This week’s photographer interview for my weekly photographer feature on Penny Laine is with Teresa Q. One thing that I learned Teresa and I have in common is that while we both want to make money from photography; we do not want to become wedding photographers and be forced to take photos that belong in a certain niche. It is better to be able to take photos that are creative and be true to yourself.
How old are you?
I’m 23 years old.
Where are you originally from?
Planet Earth, but I like to travel. :)
When did you discover your interest in photography?
Back in 2004, I guess. That’s when I started photographing.
Who or what influenced you to be a photographer?
No one influenced me, really. I just really liked it… and it grew on me. I’m really passionate about it nowadays.
Did something or someone in particular spark your interest in photography? How did you get started?
There was nothing in particular. I know it sounds pretty uninteresting, but it’s true. I started by playing around doing fashion photo shoots of a friend of mine, basically. We both liked it so, we would play dress up and I would take pictures of her and she would take pictures of me. It was really fun, actually. Girls will be girls! ahaha And it just went on from there, really.
Who are some photographers that you like that inspire you?
Well, there are many and they are constantly changing depending on my current interests. Right now, I think: Aela Labbe, Vins Baratta, Alison Scarpulla, Violaidi, Matt Hill, Anna Inghardt, Hui+, Ann H. – ugh, many many many….
Do you have/are you working on a degree in photography or are you self taught?
I’m self taught.
Is photography your career? If not do you plan on turning it into your career some day?
It isn’t my career but, of course, I would love to work in photography, just not shooting weddings or door knobs… ahaha. Anything that would allow me being creative and still being me would be wonderful, though.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
People – honest and quirky people… maybe some dishonest ones too. :)
Where do you find and how do you instruct your models?
My models are usually friends. Since I’m an actress, most of them are actresses as well. How do I instruct them… well, most of the times I really strive for them to give me something real. I ask them to focus on an emotion or to imagine a certain situation, and usually I just tell them to keep moving so that I can photograph moments. I really do love emotive portraits – when you can feel something looking at it, when you can relate to the mood of it, that’s what I love. And if I can make it beautiful, feminine and whimsical… I will.
What type of acting do you do?
I’m a theater actress mainly, although I’ve done some short films as well.
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me. I can be inspired by a story, a person, a quote, a song, a mood, an emotion, a piece of clothing, a good hair day… anything really. The usual common factor, though, is light. I love light and there is nothing like sunbeams shining through. It’s just… magic.
Future photography goals?
Making money out of photography without selling my identity.
What kind of camera do you use? Do you dabble with different types or stick to one old faithful camera?
I use my analog camera as much as I can – every time I have the money, that’s another way to put it. :) It is a Zenit-11. For everything else I use my Canon 400D… For now, at least, I don’t think I’m settling on these two.
Do you think that the price of the camera affects the quality of the pictures that it takes?
It depends I guess. It depends, for instance, on the type of image you want to get from your camera. Of course you have really expensive cameras that take marvelous pictures, either film or digital. But at the end of the day I do believe that creativity and passion are the main ingredients to get a good picture.
What do you think makes a photographer a good photographer?
Hum.. Good question. I have no idea. ahahah What is a good photographer, really? There are so many and so different… we are all so many and so different people. It depends on what you like, I guess.
Do you believe that film photography will be replaced by digital photography?
No, I don’t. Even though I believe that digital is here to stay, since it’s cheaper and quicker than film, film will always be film. It is just magical. It’s so different to shoot film… film has soul. I just love it. I’d totally be an activist if it ever was to be extinct!
Do you have any advice for someone who is aspiring to become a photographer?
Yeah… Have fun!
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