Two adjectives that describe your photography style?
I think serene and relaxing describes my photographs pretty well. I like to take pictures with reflections and sunrises especially out in nature. Those types of pictures are calming to me. I want to leave the viewer feeling peaceful and with a sense of solitude, especially as we live such busy lives nowadays.
What is your biggest motivation?
I love being outdoors. I love hiking and getting that feeling of awe as I look out on top a mountain or stand in front of a lake in the early hours. Even going to the same place several times doesn’t get old because the light or other elements are constantly changing. It’s like seeing it for the first time. Being outside is something I’m passionate about and sharing those experiences just seemed like the next step.
What’s on your “Bucket List”?
I have some landscape places I’d like to shoot still in Korea. One of my favorite places to visit in Korea is Seoraksan but I have yet to be on top of the mountain for sunrise. I’d like to go there for a long weekend sometime. But actually my next goal this summer is to start shooting portraits. I really want to start taking pictures of people. Being able to direct people and pose them and find the right lighting is, I think, a good skill to have above just shooting landscapes.
Best thing you’ve learned while living abroad…
Always look for opportunities. Cliché I know, but some of the most memorable things I’ve done wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t seized the occasion. I shot some runway fashion in Seoul back during SFW that was completely out of my element. It was challenging but rewarding as well. I can’t say that my pictures turned out amazing but it was fun to try something different and I know now what I’d do differently next time.
Your best work so far…
I feel like my pictures are getting better as I develop my skills but I don’t think I’ve done my best work yet. I’m consistently learning and refining my work. There are some things I’m happy with and others I sort of cringe looking back at. I’m constantly looking at it and trying to find ways I can make it better, whether it is the composition or in the post processing. I guess that goes back to what motivates me, haha.
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