As it’s the start of a new year , there’s no better time to take up a new hobby and set yourself some achievable and exciting goals for the year. We have reached out to the fabulous Christie who has told us a little about her and her photography, which started as a hobby but today is much more!
Christie of Brahma Studios works closely with those beginning new business adventures and specialises in photography, videography and graphic design. We adore her ‘photography for the wild folk’ which you can checkout on her instagram here!
Over to Christie…
Photography and design experience to date
I began experimenting with photography from a relatively young age. My dad had an old Olympus OM-1 that he let me play around with, I’d snap up some point and shoot bargains from charity shops and some cheap film from the pound shop. I really enjoyed the developing process and that the results were always really exciting and unique.
How I got into photography and design
I actually don’t have a definitive answer for this one. I was definitely the creative one of my family, possibly a trait I got from my dad and grandad. I was always doodling, painting, writing and then came the camera.
What inspires me?
My inspiration often comes from the places I visit – especially coastal areas. I particularly love Cornwall and it’s rugged coastline, I’m really lucky to live in the south west and have the coast so close to me. I always feel inspired when I get back from a successful trip away. I’ve just got back from Bali, it’s such an inspirational place, I came back with lots of ideas.
The equipment I used when I was a beginner
I had a relatively basic SLR when I started college, before this I was using a bog standard camera that my parents bought me for school trips, it was probably about 5 mega pixels!
An entry level SLR will do just fine, cameras are so advanced now it all depends what you want to achieve, decide your budget and talk to photographers about their experiences with their kit. Once you’ve bought your camera, maybe go to a few workshops on how to use it, personally I find it’s so much easier to learn from playing around with your gear rather than reading a manual.
Again, workshops are really useful for this. So book yourself into one to learn the basics, I have learnt A LOT from other people teaching me their tricks.
Once you’re comfortable with your kit, go out and find your inspiration, I have covered a range of subjects over my time, including fashion, portraiture, landscapes and more recently food!
I found that getting out of my comfort zone was really rewarding, as someone who is naturally shy, meeting up with models was unthought of. I forced myself to break out of the comfort and meet people, message small companies and even get involved with competitions, something a few years ago I would never have dreamt doing.
In life I believe you should find what you love doing and really explore it, whether it’s photography, dance, a sport, writing poetry, travel, there is so much out there to really get stuck into.
We are very fond of Christie’s work, and hope that if you haven’t already, you feel inspired to wake-up tomorrow morning and pursue something new and totally thrilling!
Don’t forget to have a peak at Brahma Studios website for extra inspiration!
Still looking for a new hobby? Take a peak at our post ‘ONA by Agne: Luxury Knitwear and Homeware Designer’, all about giant knitwear and knitting! We think we might take it up, it’s very cool!