It brings me great joy to feature fashion photographer Aubrey Chandler as our next local influencer spotlight! Aubrey is a veteran in the content creating game, starting in 2011! Originally from Tampa, Florid, she has always thought of Miami as a second home. Now that I have formally introduced you, read on to learn about her craft (and some fun facts).
Where is your favorite place in Miami to take visiting friends?
Vizcaya. It has the element of a South Florida tropical environment wrapped up in a timeless European setting.
What are some of your favorite local brands/businesses that you worked with?
There are too many to name! A couple of favorites that really strike me are Provident Jewelry. I appreciate antiques, and they really do have some of the most beautiful antique diamond pieces you’ve ever seen. Anny Stern jewelry is exquisite in design. Anny’s style is classically beautiful. I love all of her pieces. I’m also a fan of Avril Jewelry. She’s a Venezuelan lady who makes these original art pieces. They are unique conversation pieces for sure! I want them all!
How can local businesses gain more exposure on social media?
I feel one of the best ways is to lend their pieces to photographers that can capture their particular style. Sometimes designers will have any and every photographer shoot their designs. I think it gets the style watered down. Instead of focusing on exactly what is trying to be expressed. That’s the best way to get a brand known. Zoning in on that particular style. If you study the most successful brands, they all have a specific style. It’s like their trademark. I really love using local businesses when given the opportunity. It’s always a blessing being a part of a business that’s taking off.
Tell us your biggest challenge
This challenge can actually be fun, but it’s the challenge of how photography style is constantly evolving. Even on social media. You’ll notice there are certain styles that will be a big hit, then a month later, it’s on to something else. Its a great challenge creatively.
How can creators better engage their audience?
Asking them questions, finding out which photos really bring about a response, and why. Even getting them to comment about whether they like the specific photo or not. It’s always good to keep the conversation going.
For example, I recently had a commenter from Canada, who wasn’t thrilled that a model was wearing a dress in the Polo area. He was an avid rider himself and it touched a nerve. And I can understand that. That’s the fun thing about fashion. It never really makes sense. You can have a model flying on a trapeze wearing a Dior gown. But hey, it’s eye-catching. And that can be a very good thing! A conversation piece for sure.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
That’s a really tough question because I really love to study so many photographers work. You can learn so much from so many. There are a lot of fantastic photographers who aren’t household names & I love what they’re doing. I just love photographers in general. Artists are the coolest people.
If I had to name specific ones that have inspired me over the years – I’d say I’ve always been a huge fan of the late Herb Ritts’ work. I really love composition & he was just one of the best ever at it. I’m also really fond of the creativity of Richard Phibbs. Clean, classic work. And I love that he incorporates animals into his photography. Of course, there’s Lindbergh & so many more. I could talk about a thousand awesome photographers all day & never get bored.
Now, tell us your best skill
Spontaneity. I never studied photography by taking a class, so being that I’m not technical at all, I feel it gives me unlimited ways of trying new things creatively. I’m very spontaneous. And I love working with natural and available light. Some of the best images I feel have come from pure spontaneity-and without restrictions of ‘how you should shoot a picture’.
What equipment do you use?
At the moment, I’m using a Canon 5D Mark iv. I also still use my trusty Nikon D90. They are both fantastic cameras, in their own ways.
Top 5 Apps
Whether or not they are photography related, these are my favorites, haha
- The Ring.
Anything you’re working on that you can share?
Working on a shoot with a Golden Globe-nominated actress. Actors are some of my favorite subjects to shoot with, they reveal so much inner emotion. Conveying emotion is beautiful in a photo!
Be sure to check out all of Aubrey’s links below!
Facebook: Aubrey Chandler
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