Chloe is a local photographer who has been doing some pretty amazing things! We're super stoked to have had the opportunity to do an interview with her - thank you, Chloe, for the endless inspiration, and for being an important part of this community. It's been amazing to watch your photography grow and gain recognition on an international scale.
Here's a glimpse into her story:
01. Tell us a bit about yourself, Chloe.
I'm a 23 year old self taught portrait photographer from Calgary. I come from a big noisy family with 5 younger brothers, I work in advertising full-time, do portrait photography part-time, and shoot landscapes for fun. My favourite place i've visited so far is Yellowstone National Park. One day I hope to be able to start my own shop. I think that's me in a nutshell.
02. Describe your photography style.
To be honest I think my style is still developing. What I post on IG is generally what I am passionate about. I love being able to promote independent brands and stores when I can. I love style, scenery, travel, food.. I love to experiment with most types of photography. At the moment I would like to try more contemporary photography, more minimalism. I like the idea of creating images that are thought provoking, so I guess we will see what the future holds in that regard. I like to remind myself that every good and admired work is a result of inspiration found from something or someone else, it's pretty impossible to come up with a good idea solely on your own. So having the IG community to draw from is pretty incredible in that regard, there is so much talent and inspiring work out there.. and you have access to it at your fingertips. It's a major driving force for me, so IG is really helping to shape my photography style and push me to visit new places and capture new things.
03. Who are some contemporary photographers and collectives that you like to follow – and what about their work do you love?
I could go on forever with this one. I will name a few photographers that have recently inspired me.. @samalive for cityscapes @scottbakken and @cruiserlifestyle for their expression of faith and encouragement of community, @kpunkka for wildlife, @scottborrero for travel, @mamawatters for reminding me that every day can be the most precious adventure. I'm also a big fan of @stevint @calsnape and @brookewillson for getting out there every weekend and finding something new to explore. On a collective/product basis, I have had endless compliments on my Eli weekender bag which I received from a wonderful company called Amos Brand (@amosbrand), similarly I am a huge fan of Treeline Outdoors (@treelineoutdoors). I love both their backstories, and the quality of their product is top notch. Similarly Albertas very own Camp Brand Goods (@campbrandgoods) and Wilderness Culture (@wildernessculture) are another two favourite accounts to follow. All those companies reflect their lifestyle and passions so well, and I really respect that. I find a lot of design inspiration in the quarterly issues of Kinfolk magazine (@kinfolk) as well as Monocle magazine. There are endless people and places to find inspiration, every day there is something or someone to be found that is inspirational, so it doesn't end here.
04. How has social media played a role in your photography?
It has made a huge impact on my life generally. Sometimes bad, but mostly good. It's very easy to allow social media to consume you if you aren't careful. I sometimes have found myself frantic to get something posted, completely forgetting to enjoy the environment I'm in. Some days you find yourself refreshing endlessly and then realizing that you wasted a whole day on the internet. That's the negative side of social media. But it's one that can be balanced with a bit of discipline. On the plus side, I've discovered so many people that give me daily inspiration and motivation. It's wonderful to receive both negative and positive comments, and be able to develop through that feedback. Having companies reach out to me because they like my work is very humbling and motivating as well.
05. What gear do you use?
I'm a Nikon girl. Currently i'm in the middle of upgrading to either the D610 or D810, which is a big, scary (and expensive) move for me. For the past 4 years i've been shooting with a D5100 with various lenses and mostly just doing portraits. However i'm excited to start shooting with more professional equipment and continue to develop better photoshop skills. Recently I've started a small collection of vintage film cameras which are fun to play around with. Newest additions to the collection are a 1951 bottom loading Canon Rangefinder and a 1917 Autographic Kodak.
06. What are some other projects that you’ve found yourself a part of?
I've been contacted by a few people to do some product photography which is pretty cool. Treeline Outdoors, Daniel Wellington Watches, Seneca Press are a few companies that have been fun to work with. More recently I was a part of a group of people contacted by Gestalten to contribute to Jeffrey Bowman's new book, The Great Wide Open.. and that was a really exciting step for me. I've never had my work put into print so I'm excited to see the result of that in March when it is released.
07. What do you want viewers to take away from your work?
I'd like them to take away some form of inspiration, even if it's just something small. I love sharing quotes that inspire me, and creating dialogue by asking questions.. so if someone can gain a better perspective, or be inspired to visit a new place by my imagery, then something good has resulted, and that's all that matters to me.
08. Tell us about one of your most memorable adventures.
One of my most memorable adventures was definitely exploring the island of Barbados with my Aunt, Uncle & cousins last year. We took a day and drove around the whole island and it was so amazing to be away from the resort and really experience the island culture. Our first stop was Sam Lords Castle, a hotel which had burned down mysteriously years before.. the structure was still intact due to it being made from coral, so we could go inside and look around. It was eerie but amazing to see this old run down hotel in contrast with the paradise around it. I only spent a week in Barbados, but every day was something new and exciting. Its the only trip i've been on that I can remember exactly what we did each and every day.
09. And last, but certainly not least, why do you take photos?
After losing some very important people in my life I started to spend a lot of time outdoors and found the solitude and quiet of the Canadian rockies a marvellous therapy for the body and mind. Soon I started to take my camera along with me, and I slowly started discovering a side of photography that felt a little more personal to me. It became a way of capturing those good feelings of contentment. I expanded on that interest by creating an IG account almost a year ago. Initially I had no idea that my images could interest so many people, it was really only a way for me to have an online portfolio. I spend a good deal of my weekends away in the mountains now. I still consider it the best way for me to relieve stress and find much needed solitude in the midst of such a busy world.