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Conversations with Talia Dinwiddie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Talia Dinwiddie.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was lucky enough to grow up with artistic and resourceful women as my role models. My grandmothers, mom, and aunts are all entrepreneurial with strong visual and creative talents- sewing, hairdressing, cooking, interiors design, graphic design, just a general love of beauty and craft. I even named my business after my grandmother’s address, Maryvine Street because thats where I fell in love with art and color! I studied photography at CSULB, where we focused on fine art and conceptual work, but now I mainly shoot commercially. Pre-pandemic, I shot in-house for brands like Cafe Gratitude, Gracias Madre, Modshop, and Eloquence Inc. Now that world has gone remote, I get to shoot at home in my little studio space and on location for so many amazing creators and companies!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Studying photography in college was a struggle for me! Asking my creative brain to develop concepts for shoots while still learning my tools was a challenge. I found myself constantly collecting inspiration but unable to technically achieve the desire looks in the time allotted for assignments. I look at that time now as a period of absorption! I was sponge, very happy to soak up all around me but producing very little. I left school before graduating, determined to learn at my own pace. This actually worked well and a short while later, I found myself the photographer for a fabulous midcentury furniture brand- Modshop. The feeling of my own office and studio space was like Christmas everyday, even if extra responsibilities and challenges came with it. Now, creating that feeling for myself through freelancing is its own challenge and joy. I’m so lucky to have a workspace at home, but now my home is full of props! I love having no commute, but I have to remind myself to take breaks! Learning about taxes, accounting, etc.?! It’s all a work in progress.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I use color and light to tell your product story! My photography style feels fresh, vibrant, and alive. Often using bold palettes, fresh ingredients, and fun props, I create images that help brands engage their audience. I also dabble in stop motion GIFs- those are always fun! I give clients the option of shooting together, so we know we love the outcome, or sending me their products to be shot on my own. I can’t decide what I like better- the magic that comes from collaboration in the moment or the creative freedom I get to run with while working solo. CBD, skincare, and supplements are some of the industries I find myself working in most often. I love these types of brands because I admire a creator that has a passion for helping others with their own nutritional knowledge. I’m especially proud to work with so many women-owned companies- particularly those in the once male-dominated Cannabis space.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I’d love to work with any creator who has a product they put their heart into! I want to help you develop content that your audience responds to and that you are proud to share! Let’s work together to make some photo magic.

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