Interview: Photographer Ivy Christina
We talked to the faithful and ambitious visionary, Ivy Christina, and got her insight on where her drive comes from and where she plans to go with it! She graciously gave us her upmost attention and time and we can’t thank her enough for being so expressive and articulate!
How would you describe your vision/style?
In my four years of owning my own photography business, I can honestly say it’s been a long road of constantly figuring out who am in my business and what my vision is. Then again, I’ve been surrounding myself with an abundant of inspiring people and photographs. I feel like this year has shaped up to be my year of figuring out what style really means to me. I would definitely define my style as very raw and moody, especially when it comes to exposure, shadows, and tones. What does your gear set up look like? I’m the most minimal woman you’ll ever come across as a photographer haha! I carry around two cameras; one my Canon 60D and Canon 6D, along with my 35mm Sigma Art Lens and my nifty 50mm lens.
How has being a photographer impacted you and your life?
Oh boy haha! This is something that I could talk about for hours! I was really depressed in my Junior Year of high school and literally had no idea which direction to take in life. I began taking night courses in B&W photography at my local community college and literally from the first night I walked into that dark room and processed my first roll of film, there was no turning back. Within those first few months of photographing I was able to witness how dramatically photography had changed my life for the good and raised me up into the strong faith and independent woman, I am today. It’s hard imagining how my life would have turned out differently if I never got myself into photography.
How do you go about your model/subject to photographer/capture relationship?
To be honest, I never ounce expected as a photographer to become so well adapted towards others ( was very introverted as a child ). All and all it’s something I don’t overthink as much as I used to when starting out — the truth is I don’t have an exact “go about” routine. Although, whenever photographing other people I choose to simply love fiercely. Photographing/Storytelling is my absolute love language and has made me develop some of the closest relationships to this day.
What do you do when you’re not a photographer?
When I’m not up on my feet, working 10 hour weddings almost every weekend, I go to college majoring in Communication studies, working as an on-campus Events Assistant, spending half of my paychecks just on coffee, staying up past midnight editing photos with my beloved cat, Arby, and traveling as much as possible.
What is your all time favourite quote?
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” ~ Ephesians 3:20
What are your goals for your photography?
You’re definitely talking to a girl who dreams big haha! Honestly, my goals for photography are to live abundantly and grow old still doing what I love. My greatest passions are to get more involved with photojournalism projects ( most of those projects involving traveling someplace out of the country photographing for non-profits/mission trips, documenting fashion week in Europe and international fashion bloggers, and destination weddings out in Iceland, French Countryside, Napa Valley, Yosemite, etc… the travel wish-list keeps going on.
What keeps you going?
Definitely my family and faith. My one and only, Lord and Savior. There’s literally no other words to describe how much God has blessed me over the years and having Him deeply rooted within my business 24/7 ( He is in control ). Also my family, who have been nothing but my biggest support group ever since I began to pursue photography full-time. (Love you, Mama and Daddy!)