My name is Hope Little aka @hopeyonekenobi and I am a 22 year old freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, NV. I haven’t quite discovered my niche just yet, but I am proficient at self-portraits, conceptualized portraiture, landscapes, neon, and I really love shooting at night or in low-light conditions. I have no limits to what I can do, it’s all about experimentation baby!
There is no real method to my madness, I sometimes will be sitting, twiddling my thumbs and out of nowhere I will have some epic idea that gets me off my butt and scrambling to find my camera. This is my first piece of advice to you; if an idea comes to you, execute it immediately before all passion and motivation towards it dissipates. You’ll thank me later. My second tip is to bring your camera with you everywhere! Some of my best shots happened during an outing with friends bar hopping downtown.
I’d also like to stress that you don’t need the most expensive gear to create something original. I used to be intimidated by fellow photographers because they had the latest and greatest. My third tip is that photography is about how you use what you have. This is something I found I had to learn, the photographer is the talent, the camera is the tool you use to express that talent.
My next piece of advice is to be creative with what you carry around with you while you shoot. I shoot with a CanonT6i and my favourite lens is the 50mm 1.8, but, my secret weapons in my camera bag include;
- A pink fluorescent light from Wal-Mart ($5)
- A colourful kaleidoscope lens (gifted to me)
- A yellow, silk sheet (found in my boyfriend’s linen closet)
- A mini bubble machine ($7)
These items help me achieve the dreamy and moody vibe in my work. I also do all of my editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.
When shooting, I definitely recommend shooting somewhere that you are comfortable with, especially when you are first starting out and getting used to your camera functions. This will help you focus on your craft while maneuvering through the space. My favourite location to shoot is in my bedroom. It’s definitely a place of comfort yet super functional! Get crafty with your own space!
My last piece of advice here is to do the things you want to do, chase the dreams you think you can't catch and most importantly, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I was let go from my fancy, luxury watch selling job in March 2017 and decided to go after my dreams. I took hundreds of pictures and created my own website for my work, which allowed me to work for myself and create the images I couldn't have imagined were possible. It has been a challenging journey that was well worth it.
Just know that anything is possible with hard work, passion, and determination.
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