So your dad was a photographer, did you always know you wanted to pursue photography?
Growing up, I always knew I loved doing anything that involved creativity or an artistic ability. I was constantly drawing and painting, but also loved beautiful fashion, furniture, etc. However when I started working with my dad, I definitely looked at it as work. I remember carrying heavy bags, walking for what felt like miles, and being exhausted by the end. Because it was such hard work, I think I sort of shy’d away from it for a while. It wasn’t until a year after my dad retired, and I was 19, that I decided to consider it as a profession. I started off by doing a few photo shoots of friends for cheap, and I remember there being a huge learning curb. Although my Dad taught me a lot, creativity has to come natural and from within. I remember editing a photo shoot of an engaged couple, and finally finding the editing style I’d been envisioning, and everything clicked. From there, I was addicted and could not get enough.
You have an incredibly candid style of shooting. Did it take you a long time to develop your style? It is beautiful and very documentary.
I may have slightly answered this question in my previous answer, but I will elaborate a little more. My candid style definitely comes from being the candid photographer all those years with my Dad. When I started doing photography on my own, I would say it took me about a year to combine candid with posed in a way that felt comfortable to me. Although you may be able to envision what you want your final product to look like, figuring out what to say to clients and how to loosen them up is definitely the hardest part.
Who and what have influenced your work the most?
Besides my Dad, I have been inspired by Simply Bloom, Jose Villa, Elizabeth Messina, and Samm Blake. Samm Blake is a current favorite of mine.
photo by Samm Blake
What is your favorite thing to photograph? Weddings vs. Bridals, Products, Food, etc?
This is a tough one.. it really depends on my mood! Maybe weddings.. but only by a slight margin. This is because weddings are so emotional and each wedding has a different vibe that is different from anybody else’s wedding. Although I am a hired vendor, I usually feel like I am a part of the wedding because I am constantly capturing everybody’s faces and ambiance throughout the day. Because I travel from state to state often for weddings, I am always left with a different view on people’s lifestyles.
When do you know you have got the shot?
I love this question because I have talked about it quite a bit with other people. I know when I feel it. It’s so hard to explain, but when I look through a camera lens, some of it is calculated/scientific, but standing in the right spot, at the right height, with the right balance, is honestly just a feeling inside, and I click the shutter right at that moment.
What’s your editing process like? Do you like to edit your work right after you take the photos?
I would LOVE to edit my photos right after they’re taking, but I usually ask for 2-4 weeks to get things done, just because the shoots build up and I usually have a long list of shoots to edit on any given day.
I notice that you will travel to shoot weddings. What is your favorite part of traveling for weddings? Has it taken you to many cool places?>
This is my favorite part about my job. Although I often fly out, shoot the wedding, and fly home the next day, I always leave feeling like I got a pretty good idea of the particular destination because my clients often do such a good job of picking their venues. I have the privilege of being in some of the most beautiful locations in the world, at the most beautiful hours of the day, on one of the happiest days of people’s lives. Although traveling is stressful and flying can be a nightmare, there’s nothing that compares to that.
Do you ever use your phone to take photos? If so, what do you use to edit your photos?
This may not be the best question for me because I don’t take photos on my phone very often. I usually just feel frustrated that I can’t adjust the settings the way I want and give up. But when I do, I use VSCO.
What is one word you would use to describe your photography style? (We love it by the way.)
Thank you so much!! I am not sure what other people see when they look at my work, but my goal is to portray true “emotion” and touch the human spirit with my work.
What is the most rewarding thing about your work?
It’s probably a tie between seeing the finished product up on my blog, and my clients’ happiness.
What kind of camera do you use?
Canon 5D Mark III.
Photographs copyright Alixann Lossle Photography