Interview: Photographer Christie Q
The keen eye of Christie Q had been catching our attention again and again and we had to finally ask her for some of her time! Her heartfelt and thoughtful responses are so immersive and inspiring, having the chance to connect with such an honest and amazing person was truly an honour and a pleasure!
How did your journey into photography begin?
My journey into photography began very young, when my parent’s bought me a tiny little camera. They noticed I would play with it a lot, and decided to upgrade that to my first DLSR for Christmas. Talk about the best present ever! I started by taking close-up stills of objects around me, and moved on to my siblings and friends.
Eventually, relatives took notice and began to ask me to photograph them or their families. It was then I decided to invest a little more work, money, and time into this art. I started taking film and digital photography classes from high school up to college that helped hone my craft and sharpen my eye. Film photography was fun, but sadly, not practical. I started progressing towards digital, and began venturing into the business side of things, which pushed me to purchase my first professional camera. I started meeting other photographers, asking them for different tricks, always very excited to learn something new.
I tripped into the modeling world, and that’s where I really took off. Someone to pose for me while I educated myself further was exactly what I needed! I’m still learning more and more every day, but I’ve come so far and that’s something to be proud of!
How would you describe your vision/style?
I chase light, movement, and passion. I love the artistically unique shots, ones with obvious creativity and emotion that captures every audience. Shadows is one of the most important aspects of my work, as my images are referred to as ‘moody’.
What has been your favourite thing(s) about being a photographer?
I am grateful every single day that I have the opportunity to wake up, put on my boots, and go out into the world to do what I love to do. I know my career changes people’s lives, and the incredible importance of my job isn’t a burden to me, but rather fills me with excitement and fulfillment. I change lives, and give people memories in a box. How cool is that?!
What is the most profound experience you’ve ever had?
I was reminded the importance of photography when my older sister was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. I was fortunate enough to have enough time with her to capture priceless memories towards the end of her life. It provided a new context into photography than I had experienced before. I look back on those images now and realize the importance of my job, the emotions behind it, and the memories sparked by those images. It’s a deeper look and perspective my clients feel when I deliver images.
How would you say your photography skills have evolved?
My skills have evolved from being open-minded, asking questions, and seeking further education. I could not have become the photographer I am today without the knowledge shared to me by others who had been in my shoes once before.
Almost everything I have learned has been from others willing to share what they’ve picked up on their journey. That’s why I take every opportunity I can to pass down tips and tricks as a professional to beginners photographers eager and hungry to know more. Pass it on!”
What would you say your trademark is?
I believe my understanding of light, both natural and in studio has been something that helps me stand out as a photographer, and as light is the most important part of photography, I’d say it’s a great skill to have! There is so much to know about controlling light, so I’m still eager to learn more.
My relationship with everyone I have the opportunity to work with is also extremely crucial. I’m known for making people feel comfortable, relaxed, and natural. And that’s how the photos appear afterwords! My photography is very candid and lifestyle, and I treat every client as a friend. That’s what they are to me!
How do you motivate and inspire yourself?
Sometimes, it’s easy to get stuck on repeat and go into “survival mode” when you’re shooting a lot of the same thing over and over again (weddings, for me!). But I’ve found that planning styled shoots with other artists in my communities helps get ideas flowing. There is so much to learn from other people that it’s almost impossible to not learn something new every single shoot! Choose creative liberty. Be bold. Take risks! Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if it didn’t work out, you’ve learned something.