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Conversations with the Inspiring Linda Wang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Wang.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Linda. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ll be honest, I got started with my first point and shoot Kodak camera when I was in the 8th grade. I took it to NYC and DC with me on a spring break trip. I just kept taking pictures and realized I really liked the way things looked at certain angles and in a different light. I took yearbook my sophomore year of high school and fell in love with taking pictures more and more. I did all kinds of photography for it but mostly event photography and a lot of sports photography. They let us use Canon t3 Rebel I DSLRs so naturally, I bought one for myself. Eventually, I just started going to concerts when I was in college and I decided I wanted to try taking pictures of people on stage too. Ever since then, I’ve asked smaller bands if I could shoot or if I knew the venue allowed DSLRs I would take my camera with me and just shoot. A year ago, I upgraded from Marty, my t3 rebel, to the Canon 6D which I call Curtis. Now, I continue to shoot portraits, events, and concerts and I love every bit of it. I even love the long late nights staying up editing until I fall asleep.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Um, for the most part, it has been pretty smooth. I think I just got super lucky to come into contact with the artists and people I mostly shoot with now. I think the hardest part at all is getting opportunities to shoot for bigger artists when it comes to live concert photography. It has also been a challenge getting clients for portrait photography. Most of the portraits I’ve been shooting are with friends who have my shared creative ideas and we both usually just want to help one another bring those ideas to life. I love photography no matter what, whether I make money or not, but if you do plan to utilize photography as a tool to make money for yourself, don’t be afraid to get out there and make your name known and ask for what you think you deserve. My biggest struggle, I think, is I’m very bad at the whole business aspect of this gig. I talk to my friends constantly about session prices and everyone has told me I sell myself too short and yet I feel really weird about changing prices or overcharging. If you’re just starting out, make sure you find your photography eye, make sure you know what your visions are going to be for everyone you shoot and be ready to face clients, face the business head on, be ready to show up to your sessions no matter how far or how early. It is important to not sell yourself short and it is very important to network yourself and be friendly and be yourself.

What should we know about TheLindaWang Photography? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My main focus in photography is definitely live concert photography. I have come to really enjoy capturing the feelings of what is happening at a show versus just another picture of someone on stage in front of people. Music is a powerful thing and it brings people from all over together and I think it is important to capture all the emotions going on between the artists, the spectators, and even myself. I don’t shy away from other forms of photography. I do still love trying to do versatile forms of portraiture. I’ve done it all: dance, headshots, full makeup (glam or FX), wedding, etc. I love doing the more creative stuff, and if they turn out to be just a cute photoshoot then by all means, it became a cute photo shoot. Not every vision comes out the way we want, but it doesn’t mean something can’t come out of it at all. I think I am most proud that when people see my photos, they genuinely do like them and do get recognized as my photography. I don’t think I have really established a style of photography, but, even though it is mostly my friends who recognize them, it is cool when someone knows when I took a photo. I don’t know it feels really cool to know my photos kind of mean something to other people. I have seen drawings of my photos given to the artists I have shot for and it makes me really happy to know people liked my photos enough to want to replicate them in a different art form. I think what sets me apart from others is I’m not afraid to get the shot. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the picture(s) right. People have seen me do back bends trying to get a shot, I’ve crawled on the ground to get shots, I’ll do just about anything to get the best shot I can no matter if it is for a portrait or for a concert photo.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
My favorite book is S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders”. I don’t know why but I love that book so much. It has had an impact on the way I look at some things. My life isn’t as bad as I think it is somedays, so many people have it worse and they don’t complain. As far as apps, I think any social media helps me stay inspired, especially Instagram and Twitter because I see all this amazing art. Seeing all of the art makes me want to create more art and do their art but my way. I think it is important to be inspired and to try things other people have tried but to always find your own way, so that you aren’t a copycat. There are no original ideas, but there are always new ideas to build upon old ones. I don’t necessarily follow any blogs anymore but I do keep a writing blog or I have my notes filled with stuff I write. It isn’t often that I share my own writing with people but sometimes I do. I do spend a time being inspired by my own art yet also, like I mentioned above, by others and I think that’s that best thing about it.

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Image Credit:
(the guy with the guitar) dysn, (group photo) flor x lostboycrow on the cover of aspects magazine, (clapping photo) lostboycrow, (duo photo) prelow, (milk bath portrait model) promise renee havens, (shower flower portrait model) lydia tavera, (skull potrait model) jessica pulos (skull makeup) nairie aintablian

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