My name is Alexandra Cameron, I’m 24 and think photography is a way to vent, I can really push myself, I can really express myself and I can always (well almost always) feel proud of myself. I’m one of those people who isn’t good at much, but I think i’m good at photography…and if I stick with it, I might one say be great.
I was introduced to film and photography at an early age as I grew up in a household that was surrounded by creativity. I was always encouraged to express myself and this began with acting. I moved on through almost all artistic mediums and found myself most comfortable in Film and Photography. After graduating with a degree in Film Studies and Screen Practice I am now concentrating on photography and have started my own business, ‘Alexandra Cameron Photography’
Define how you see the word “creative”:
Expressing ones self through the medium of art.
What inspires you?
Other photographers, music, art, balloons, tea, feathers, vintage, summer days, purple fields, bubbles, blossom, looking at the stars, the sound of a banjo, the ocean, the clouds, the rain, clothes, eyelashes, people and things!
Miss Aniela: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndybisz/
Rosie Hardy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/
Kalie Garrett: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaliegarrett/
Alex Stoddard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex-stoddard/
Kirsty Mitchell: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirsty841/
Hannah and Landon Metz: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nudonudo/
Mike Bailey-Gates: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mbg_photos/
Films (That influence my photography):
The Colour Purple
Edward Scissor Hands
The Virgin Suicides
The Life Aquatic
500 Days Of Summer
Love Me If You dare
The Last Dinosaur
Peach Plum Pear – Joanna Newsom: here
The Wind – Cat Stevens: here
California – Joni Mitchell: here
The Predatory Wasp – Sufjan Stevens: here
Younger – Laura Gibson: here
Describe a day in your professional life:
Networking, shooting, editing, repeat!
What are the biggest professional challenges you face on a daily basis?
Wondering where the work is coming from, I constantly worry it might all dry up…
Do you ever have a creative block and if yes how do you deal with it?
I either don’t take a photo for a couple of weeks or a force myself too. However this doesn’t happen to me much, I am not a conceptual artist, I consider myself a photographer though and through, I do not build fantasy through my images, I capture what’s in front of me, therefore I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, people, places, the weather etc, it’s non-stop!
What types of assignments / creative briefs do you get excited about or you are attracted to most?
Fashion a lot of the time, you can really go crazy creatively with fashion, however I also love shooting my brother’s band, I go to almost every gig and see them every day hanging out so they almost ignore my camera now, I feel like I really capture them how they are and it’s fascinating (Band: The Last Dinosaur)
How do you describe your style, Also if you have a central theme of your work how would you describe it?
I think my work tends to be pretty light and airy, there is always an air of freedom, especially with my fashion work. My personal/self portraiture can tend to be darker because I’m in a position where I can capture my mood so the photo can be light or dark depending how i’m feeling. I think the main thing my work displays throughout is where I live, the elements, the fields, the woods, the long grass, the poppies…whatever where I live has to offer. I would have to say that the picture below best sums up my style.
What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your work?
Most surprising…the amazing messages and comments I get from people about my work, it makes me smile everyday and I truly appreciate the following I have, they’re wonderful! The most predictable…this industry is anything but predictable!
Could you tell us something about your work process? How do you start? How long do you work on it? What mediums do you work in and which one do you enjoy the most?
It depends what i’m photographing, I shoot fashion/bands/weddings/self portraits/documentary/portraiture/events…you get where i’m going. I think for the most part I have to be drawn to what i’m taking a photo of, if that’s there then the rest falls in to place. My favourite genre would be documentary and fashion, quite a mix so it satisfies my creative interest.
In what way do you use the Internet? What role does the computer play in your work?
A massive part, the social networks are the reason I get any work at all, it allows the world to see what I do, and if anyone likes it, then it’s all down to being able to share it! More than that it allows me to grow, learn from others and be inspired!
What is one of your earliest memories of being creative?
Acting and singing I think, as a child I loved to act, I grew up around creativity so naturally I was drawn to it, acting was something that was very important to me for a long time through my childhood which included putting on endless plays for…well anyone that would watch! My earliest would probably be singing along to the ‘holiday tape’ my dad made which we would listen to on long trips.
What would you have done differently during your career so far and what advice would you offer to others?
I will always advise young photographers to learn with self portraiture or starting a 365 project (a photo a day for 365 days), it allows you to learn and grow and find you style! What would I have done differently, definitely start earlier, I came to it later (20) as I was studying film, I wish i’d have figured out this is what I wanted to do in my early teens.
Would you advise people starting off in your field to continue in education and develop, or go out into the world and learn in the field?
Personally, and this is only personally, I would say go out into the world! I think self taught photographers have more of a personal style and essence in there photography, discovering how to take a photo you like is the best way as apposed to being taught…but that is just my personal preference.
Do you know of any websites links that other creatives like yourself might find useful?
What other thoughts would you like to share?
Take photos everyday, capture everything in sight and remember it all!
Are you interested in being contacted for freelance work?
Do you have any software training relevant to your field?
I am self taught in all aspects of my photography including lighting and photoshop, however I feel this is a benefit.
If you would like to view more of Alexandra’s work then feel free to view the links below
Email Address: alexandracameron(at)hotmail.co.uk