Today we’d like to introduce you to Rima Baroudi.
Rima, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been playing with cameras since I was a kid, watching and learning from my dad, a serious photo enthusiast. I learned on film and took classes and joined clubs and workshops. Photography is constantly evolving and my work has greatly improved by taking the initiative to seek out and learn new things all the time. I’ve always enjoyed using photography to capture my adventures and experiences and I have a camera with me at all times, even if it’s just my phone, which helps me to see photographically and keep creativity fresh. A huge part of my growth has come from other photographers, learning the secrets they share online and in books, chatting at meet-ups and creating collaboratively at photo walks.
Has it been a smooth road?
Self-doubt and confidence are sneaky saboteurs. I have been focusing on believing in myself, believing in my capabilities and creating personal and client work that I am proud of.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the near future – always looking forward to more travel. Seeing new places, meeting new people and getting out of my comfort zone are the best for creative inspiration. The big future plan – I would love to own my own studio/event space. A multipurpose space for myself and local creatives to work, play and get to know each other.
Let’s go backward a bit – can you tell us about the most trying time in your career?
In 2012 I decided to move to London, England to attend graduate school. I didn’t know anyone, have any connections or even ever visit the school I planned to attend. I had a panic attack once I took my seat on that 11-hour international flight but it was the best thing I ever did, though. I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone. I connected with photographers, stylists, and makeup artists, created so much and made lifelong friendships. The experience gave me a foundation of confidence that drives my work now. For me, getting through tough or uncertain times is about patience and perspective. Deep breaths, one day at a time.
What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
Photography is a craft and industry that is ever evolving. I feel like I’m constantly learning new things to step up my skill set and quality of work. My WOW moments are honestly the little things. Collaborating with clients and creating work that everyone is passionate about makes me feel like my career is moving in the best direction.
- Website: www.rimatakesphotos.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @rimatakesphotos
- Other: @2darlingsphotography
Models include: Jessica Prell, Gemma Huh, Sophie H, Carmen Tania Obied.