The last interview for the year will hopefully get your creative juices flowing. Yamille is a conception photographer who also does a fair share of self portraits. Something you should all give a go during the Christmas break. Share some of your photos from the Christmas break with me and i’ll do a post of the best ones early next year.
Next year the interviews will start up again with some new questions. I’m also going to be introducing more videos and tutorials. I have some great things planned which will begin almost immediately in the new year. I want to thank you all for reading, commenting and sharing it’s been an amazing year and RAW has grown so much. I will do some light posting over the Christmas new years break as I’ll be away shooting some footage for RAW made possible by Tamron, Lowepro and Cokin. Fun fun fun! Have a Very Merry Christmas, and safe holiday season.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name’s Yamille (90% of the people pronounce it wrong), i’m 22 and i live in Aguascalientes, a small city in the middle of Mexico but i’m always traveling so i would say that i am pretty much everywhere. After 4.5 long years, i’ve just finished my Graphic Design degree and i’m ready to move somewhere else to pursuit further my photography career. I can’t sleep before 4am, Silverchair is my favorite band ever, i’m vegan and i have an awesome camera tattoo on my left arm.
What made you get into photography?
Turning images in my head into reality. I am fascinated with creating scenarios and powerful characters to tell stories. I tried painting and drawing before but i don’t feel i’m good enough with pencils and brushes, so now i just use them for sketching my ideas in my pre-production process.
How did you get started?
It just happened. At the age of 16 i realized i could do more with my camera than just taking pictures of bands playing live, so i started to use my friends as models and also making self-portraits. Being part of the music scene here (i used to play in a band) made things easier and soon after that, i started getting commissioned work for other musicians and bands in the area that liked what they saw on my Myspace.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Conceptual portraits and self-portraits. I am also my own make-up artist and stylist.
What gear are you using?
I currently use a Nikon D5000, along with Nikkor lenses, lighting equipment (strobes, softboxes, umbrellas) and a tripod when i’m doing self-portraits. But to be honest, i don’t care that much about the equipment.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite would have to be the 50mm, hands down. Versatile, compact, affordable and perfect for portraits.
How are you marketing yourself?
Mostly through social media (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and my blog), i also try to keep my website updated as frequently as possible. And of course, there’s nothing like word of mouth advertising.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Well, it changes all the time, but “Breathing Lessons” challenged me as a photographer like no other last year, not just technically but also emotionally and was one of the main pieces of my third solo exhibition, making an impact in my career. I also love “At the end of the world” because is a clear example of being at the right place at the right time.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
First of all, practice. Experiment with everything, play with lights, read books. Try to become better everyday, take challenges. And most important, believe in yourself and in your work, but be patient and remember, hard work always pays off.