Today we’d like to introduce you to Alix Seracki.
Alix, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My parents got me my first DSLR camera for my 21st birthday, and I began shooting around with my friends during my sophomore year of college. I never dreamed it could be my job, but I had never loved anything as much as I did photographing people and telling a story.
After academic struggles, I left school at the University of Kansas and started an internship in Minneapolis to pursue photography. From there, it’s all history. I did end up back in Kansas City for a few years but in 2016 finally made the move to Los Angeles to further my career.
Many side jobs, support from my family and about a zillion photoshoots later, I went full-time January of 2018!
Has it been a smooth road?
No! There were many struggles, the main one being making this my career. After failing going the traditional route, I was very lost. Working many odd jobs, while trying to further my passion was draining, and many days I was sure I’d have to cave and get a degree… to do what, who knows.
Even now, being full-time, I’m a self-taught photographer, and comparison is something I continually have to check myself on. I am so very inspired by other artists, but on the other side of the spectrum, very discouraged especially with algorithms to follow and an almost science to it.
Most of my struggles are internal and emotional, paired with financial stress… I am always very open about this in my life, to my friends, family and something I talk openly about on social media.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a sole business owner, which is still so weird to say. I’d say I’m known more for lifestyle/moody fashion portraits, but I make my living off of weddings. I’m most proud of being self-taught and learning to navigate this business by my mistakes. I just started recently traveling with models and bloggers – I would love to continue to do that down the road.
Every photographer should make you feel comfortable and confident in your skin, and I don’t want to say that’s what sets me apart… but sometimes it is. I love when after a shoot people tell me how much fun they had, or when they get their photos they didn’t know they could look like that. It’s the best feeling in the world getting to make others feel good.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The industry is changing, has changed rapidly just over the last couple of years with social media becoming so predominant.
It makes it easier and harder at the same time, to set yourself apart from everyone who seemingly has a camera and is a photographer, but also has made the field much more accessible to contacts and jobs…
I think over the next five to ten years, it will stabilize who knows what will happen with technology ever changing!
- $350.00 / Portrait Shoot
- $3,500.00 / Wedding
- Website: alixrae.com
- Phone: 6123093465
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: alixrae10
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alixraephotography