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I am a big fan of horror movies and horror art, but I also love vintage themes and colours. Because of this, I am always trying to blend the two. I love the contrast, and I love the contrast of having a beautiful scene with just one thing being a little unsettling. You don't expect something dark with something light and sweet. This is what I try to perfect and accomplish. I am still a work in progress.
Sam, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
I've always drawn and been surrounded by art. My mother is a weaver and taught at an art college for a while. A couple of years ago I helped my friend on an engagement shoot and had not put down a camera since.
Who is your inspiration in life Sam? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
I am incredibly inspired by music and art. I love looking at old paintings, because of the light and shadows. I try to accomplish this in my photography the best I can because it is a different medium.
We all make mistakes Sam; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I think I have a hard time saying I am a photographer. I only recently started saying that I am. I wish I had sooner because people take you more seriously when you take yourself more seriously.
Sam, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I would say I am a cheerleader; I want people to feel beautiful. I think that's what I like about taking portraits. I want people to see themselves the way they should be. The best compliment I ever get is "I usually don't like the way I look in photos, but I love how I look in your photos."
Please tell us, Sam, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
It is way too hard. I don't think anyone will ever find the perfect balance. I have a habit of closing myself off to focus on art and coming up with ideas. I think any artist needs a lot of time alone. I also have a full-time job that I love, but it can also mean I don't get to spend as much time being as creative as I would like.
Sam, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
In terms of my photography work, I find this can happen a lot. I will say to stand in a certain area to my client, and sometimes they give me a strange look, like, "what are you doing?" But after they get the photo back, they always say, "oh I see!"
Sam, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
I recently had a photo published on the Vogue Italia website. I was so happy because it was a creative photo and concept I had come up with. I was happy it was one of my more creative pieces.
Sam, 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 think I get to be creative all the time, even with the so-called mundane shoots like family and wedding. There are little moments that happen during these that are so precious, and I would also call those moments of art.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Practice all the time and never think you've arrived. Always room for improvement. Consistently push yourself to make better stuff. Not to be cynical, but never feel fully happy with your work.
Photographer: Sam Evans