Today we’d like to introduce you to Skylar Washington.
Hi Skylar, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My journey started ten years ago when my dad gifted me my first camera for a photography course I took in school. From that moment, I had a growing passion for capturing the world through my eyes. At a young age, I felt that it was important to learn and gain the skills that I needed to be successful through my work. I regularly took photography classes every school year to ensure that success. In those years, my camera became an extension of me and when I started college, I felt that I had all the tools and exposure I needed to be as confident in turning my hobby into a field of my professional work. In my sophomore year, I started Skylar the Photographer. I was given opportunities to work closely with brands, organizations, and individuals on campus which allowed me to enhance my talents for storytelling. From the projects, collaborations, and even projects I engaged in, my talent was evolving. I know that there is always room for improvement and growth and I am constantly open to constructive criticism and feedback from other photographers that inspire me. Today, I am currently getting my business license to launch my freelance hobby into a small business. I work closely with brands, small businesses, and individuals to capture their message and tell a compelling story through my art.
Alright, 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?
One of the most difficult things that I’ve experienced is separating myself and passion from my work. My business is my baby so sometimes it was hard for me to take constructive criticism or feedback on better ways to improve my craft. I would take things personally when someone would say “you should” or “this would be better if you did (x, y, and z)”. Now I realize when you allow so many yes men into your life, you don’t have the space or opportunity for growth. Feedback can only be negative if you allow it to be. And as I am learning to allow people into my space who can give me advice that will uplift me and/or give me an extra hand to get the job done, it will make my work more valuable than I could have imagined it to be.
I am also a perfectionist and very detail-oriented. In post-production, this can be a blessing and curse. When I didn’t like the work that I am presenting to a client, it would take me a long time to finish the project. This made me run into a lot of hiccups as I was trying to meet deadlines. I never liked disappointing my client and I always felt that it affected me personally when the work I delivered wasn’t perfect. Although they loved the finished product, I sometimes didn’t. I would be really hard on myself for the next projects I worked on. It wasn’t good for my mental health or growth.
After taking a year off during the pandemic, I was able to realize that I will always be my biggest critic and the only person stopping me from being great is myself. I had to learn to be my biggest fan and constantly support myself in knowing that I am well equipped with the tools that I have gained from my past experiences and overall journey to be as successful as I hope to be. Nothing is perfect, and my work definitely does not have to be. The more I evolve, so will my talent. During this year, I have allowed myself to just love my work rather than constantly critique it.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have always found that I have an eye for translating the beauty that I see before me into the camera that I possess. Capturing the moment and lending the world a pair of my eyes through my work is what I reach for at the click of every button. I strive for the most authentic outcome and through my passion for storytelling, I really want to get to know the person or subject that I am working on so I can translate their qualities onto my work. Authenticity and transparency during the photoshoot process and post-production is what I strive for in every project.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory would be when my parents always took me on a drive up the Malibu coast on PCH to Santa Barbara. It would be a spontaneous trip and we would only stay for a day or two, but every time I went, I always took a picture leaning on this tree at the beach. Each year you could see how much I’ve grown in the pictures. It was kind of like marking my measurements on the kitchen door, but our own way. We go bike riding, rock climbing, and just touring around the Santa Barbara area. Taking pictures was a big deal to my father anywhere we went. So it’s only appropriate that he takes thousands of them when we travel. Because of him and his excitement to capture the moment, I was inspired to start my photography career and encapsulate memories that will last forever.
- $100 for Project
- $200 for Studio
- $50 for Headshots
- $100 f0r Special Events
- $250 for Group Photoshoot
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- Website: skylarthephotographer.com
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