A day with LA Photography’s Lorraine Alberto
Lorraine embodies the idea that photography is all about showing people just how beautiful they are. Her pictures are simple yet exquisite; changing her approach to highlight the strengths of the individual(s) in front of her. I was luck enough to have a sit down with Lorraine, where we explored her love of photography and how she balances it with being a student.
Who is Lorraine?
I am a photographer and student. I love spending time with family and friends, but I’m also someone that loves spending time at home. I spend my time catching up on series or watching YouTube videos. So perhaps one can say I’m shy, although I love people. As a photographer I enjoy capturing unexpected moments; the simple things that bring us joy.
Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs? How do you get your photographs to do that?
Beauty: I want my customer to feel beautiful, and that is what I wish to accomplish with my photos. I do not use Photoshop as I want my customers to see that they are beautiful the way they are; I want them to feel proud and show these pictures to everyone.
Is photography a hobby? Or do you plan to make it a career?
As I’m still a student, photography is a hobby for now. However in future I wish for it to be a career. That would be great:)
Does your family support your photography?
I’m lucky yo have a very supportive family. My mom and dad are my biggest supporters. They support me more than anyone, even myself.
What technology/software/camera gear do you use?
As stated before I do not use Photoshop. My camera is a Nikon. It’s pretty old, so I hope to get a new one soon. Hopefully in future I will be able to afford all the equipment I secretly wish for:)
What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?
People motivate me. At times I think about giving up photography as I get very insecure about my work. Lack of proper equipment stops me from giving my clients the quality I believe they deserve. This leaves me very disheartened. But I keep at it because I genuinely love photography. I also don’t want to disappoint my clients; their positive messages keep me motivated.
Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
Victoria Ashipala, a Namibian photographer, was the first photographer that influenced my craft. I love her photography, her creativity and how she has grown a successful brand. Having said that, I stopped looking at the work of other photographers once I began photography. This is because I want my photos to be my true interpretation and not that of others. I want my work to reflect my work and my path to success. I want my photography to take me to new heights.
What would you tell an aspiring photographer?
I would tell them two things:
- Be yourself,
- Have a passion for photography
Photography, like any other art form, should be your true interpretation of what you think pictures should be. Trying to copy a style will only leave you frustrated. And that is why you also need to have a passion for it. You can’t do photography simply because it’s a trend; you should love it and have fun doing it.
Provide us a sample of your work
Where can people find you on social media?
Facebook: L.A Photography
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