Today's post comes from Alexandra of AW Photography. When Alexandra first contacted me about sharing her photography on Miss Darlingheart, I was excited beyond belief! Her work is stunning and I'm so honored to have her here today!
I started really picking up photography around early high school. I began bringing my dad's 70's Nikkormat with me everywhere, first starting off by doing candid portraits of friends at school or local shows, and then once people started asking for more personal sessions, I began putting myself out there more. After graduating, I had a stint at Brooks Institute, where I was originally pursuing a career as a film director. Not long after leaving, I pooled together enough money to buy the cheapest Canon DSLR I could find, started the classic 365/photo-a-day project, and everything's just escalated since then.
I was raised by two photographers, so the basic, physical functions of a camera were pretty well-instilled growing up. I mostly ended up learning the craft by trial and error, and by keeping an eye on what other photographers around me were practicing. Through all of my schooling however, I think it's safe to say I've endured at least three basic photography classes as of present - I've got the Sunny 16 down pat.
I'd have to say about five years now? Portraiture is the main draw of photography for me; taking a person's photograph gives me a wonderful thrill.
Why, thank you! It's funny you mention that; people have begun specifically requesting that specific "look" when hiring me, and so it's very much intentional. I would like to state though, that I have never Photoshopped in a sunflare or light leak before; everything you see is au naturale.
My one piece of universal advice is to just keep at it! Remember that you've got the drive, then you're capable of anything.
I hope you all enjoyed reading her Q&As as much as I did :)
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