Interview: Photographer Caitlin McFadden
We got some time with the truly rad photographer, Caitlin McFadden, and we’re so excited to show her some support for her raw and natural work!
What got you to pick up and stick with a camera in the first place?
In middle school my friend was really into photography and had a nice camera so we used to go do a bunch of photoshoots in a field by our neighborhood. but in my senior year of high school I got really into film and bought my first DSLR and I just started to take pictures with friends on the weekends until I started to really get into it and photography just became a natural part of my daily life and I haven’t stopped since.
How would you describe your vision/style?
I would describe my style for photography as a mix of natural and candid, I mainly like to take pictures of my friends or models in natural settings or just anywhere the models feel comfortable and can have a good time. I like to try and capture fun and free moments where my friends and models can be themselves.
How do you decide to arrange and take your shot?
When I’m taking pictures of my friends or models I mainly like to try and capture as much of their personality as I can in the photo. I let them take control and just be themselves and then I build off of that and try to incorporate that as much as I can into the photo. From there I just try different angles and guide my models to do different poses until I am satisfied with the shot.
Where does the “feel” of your photography come from?
When I first began to really get into photography I saw some photos on tumblr shot by Samuel Elkins and Andrew Kearns and I fell in love with their style of photography and how they tell a story through a photo. I was really inspired to take pictures like theirs and I still get a lot of inspiration from their photos. I think our styles are very different, yet when I’m shooting I sometimes find myself thinking “What would Sam and Andrew do?”. I think that’s where a lot of my inspiration for shoots come from and it has definitely impacted how I think when I’m composing a photo. And I don’t want this to come off as I try and copy their photos, because I don’t, I just build inspiration off of them and go from there.
What do you aim to achieve and provoke with your work?
I aim to try and tell a story with my photos and give a sense of what the models were feeling when I took the photo. Over the past year I’ve gotten more into film and I often try and incorporate that with my photography by telling a story whether it be of friends hanging out or of someone taking in their surroundings at that moment.
What is the pre-meditation behind your shoots?
I’m a very spontaneous and in the moment kind of person and I normally try to not plan out my shoots too much. Before I go to do a shoot I normally have a couple locations and shots in mind, but most of my inspiration for the shoot comes from the location when I am actually there. When I’m shooting I try and build inspiration off of my surroundings and the people I’m with and try to capture those feelings and emotions in my photos.
What does your photography do for you?
For me, when I’m taking pictures is when I’m most happy. It kind of sounds cliche in a way, but photography has become such a huge part of my life and capturing moments are what inspire me to keep going. Everything about photography makes me feel complete and when I’m shooting I feel free and I’m so focused in the moment all my worries go away. When I’m shooting and I take a picture I really like, I immediately can’t wait to start editing them and I find just as much joy in editing photos as I do when I’m taking them. Shooting and editing are very calming and peaceful to me so I try and do it as much as possible!