We had a talk with Alexandra Sophie about her inspiration, her motivation and how to become a worldwide photographer working for the biggest brands and magazines in the world.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Alexandra Sophie, I’m a photographer and artist from France, living in the French countryside with my husband and two young sons.
You are a successful artist working worldwide and a mother and wife as well, all from a young age. How do you keep your enthusiasm and inspiration flowing?
First, thank you for your kind words! Balancing working from home, homeschooling, travelling solo for jobs and with my family for fun… it’s a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed but taking time to recenter and connect with your deep feelings is important to remember who you are and what you have to say and spread.
From an active deviantArt member to making photography for the biggest magazines worldwide!How does it feel?
Never enough! It feels never enough! That’s a problem.
Let’s start from the beginning, how did you get into photography?
I started photography when I was a child, when my parents would give me disposable cameras to bring back memories from school trips. That’s how I first fell in love! I had to stop school when I was very young, and soon photography took up all of my time. I started shooting friends and meeting people on the internet to photograph them. Somehow I ended up here!
How would you describe your personal style and how did you find it?
I never searched for any peculiar style. I just kept shooting what I love, and it was here. It’s evolving with each photo I shoot. It’s a living thing.
The choice of colours seems to be very important to you. How do you decide what mood you will give to a photograph and which colours to use?
It’s a general feeling. It can also depend on the assignment, if it’s commissioned work.
How did you learn photography techniques and editing?
By taking photos and editing. I frequently discover new stuff. It’s fun.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I would say again that it’s a general feeling. What I want to say, what I want to express. What I feel and want to shout out, as a woman, a girl, a mother.
Do you have any photographers whose work you admire?
Sally Mann, Alain Laboile...
What is your photography equipment?
A DSLR and a 50mm.
What are you working on right now?
A book (shh!). And a lot of fashion work.
How can someone purchase your art? And how can people follow your work?
Prints and goodies are available at http://www.redbubble.com/people/alexandrasophie
Signed fine art prints can be ordered by contacting me.
Interview: Georgia Kikou