We are coming into that festive season and unless you are an event photographer you may have your self a couple of weeks worth of holidays. Why not try a personal project like embarking on some self portraits. Shannon’s self portraits should inspire you to come up with something a little different. Who know you might be able to use one of your portraits on a RAW interview one day. What are your thoughts about Shannon’s self portraits, have you done some yourself, leave a comment below.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up loving fairytales. I loved to get lost in the books and movies that were created from pure imagination. As a child, I would always imagine that I was going to a far away land with dragons, witches, fairies and mermaids and as I got older it was harder and harder to imagine these things. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Edinboro University where I graduated with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I took a job in my field as an Audiology Technician in 2008. I realized soon after taking this job that it did not feed my hunger for creativity, so I picked up my camera. I learned that I could create worlds that were surreal and whimsical like the fairytales I loved so much as a child! Suddenly, I found myself using my imagination again! It was as if a void was filled and I was so elated that I was able to create photos with feelings and emotions that I, and hopefully others, could get lost in.
What made you get into photography?
A few years ago I saw some photographers posting their photos online and I was hooked. Their photos were different, they were surreal and full of emotion. I felt an attachment to these photos and I could relate to them! It is amazing how a single photo can do so much to one person! It was then that I decided that I really wanted to try out my skills and see if I had what it took to be a photographer.
How did you get started?
I actually started back in High School. We used film cameras and even had a darkroom. I would take my study halls to develop all of my photos. I took as many photography classes as I was allowed and loved every single second of it! I got my first DSLR for Christmas about three years ago from my boyfriend and have been hooked on that ever since.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I adore creating self-portraits that are whimsical and surreal.
What gear are you using?
I started out with a Nikon D60 but recently purchased the Nikon D5100. I use the 50mm lens along with the 18-200mm, my tripod and a remote!
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens would have to be the 50mm. I love the depth it gives to a photograph though it did take me a long time to get use to the manual focus and the lack of being able to zoom in and out.
How are you marketing yourself?
I actually use flickr and facebook a lot. I also set up a web site of my own at www.shannonchristine.4ormat.com. I really feel that flickr and facebook work the best since I am able to communicate with people a bit more often. I like being able to talk with people and communicate more on those sites. It’s nice to be able to have people more involved and I feel like flickr and facebook help me do that everyday!
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
My favorite photo has to be, “Not Pictured.” It has a lot of meaning to me. It symbolizes that sometimes, you have to erase certain things out of your life (that’s why my face is missing in the frame). The cape is so large and dark because even though you may let go of certain things from your life, the memories are still floating around. I realized recently that I had to let go of something that had meant a lot to me for many years. It was almost haunting to me. I decided to vent it though my photo and I am so please with the results!
The other photo titled, “Thrown in All Directions” has to be another favorite of mine. It was after I was in a car accident and really had a lot going on in my life. It really did feel like I was thrown in all directions!
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
I think the best Advice I can give to you is DON’T ever let someone tell you that you can’t accomplish your dreams of being photographer. If you have passion about what you do, then do it, never let anyone hold you back! Get yourself out there and be prepared for the good and the bad and keep yourself motivated. Surround yourself with people that you will never have to “erase” out of your life and always believe in yourself. Make sure you set goals and accomplish them! I know that if you do these things, you will go far!