Today we’d like to introduce you to Alejandra Camarillo.
Alejandra, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but as a teenager had no problem jumping on the train and heading to the city any chance I got. I took photography in high school for a few years and took photos of my friends and at concerts. After high school, I worked a photo studio and was normally the one taking the photos and working one on one with clients. My love for photography was even more intense while living in the city a few years later. I bought my first camera but unfortunately, it was stolen shortly after and I was very hurt and just started working in the nightclub scenes and tried to move on from the situation. Even as a promoter, I found myself taking photos again for promotional reasons and to capture the events that I was hosting. Then Instagram came into play and was starting to get compliments on my photos, I had a close friend, who is a professional photographer, advise me to buy a DSLR if I wanted to be taken seriously as a photographer about booking shoots. So, I did and bought my Nikon and from there just started booking my own shoots working with friends and having them a model for me to help me build my portfolio. I also love taking photos of the city and now have two art shows under my belt. I print and frame my photos and have available for sale. Also, last year, I started doing more filming and I now do event recap videos for events. I love capturing people dancing and having fun.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My photos are definitely me being “in a moment.” Most of the time the location of where I’m at or what I am taking a photo of means a lot to me. I do have a lot of photos of the Sears Tower because to me when I see it, I feel “at home” like a “Yes! I’m here! I made it!” vibe. There are so many hidden gems in the city location wise and since I’m always moving around, commuting within the city I try and capture as much as I can. When someone looks at my photos I hope that even for a moment it takes their mind off that everyday mess and they are able to just say “That’s amazing!” Basically, something they see on an everyday basis but just from my perspective and completely different from how they normally see it. When it comes to working with models, WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL! How can I not capture them and their beauty?
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I don’t think it has changed, an artist is free to portray their perception of whatever they see or want to see. Now what has changed is with social media how many people have access to their work.
I think that with everything that’s going on, for me, it just makes me focus more on what I want to do creatively. I believe that an artist role is doing whatever they want. If they want to show the reality of what’s going on or if they want to create something completely different from reality, that’s ok too. As of now, I don’t really reflect things that are going on in my work. Right now, I’m trying to create an escape from reality.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can support by buying a framed photo of my work. You can also book me for a photoshoot or an event recap video.
I’m active on social media so Facebook, IG, Twitter, and Tumblr.
- Website: https://higherlearningphoto.tumblr.com
- Phone: 3129786841
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: @higherlearningphotography
- Twitter: @ale_hl2014