Would you mind introducing yourself? My name's Charlotte, and I'm a 19-year-old photography student.
Charlotte's Instagram - @thewildlens_
Where are you from, and where do you currently live? I'm a little mix of cultures, I was born in London from a French mother and a British father. I lived there for a few years and then moved to France until I was old enough to start university. I then moved back to London where I currently live until I graduate from university.
How would you describe your style of photography? I am still learning and experimenting, I don't think I have my own style yet. However, lots of different types of photography have and still interest me a lot. I want to try to discover everything I can in photography. I don't like to stick to one single type for the sake of a nice Instagram feed for example. I try to keep my feed tidy but I don't want to stop experimenting portrait, landscape, street photography, lifestyle, travel, product photography etc... I basically take photos of anything that draws my attention.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? It took me a little while to start photography. Before that, I used to draw a lot. I drew ideas in my head, trying to recreate them as truly as possible. It was my way of recreating the world the way I saw it or wanted to see it. And then I discovered photography. I realized it allowed me to do exactly what drawings did, only it all happened in a split second rather than a few hours. I'd say I started practising photography about 5 years ago.
Pictured Below - @jeangsrd
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I took a friend to America not long ago as her 20th birthday surprise. I had organized this trip with another friend who we hadn't seen in a very long time. When they met up at JFK airport and I captured the look on their faces as they were finally reunited, I felt so happy to be there, ready to offer them a photograph to remember this moment forever.
Who/What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? I am immensely inspired by many photographers. A lot of them are on Instagram. But I think being inspired, inspires me to inspire others. I want to be able to inspire other people the same way that other people inspire me. I have so many dreams in me and photography helps me share them, and inspire other people with their own dreams. Plus, a lot of my photographs were taken on expeditions with my friends, and providing them with photographs to remember the good times forever, is also something that pushes me to keep going.
Pictured Below - @busy_asa_bee
What kind of camera do you use? I use my all-time camera, the very first DSLR that I got. It's a Canon 700D, it's been with me since the very beginning and it has been absolutely great. It's this camera that allowed me to truly start learning and practising. I learned everything by myself, and this camera helped a lot. It has been through +50°C and -50°C, and it's still going. I know that someday I'd like to upgrade, but for now, this little camera is perfect.
What is your editing process like? I mainly use Lightroom, and sometimes Photoshop. I don't think I have a precise editing process. For example, I use very few presets because I like to edit each photo accordingly to its own colours and lighting, and to the mood I want it to have.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I don't know if I have many tips to share because I am still learning so much myself. However, I think doing your own personal thing is a good start. Use inspiration you get from others to create your own art. Also, being passionate is the most important thing, along with doing whatever you want with your photography. I mentioned presets earlier, and I think a very important thing is to use your own. Your work should be yours. If I want to recreate a similar style to another photographer, I do my best to build the right preset myself. You can use help from youtube tutorials, or websites, but creating a preset yourself is important to learn how to master a software, and then use those new skills to build your own art. Doing things your way is what's most important, in my opinion.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I am a very passionate horse-rider, I started practising around the age of 6 and have never stopped since. As I mentioned before I also like to draw. Plus, I am a true music lover too, and as some people may have noticed, most of my posts have song lyrics as a caption. I am also into film-making/videography, which is very related to photography, but it's a largely growing hobby of mine.
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Do you have any photography related plans for this summer that you would like to share? I'm planning on doing lots of photoshoots with my friends, and I'm also hoping to travel more as taking pictures while travelling is my biggest dream.
Pictured Below - @busy_asa_bee
Who are some of your favourite photographers? There are a lot of photographers out there that I admire. I am deeply inspired by Zach Leon, Nick Carnera and Andrew Kearns on Instagram for example. I have also been very inspired by a French videographer and photographer called François Calvier. He works for a french youtube channel called Mamytwink. Somehow, he helped me, without being aware of it, to make the big jump. I dropped out of the first university I was going to, and switched to a different one to pursue my dream of becoming a photographer.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? I feel like Chase Burnett deserves way more followers for the quality of his work. Jeremie Villet has some amazing wildlife shots and I think he deserves more recognition too. Lastly, I'd mention Hunter Day, who has a fair amount of followers like Chase Burnett, but I believe he also deserves way more attention for his really good work.
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What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? My number one destination would probably be, just like so many other people now, Iceland. However, I think it levels with the Oregon State which has begun to deeply fascinate me, along with the Washington state, and pretty much the whole west coast. So I'd say, road-tripping through Iceland, or down the west coast of America with an obligated sunset stop on top of Taft Point in Yosemite, would be my ultimate dream photography adventures.
Pictured Below - @jeangsrd
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I don't think I have a special time of year that would be my favourite. I like everything each season has to offer. However, I remember really enjoying Paris in autumn. I was blown away by how pretty the city looked with all its incredibly yellow trees.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions planned that you would like to share? I'm hoping to go to Santorini sometime soon, if my wallet allows me too. However, I would want to go to literally any place on this planet, so I might end up in a completely different place to what was planned.
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Anything extra you would like to share? I deeply hope that I can let photography guide me, and see where it leads me through life. I hope to travel as much as I can, and share through my photographs, shreds of the thousands of dreams that fill my head.