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Meet Isabel Camille of Isabel Camille Photography in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isabel Camille.

Isabel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Photography, as I’m sure is the case with many other artists, first started out as a form of escapism. I picked up my first camera in the heat of High School finals and SATs and found that it immediately relieved my stress. But it was really the post-production process where I found my stride. There, I was able to see a realistic photo turn into something fantastical and odd. I owe my photo editing journey to photographer Tasha Marie (otherwise known as TeaPalm). I was fortunate enough to stumble across her Instagram many years ago and saw that there was something else to photography besides pointing and pressing a button. She showed me that photography can be surreal and incredibly creative beyond my imagination. It was from then on that I challenged myself, creating composites that lead to other worlds and dimensions. In the years since, I’ve been fortunate enough to turn my hobby into freelance work, often collaborating with other artists and musicians.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think any freelance artist has had especially trying moments, whether it be working with tough clients or hitting any creative blocks. My work relies heavily on software knowledge which I’m grateful to have learned at a young age before I had ever even considered learning photography. I find any creative “struggle” to actually be where my work thrives. Working under constraints and challenges is where I find growth and learn new things, both technical and personal, and that’s one of the things I love the most about being an artist. I even look at projects from a few months ago and can discover points of growth. We as artists are constantly evolving and I hope to never stop.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
It’s funny, I’ve never really thought of myself as a company! But since I offer services, I guess that’s what I must be. I am a photographer and editor who emphasizes on extensive surreal composites. I tend to view my work less as photography and more as artwork, but it’s a very fine line to walk. The amount of time spent on each piece is dealt with precision, care, and countless layers and hours. I’ve done a lot of scrounging to find other surrealist photographers and we seem to be far and few between! But it’s wonderful to create something engaging and different and know at the end of the day that no one else has done anything like it. It’s incredibly rewarding.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in a house stocked full of artists. With a painting teacher for a mother, an incredibly skillful drawer for a father, my sister a studio art minor, an aunt who runs an art school, and a grandfather who painted professionally, the list goes on. So it’s safe to say that my upbringing was surrounded by art. I was fortunate enough to travel with my family when I was young, visiting art museums across different countries. I learned who Botticelli, one of my many inspirations, was from a young age and continued to study the visionaries later in my life at university. Growing up in the Silicon Valley didn’t harbor many artists, opting for more engineers and programmers, but I’m thankful that my home life allowed for creative thought and freedom.

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Models: Jasper Strong, Siya Bahal, Nerea Sanchez, MUA & Lighting Assist: Jules Onate

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