Well, we finally got time to start our Featured Photographer series. We thought it would be a great way to highlight photographers and it’s our small way of giving back to those who inspire us. To every photographer that sent us your information, we still have you on our list! To everyone else, check out our previous blog to find out how to sign up!
I’m really excited about this one. I read Alex Beadon’s blog daily and absolutely love her work. She creates stunning images and clearly pushes herself to think outside of the box. Alex has a way of capturing beauty all around her and I personally can’t get enough of it. Her website is a great source of inspiration on those days when you are just in a funk!
I asked her some questions about inspiration, photography style and fashion. She came back with some amazing advice for any photographer. Thank you Alex!
Be sure to check Alex’s website: http://www.alexbeadonphotography.com/
You can also find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abeadon
All images in this post have been provided by Alex so we can show off some of her work.
What made you fall in love with photography? Has it always been a passion of yours?
My love for photography has been a gradual, ever-growing thing. At first it began as something I really liked when I was 14, it then turned into a hobby by the time I was 18, and quickly from there it turned into a life-altering passion. Photography is something that is so important to me and such a big part of who I am. I realise now that I love it for two main reasons – it’s ability to document the world as we know it today. This is such a powerful ability and not one that I take lightly. And secondly for it’s ability to take you into a whole other world. It’s ability to make you feel something. It’s ability to allow you to create something new of something old. That’s what made me fall in love with photography.
You have a unique sense of style in your photos, what advice would you give to other photographers who are looking for their own personal style?
My two pieces of advice to other photographers would be the following:
1) Find inspiration in the world around you, but don’t let it dictate what you create.
Whether it’s from admiring another photographer’s work, watching a really great movie or listening to the lyrics of a beautiful song. Find the things that speak to you, admire them, let them inspire you, but don’t try to be them or create something that you’re not. I spent a while trying to produce images that looked very similar to what lots of other photographers were producing and then I finally woke up one day and realised that being like everyone else is not being true to myself. I have a lot of respect for artists who go out there, do their thing, and look within themselves to see what comes out creatively. They produce a level of work that is of a much higher quality. Their photos are much more artistic and unique and you can tell that they have a strong connection to their art, which I think is so important. Be yourself. Not everyone will like it, but that’s okay, because at least you’ll be staying true to yourself.
2) Shoot for yourself. Every single photographer I know who runs a business and somehow finds the time to shoot for themselves has told me that it has been SO beneficial, not just personally but also professionally. It has helped define their style, helped them be creative with their photography, helped them to remember what made them fall in love with photography in the first place. If I only shot what I was paid to shoot my style would not be as defined as it is today, and I still feel like I have a long way to go, but at least I know that I’m on my way – I’m getting there. Whether it’s photographing your own children instead of someone else’s children, or whether it’s shooting a street photography project or photographing landscapes – do it! Get out there and shoot to your hearts content.
What is your favorite type of photography?
I don’t think I could ever decide on just one. I love amazing street photography. It really speaks to me. It’s something that I’ve never done, and something that I’m not sure if I could ever be very good at, but something I would love to pursue personally. The most fun type of photography for me is creative, conceptual portraiture. I’m not sure if it’s just a stage but I really love a photo that tells a story, a photo that has a particular theme, a photo that you can tell the photographer/model/creative team put a lot of effort into.
Your photography seems very fashion driven. Have you always had an interest in fashion?
Honestly, everyone has always said that my photography seems very fashion driven but the truth is that I never intended for it to be fashion driven and I never had a strong interest in fashion, although I have always been inspired by fashion images. Now that I’m getting older and finding my feet I have opened up the possibility of fashion photography and am trying to discover whether it’s for me or not. Only the future will tell :).
Who do you look to for inspiration?
If you wanted the full list it would go on forever.. but my biggest inspiration comes from the people directly around me. My parents, my sister, my boyfriend, my best friends. They are all amazing people and inspire me constantly.
Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?
Live your life as if it’s impossible to fail!