Today we’d like to introduce you to Christa Marie Philippeaux.
Christa Marie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Since grade 7, I’ve always known I had a natural attraction for both the camera and the computer. At that age, I kept to myself for the most part. I would spend time taking photos of myself and eventually gain the reputation of being photogenic people would say I should be a model, but it wasn’t myself that I was interested in. Eventually, whiling studying media productions in college, I gained the courage to photograph other people; simple people, mostly my friends and family. Nowadays I treat photography as my creative hobby but I do have plans to take it further in the future.
Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest struggle is my personality. I sometimes can let my timidness and insecurities get in the way of opportunities and branching out to meet people. I hold myself back a lot. Of course, there’s always the technical challenges like fully understanding the camera, lighting, post, and figuring how what subjects I like to shoot more, but a lot of that ties in with who I am as a person. I guess it’s all a part of getting to know myself.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
Believe it or not, setting prices is extremely challenging for me. It’s not that I don’t value my work, I do! It’s just that I have so much fun photographing people that it doesn’t feel like work to me. It’s more of a hobby of mine. It took me some time to get used to the uncomfortable feeling I have when payment comes. Seeing the positive reactions that my photos can bring to people is the biggest reward that I could ever ask for.
What are you striving for, what criteria or markers have you set as indicators of success?
Success is measured by how much happiness one has. Often times I’ll receive high praises from my projects but that doesn’t necessarily make me feel as if I succeeded at my vision. I try not to compare my work to others, but I’ll see something that will inspire me and I aim to conquer that look, theme, technique, etc., but with my own twist. I’m my biggest critic so most of the time I don’t feel the success that I was aiming for, but at the same time that’s what pushes me harder. After all, success is temporary. There’s always more to gain.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I fluctuate back and forward about how far I want to take my photography. While my main focus is video editing for commercials & TV, I use photography as my beautiful escape when I want to further exert my creative side. I hope to become more involved with fashion, gender norms, race, and women’s right by incorporating messages into my work.
- Website: Christamphilippeaux.com
- Phone: 610-585-4186
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Phiiipoe
- Facebook: Christa Marie Philippeaux