10 minutes with Brigitte Sire

Random September 9, 2013 7:31 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

I realized I wanted to be a photographer when I was in high school. I had never taken an art class, the most creative thing I knew about was reading, so I read through a lot of my classes. But once I took that first photo class it was over, it was so easy. It was so so easy! That’s what got me, you could make art so easily. I would get left over seamless paper from my friends in art school and set it up in my parents garage in suburbia and photograph my friends, trying to imitate photos I’d seen in Vogue. I wish I had a photo of that!

 

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

 

Who were the first photographers that you loved?

The first photographers that I was introduced to was through fashion magazines, so pre-art school, I would say Avedon, Demarchelier, Testino they really had my heart. I had a friend in high school who was a surfer and a model for Mario Testino. I went with him to a shoot, so that was the first set that I went on. I got to see the real deal, or the real deal for that world. I think back now and wonder, weren’t they wondering why this teenager was in the motor home?! I remember not being able to understand the translation between what I saw happening on set and what the final photos. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot going on and the images were totally amazing.

 

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

 

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?

Chill out! It’s okay to take it slow, think quality, work at a restaurant and shoot, as long as you’re shooting what you love.

 

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

Brigitte Sire

 

Any words of wisdom for the up and coming photographers?

Don’t get lost in who you are, or who you are going to be, or who you should be… you really have no choice on that either way. Focus on the process, there are more answers there. Inspire each other.

 

(Brigitte is based in Los Angeles. See more of her work, here)

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