Today we’d like to introduce you to Frankie Hildebrand.
Frankie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started shooting photos during May of 2016. At the time, I was 19, still in college making ends meet working at a coffee shop. I grew up in a really small town called Placerville (near Lake Tahoe) & would drive 2.5 hours to San Francisco twice per week over summer to shoot with models since there weren’t really any in my small town. I remember checking my phone when the coffee shop was slow and seeing all the notifications come through from Instagram.
Maybe after a month or two of that I left my coffee shop job and started shooting photos for brands full time. I moved out of Placerville & lived in SF for the next year where my friends and I operated a content agency sort of managing other kids on Instagram shooting the same stuff as me for brands. Things got crazy busy as Instagram continued to grow so I left school to focus on all of this. Now I live in a house in Laguna Beach with my 4 best friends where we’re just constantly creating. It all feels very surreal still.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Photos for me just happened to be the vehicle to get me out of school and a normal life. I’m so passionate about the idea of creating something that just affects people. Whether it’s photos, videos, clothes, tech – If I can make something that never existed prior and inspire someone to do what I did, make them feel something, or distract them from their life my job feels complete. I just feel like we live in such a dark world, anything that can be my platform to be a light towards others I can get behind. In my opinion, everyone’s here for a reason & I want to inspire people to find that reason.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Instagram has been the best tool for me to meet other creative people. I don’t think I have anyone in my life who I haven’t met from that app. It’s kind of crazy actually.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Right now it’s all just on my Instagram @frankiehildebrand. I run an agency sort of behind the scenes (not officially out there) with one of my best friends so that content is everywhere but it’s not directly tied to us. The past few months have been very focused on brand work & not so much on my personal Instagram work but I’m started to get back at it again now.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankiehildebrand/
All of the shots in the colorful jackets & with the pink couch are shot by Garrett Seamans – @phylm on Instagram. I’m the guy in the photos & Twee Grant is the girl modeling with me – @bbytwee on Instagram.