Adrianne was awesome! She reached out before the shoot to discuss location, time, and our preferences. The day of the shoot was rainy and cold in NYC - Adrianne was not only a trooper, she encouraged us to make the most of the rainy day. Pictures ended up being that much more special. She’s truly talented and great to work with!!!
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GET TO KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER, ADRIANNE BELOW:
1.) What is your background? Were you always interested in pursuing an art career?
I grew up in an artistic family. My grandmother owner and operated the family business: Village Art Gallery. It's now being handled by my aunt, the youngest of three.
Having been exposed to art and art classes, I was inclined to create, but could not draw. That's when I found my love for photography. Different medium, but still art.
2.) How did you develop an interest towards photography?
I couldn't draw. Drawing, painting, was not something I was good at, nor had the patience to get better at. Until I found that I could take pictures, and capture photographs of things that interested me. I later moved on to photograph people, and have since been focused on wedding photography.
3.) Who were your biggest influences in your life and how did they inspire you?
Two of the biggest influences in my life are my grandmother and grandfather. They encouraged me and my art. My grandmother mainly because she turned her passion into a career, made money off of doing something she loved. My grandfather on the other hand taught me not to put all my eggs in one basket. A career in the arts doesn't always guarantee stability, so graduating with a BS in Business Administration had actually equipped me to go from working a typical 9-5 job to owning and managing my own business. As a team, they both taught me that education and the constant hunger for learning and being proactive in satisfying curiosities, being inquisitive about the world and people around you is what can take your inspiration into reality.
While I was in college, I was still pursuing photography by working with the studio called Ian Santillan. Another one of my mentors that taught me resilience, patience, and determination to get those "extra" shots. This guy once finished shooting a wedding with a broken rib, but only after the wedding did he decide to take himself to the hospital. That's dedication.
4.) What challenges did you come across during your career, how did you overcome it and what was your motivation to keep going?
You're not always going to please everyone. Take feedback and criticism and make improvements on what you believe is on brand, but don't put so much weight on what other people think. Like they say, compare leads to despair.
5.) What mistakes do you see mostly in beginner photographers? What advice would you give them to improve?
Beginner photographers fail to admit that they draw inspiration from other works of other photographers. In the beginning, you won't always have the most unique style, color grading, subject matter, etc so you look for ideas online, in museums, books, magazines, social media and the mistake that happens is the lack of acknowledgement of where that inspiration came from.
My advice is don't be afraid to draw inspiration from others, and give credit where credit is due. Imitation is the greatest for of flattery. Sometimes you can even come up or message the artist and let them know that you drew inspiration from them. I've made friends this way! And when you do start to narrow in on your style, don't be afraid to jump right into your visual experiments and stray away from what you once used to copy since you're starting to hone in on your own unique style.
6.) For you, what do you want to show in your photographs?
I want to show meaningful moments. That is the kind of work that I would like to evoke. Real stories and moments held in a still frame in time. We're so bombarded with fake social media posts. We've lost the candidness of life and have focus of Pinterest/Instagram perfectly curated feeds that sometimes we lose ourselves in the moment to technology.
I hope to continue capturing people unguarded, unafraid to feel.