I was recently asked what career advice I would give my younger self, and after much deliberation I finally settled on an answer: ladies and gentlemen, size doesn't matter. If I had a nickel for every time I've rolled up to a shoot with a couple of tiny, well-loved cameras in my bag and utterly confused an industry which oddly sizes everyone up by the flashiness of their gear, well I'd probably be that annoying weirdo in the city who perpetually pays for everything with piles of nickels.
Don't get me wrong, I love my DSLR, but it rarely comes out of the bag these days. There's just something about the tangible experience of clicking dials and rings into place that speaks to my creative soul in a way that a million screens and buttons simply can't. And there's something in the way I seem to connect with my subjects when the intimidation of a huge camera is removed that allows an honesty, a truth, to shine through. For me anyway.
And so my advice is not that it doesn't matter what you shoot on, but quite the opposite: find the camera that excites you, that feels RIGHT in your hands, that lets your creations match up with the vision in your head, whether it's old, new, film, digital, or an iPhone. Be okay with being that girl who shows up to work with lipstick and a smile and an unassuming little camera around her neck. Rock your style. Own your process. And when people mistake your unconventional exterior for harmlessness, be polite and keep on shooting on your Trojan horse of a camera. Because when the images on the other side ooze soul and magic, the world will notice. They always do.
Flew overnight to the weird wild land of Los Angeles to direct a project for @louisvuitton and @supremenewyork . Desperately in need of sleep. And about 10 lbs of California tacos. ❤️