Say hello to Alessandra :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I was born and raised in Brazil, and have always lived around São Paulo. I frequently travel with my family to all kinds of places. I’ve been to Mexico, France, Dominican Republic, Chile, Italy, United States, Switzerland, England and The Caribbean.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
I am pretty much an indecisive person when it comes to choosing favorites. I can say that the best place in the world is the World itself, because of the wide variety of sights, cultures, food and people. Overall, I am always in love with the place I’m in!
How would you describe your visual style?
My style consists in taking the best out of what I am putting my focus on. I don’t have a fixed subject – I prefer to be in constant change, so wherever I’m pointing my camera, that will be my style.
How do you find your inspiration?
Most of my work comes from my mind. I do not intend to follow anyone’s path but my own. Nevertheless, it is always good to look through other photographer’s works. Nowadays, social media is covered with eye-catching pictures. On a daily basis, I scroll through Instagram and Pinterest – that makes me keep in touch with photography styles, and sometimes, learn something new. I like to read some photography content as well, whether it’s books, articles or blog posts – there is always something that you might be missing out on!
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
Sometimes, I just don’t feel like taking pictures anymore – I lose all my disposition to shoot and get lost in discouragement. Overcoming that might be a little more difficult than thought, getting it all going on again may arouse some terrible laziness. The key to recover your creativity is to get out there and visit some place new, whether it is your neighbor’s garden or a whole new country. Seeing the world with fresh eyes can bring astonishing ideas and a whole new experience to record. Another thing worth mentioning is not to be too self-critical – your work might not come out exactly the way you wanted, but patience is the key to perfection.
What sparked your interest in photography? How did you get started?
My first time taking pictures was in eighth grade at the age of 13 – I used to have art classes and the subject that time was photography. The whole class got me amazed. I enjoyed every detail of it and wanted to try it out as soon as possible. Then I went to a field trip, and took a bunch of pictures that encouraged me to continue. My lovable parents got me a starter camera, and as my results got better, on my 15th birthday, I got my D5300, which I use to this day.
What types of photography do you do?
Honestly, I don’t have a determined type, I tend to expand my gallery’s range through always trying something new. Therefore, there isn’t a favorite yet, because all of them are special in their own way. One modality I really enjoy is sport photography, especially surfing.
I took this portrait on a train on my way to Switzerland – there was something special about his look, and I wanted to imprint his feeling.
What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?
Not having fancy equipment such as tripods or expensive, professional lenses may pose some difficulties, but that has never put me down. Sometimes, boundaries can be faced as challenges to improve my work. There may be some trouble as well when it comes to being young. Some people don’t take my dedication seriously, and try to detain me. It will never stop me from doing what I want.
Of the photos you’ve taken, which three are your favorite?
This picture was taken on a very happy and beautiful day at the beach of Maresias. My cousin had just waken up and I decided to take a picture of her and her bright eyes. It calls my attention because of the colorfulness and the serene mood.
Those are my beloved grandmothers, and this picture was taken on the best trip ever. They made me a surprise by being my company on my 15th birthday in Paris – that day was amazing.
This picture means a lot to me. People say ladybugs can bring luck, and it indeed brought me incredible things, such as being called to be featured on this amazing blog! The image also reminds me that the smallest things are owners of a huge beauty.
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
The field is pretty massive, so standing out is a bit hard. Since the invention of digital cameras, everyone can bring out their inner artist. Being true to myself is the secret. Every photographer has their own way of seeing the world, the difference is from eye to eye. Creativity is the most important component to stand out from the others, noteworthiness is only a consequence from following your own path.
What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?
Always remember that good photography does not rely on expensive cameras and lenses – the talent is in yourself and you can only improve through practicing a lot. Be open minded, try everything that comes from your mind, and don’t give up when things turn out differently from what you intended.
How do you express yourself through your photography?
When photographing, I often imprint the mood of the picture by the language of colors. Brighter and more vibrant colors are associated with happiness, and the darker and colder ones are commonly linked with a more serious state of mind. It’s not too rare to mirror the figure’s emotions when I’m out there shooting, I can feel what the model is expressing.
Being 16, do you plan on pursuing photography as a career? Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
I definitely intend to be in the art branch, but there is no assurance of my career. Five years from now, I hope to be growing as some content creator, and happily satisfied with my work. Even if photography doesn’t turn out as my job, it will always be a complete passion to me.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Travel to the continents I haven’t been yet. My ultimate goal is to visit a good part of this planet. There is something absolutely special about being in the foreign….
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