Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Alexandra Austin and I am a photographer.
What drew you to the world of photography?
I've always loved looking through old family photographs, so being able to be transported back to that time is something I've always wanted to capture within my photos. That form of storytelling is very intriguing to me.
When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I became interested in photography in junior high, but didn’t start to take it seriously until high school.
What did that progression look like?
Like most photographers, in the beginning, I mainly took pictures of nature and landscapes because I wasn't sure how to capture images that were people centric. After a while though, I moved on to thinking of different concepts and ideas and implementing people into my images through fashion and portrait photography.
What pushed you into that area of photography?
Reading magazines… especially fashion magazines. Through them, I was able to realize that I wanted to photograph people and come up with ways to showcase someone’s personality as opposed to other types of photography that focus on a specific place or moment in time.
Within your art, what are you most insecure about?
My biggest insecurity is when I don't have trust in my vision for a particular shoot. The fear of an idea not being perfect, upon production, has kept me from getting out there and shooting.
How do you push past those moments of insecurity?
I find myself pushing past the insecurities when I make the decision that even though the final product may not be what was in my head; it's still my own unique work and it's now out in the world.
Where do you find inspiration?
Mainly Instagram, but social media in general. Thankfully, these various outlets allow us to be introduced to, or discover, a lot of different artists that we can find inspiration through.
What do you look for in a potential follow?
The main thing that I look for is for someone who has a vision or a clear and consistent style. To me, those two things are an indication that the person has a direction they are moving in as opposed to posting for the sake of posting.
Last Question: What are you doing when you're not creating?
Some of my favorite hobbies are cooking, reading and exploring various places around Los Angeles. If I'm not doing one of those, then I'm probably working so I can afford to learn the piano.