I continue to talk about working and production.. he was asking me about my experience. I told him about college and my business. I went back to his photo and I was like "this photo is so good and I'm proud of myself, it would look great on a wall to look back at and think about your wonderful time at sky high adventure park" and he was then all in and bought the photo
Richele, 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?
My first solo show was my proudest moment. As I set up my senior thesis project in college, my teachers gave awards. I received a honours award for best senior exhibition and was able to have a solo show in a nearby building.
Richele, 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 always creative. After I had taken a forensic photography class, I began making art related to crimes. I used my skills to create many different projects that all had a similar concept or topics
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Go big, don't give up, don't look back. Photography is a competitive field. If you keep working at it, you can be successful.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Right now, I'm just trying to build my business, but collaborations have been a thought in my head.
Now for the best part Richele! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photography: Richele Musall