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Meet Priscilla C. Scott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Priscilla C. Scott.

Priscilla, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember, I have been taking photos. My parents both owned cameras and encouraged my interest in shooting. My mom shot on a Kodak Pocket Instamatic, and my dad had a video camera. They would both mostly shoot home family photos and videos. Like my parents my subjects were mostly my friends and family. I continued to experiment with shooting as a child through my teenage years. I started to attend concerts as a teen and would take photos of the show as a fan. When I moved to LA in my 20’s I figured out that I could contact bands and ask for credentials to shoot their live shows. It was a great way for me to get into shows, meet the bands, and take photos to build a portfolio. It was also a great way to get to know the city and meet people. It’s actually how I met my husband. Later, after my steady job of almost ten years was coming to an end I decided to commit to going freelance with my photography. In addition to live music, I shoot portraiture, headshots, bts, and product photography.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are always challenges. In a way I hope there always will be. I think challenges provide opportunity for growth and education. And although challenges can be very frustrating at times, and can be a struggle when I’m in the middle of figuring it out, I think it can only make me a better shooter. One of those challenges is patience. Patience with both my personal and professional work. Sometimes I place this invisible stress on myself to rush through things. I have to remind myself that it’s so important to take my time. Both with the act of the shoot and the post-editing work. It’s easy to get caught up in thinking you need to deliver results right away. We live in a time where people want what they want, right now. Patience is something that I have to work on regularly. If there’s work that might be taking me longer than expected, I do my best at communicating with the client about where I’m at with the work. I keep them updated. Although, I know you don’t always have that luxury. In that case, just try and do the best you can. You’re not magician after all.

Another challenge is not getting caught up in comparing yourself and your work to others and their work. It’s such a slippery and easy trap to fall into. Especially when you are feeling extra vulnerable about your work. No matter how big this world is, with all of the people that exist in it, there’s always room for more talent and creativity. I think the moment you start thinking that there isn’t room for others to shine is the moment you’ve stopped making it about your work and you’ve made it about yourself. And it’s not fun hanging out in that headspace. It’s not productive. It’s harmful. Trying to stay focused and not giving into self-doubt is something I work on daily.

Being able to ask for help and accepting help from others can also be challenging but necessary. I am guilty of wanting or feeling like I need to do everything on my own. It’s ok to accept or ask for help. It’s another example of opportunity for growth and education. I have to tell myself sometimes, “Priscilla, get over yourself and ask for help”.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
As silly as it sounds, I don’t view what I do as a business. And maybe that’s wrong? I don’t know? What I do know is that I’m interested in creating great images and working with interesting people. I’m also interested in making people feel good about themselves. When I’m shooting a portrait, I always show my subject a few photos in camera as we shoot. Most of the time they are pleasantly surprised at what they see. After showing them, it usually sparks a boost of confidence and they let go a little more. I think if you asked all the bands I’ve shot candid stills of, they’d tell you that I have the ability to be invisible in a way. My presence is very light and it allows who I’m documenting to feel at ease and to feel free to be themselves. Someone once told me that I wear an “invisible cloak”. I take that as a compliment. I’m not sure if that sets me apart from others? You’d have to ask some of the people I’ve shot. But I do view it as a strength and an asset to what I do.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Tools will keep improving, most definitely. I think more people will start to rely on using online outlets like youtube and over art schools and colleges, as a source of education. I hope that with all the information and resources available out there, it will birth some incredible talent. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Image Credit:
Personal image shot by Kellii Scott. All other images shot by Priscilla C. Scott.

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