1) What made you want to become a photographer?
Photography seemed to be an option out of the 9-5 grind I see so many people in, I couldn’t accept a way of life that didn’t allow me to be in a constant state of freedom. At an early age all I’d ever do was doodle characters in the back of the class and ignore whatever the teachers were preaching. My focus was only ever on art and keeping myself entertained, this is probably why I failed miserably in school. Doodling characters didn’t seem like a viable source of income so I managed to learn my way around a camera until my craft was tuned properly for reimbursement. So I suppose the love for art , in any form, will always be the reason why I proceed to do anything in my life.
2) What do you enjoy about working with The Numa Network?
Passionate people. Surrounding myself with people who are eager to create and evolve are key to my existence! NUMA seems to be filled with people always eager to create, this is a lovely experience to encounter.
3) How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
Constantly making mistakes! Some of my most promising style traits came from trying new things and thinking outside of the box. Believe it or not there’s no real formula on how to take better pictures once you understand the basics of a camera and composure. “Better pictures” are so subjective to the eyes that are viewing them.
4) Whose work has influenced you the most?
David LaChapelle has undoubtedly been my source of inspiration ever since I picked up a camera. He has a certain shock factor that resonates so well with me.
5) What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Nothing at all, My path has had it’s ups and downs that I passionately cherish. If I were to excuse any of the downs I would not be half the photographer I am today. What’s a story without the struggle?
Photographer: Teaghan McGinnis