Today we’d like to introduce you to Eden Dozier.
Hi Eden, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Photography was something I’ve always been interested in, in some capacity. Like most creative outlets, it is its own language and philosophy, and I am a sucker for both.
Growing up, I tried [and enjoy/ed] many different creative avenues: dance, acting, drawing, painting, music… but photography was the avenue I’d consistently return to.
As a kid, I’d get in trouble for stealing my mom’s Polaroid and using up all of the films. I’d photograph my friend’s punk bands that would practice in my garage as a teen and took photos at every party I attended. In my twenties, I’d have friends model in my yard with a flower in their hair or holding some sort of foliage for some reason. But for the most part, I kept putting a pin in photography and allowed distractions to steal my attention — some work, some romantic.
This last return was actually through portrait oil painting and needing to photograph references. I realized the portraiture was right but the medium was wrong.
It wasn’t until my thirties that I decided photography was the path I wanted to explore. And here I am, with an immense amount of gratitude for being able to keep the love affair going.
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?
Nope, definitely not smooth. Obstacles are inevitable and some choice options are finances, time, and crippling self-doubt. Once I started learning how to shut the inner saboteur within up, there fell the self-doubt and subsequently, I found myself making time (not attempting to “find” it), which in turn led to finances no longer being troublesome.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a working photographer and creative specializing in portrait photography, and I also work a lot as a food and content photographer as well.
I’ve been fortunate enough to find myself in front of some majorly inspiring and notable subjects, and I’ve loved being able to work with some industry-leading professionals and top restaurants in Los Angeles.
What am I most proud of? I like to think that I’m most proud of my eagerness to keep learning. May the day I stop learning to be the day that I die. I think learning keeps things interesting and exciting; like there’s always this infinite supply of information available to tap into at my disposal.
As part of my creative process as a portrait photographer and creative, it’s important for me to allow art to imbue itself throughout my life. I think it’s important for brain/heart cohesion — a fundamental element of creativity for me.
When I allow that energy in, a grace and artistry begin to develop and weave its way throughout my daily activities. Even if I’m the only one that sees it or feels it, I want there to be a sense of poetry to my life; I feel it helps my photography.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.edendozier.com
- Instagram: @edendozier
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdenDozierPhotography