Bio: Autumn is a Seattle-based professional photographer and designer specializing in outdoor lifestyle, landscape, and travel photography, as well as visual, motion, and UI design. She has won several awards for her work,and has been published internationally both digitally and in print.
As passionate about the seas as she is the skies, Autumn strives to use her camera to showcase the fragile beauty of our world. Her photography is known for its bright, saturated colors and tranquil outdoor scenes. Autumn was first drawn to photography by its ability to evoke emotion, imagination, and wonder, all in a single moment in time. She still carries that fascination for the feelings experienced through a photograph – for both the viewer and for her as a photographer – and hopes the emotion she feels while shooting her work comes through and connects with her audience.
Autumn hosts photography workshops around the world aiming to help others learn more about photography, their cameras, and how to capture those perfect moments.
How did you get your start in photography?
Peter Parker, or Spider-man, was actually my first photographic inspiration. You could say I connected with him, his upbringing, and his passion to do good in the world. I was drawn to photography’s ability to evoke emotion and to say so much all in a single moment of time. To be honest, I’m still fascinated by how much we can feel from a photograph, and I strive to bring that feeling into my work.
What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?
My fondness of the outdoors inspired a focus on nature photography. I used to shoot portraits and weddings, but as soon as I laid eyes upon my first volcano, I knew that being out in nature was my calling. I’ve been using nature as my subject ever since. I am especially drawn to the night sky and the wonders that light the dark.
What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?
One of the largest obstacles that I’ve faced as a landscape photographer is the fact that I’m young and a woman. In an industry mostly dominated by men (although tides are beginning to change), it’s been challenging to be taken seriously as a photographer. I’ve learned to not let it affect me and to keep working as hard as I can to do what I love.
Who and/or what inspires you most?
So many of my peers inspire me, but my curiosity for the world is also constantly inspiring me to try new things and explore new places. Traveling and experiencing new cultures provides never-ending inspiration — just when I think I’ve seen the most beautiful place, mother nature outdoes herself with the next one.
What is your approach? Is there anything in particular you try to achieve during a shoot (for example triggering certain feelings, etc.) or are there any specific techniques you use?
I tend to let nature take the lead on my approach for how I take shots. I first get a feel for a place by spending time there and observing how it makes me feel. I then try to bring that feeling into my photos by using specific colors and framing. I lean toward tranquility and peacefulness in my work, which reflects my personality, but I try to be true to the emotions that I feel while shooting at a certain location.
Why is accurate color important within your workflow?
Color is a major subject in my work, so it needs to be spot on to convey the correct message. Colors also need to be accurate in order to stay on-brand with my entire body of work.
Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?
It feels a little overwhelming to start a career, but perseverance pays off. Stay true to yourself, what style you lean toward, and don’t listen to those who doubt you or try to hold you back. Listening to my intuition has led me to incredibly life-changing experiences, and I wouldn’t do it any other way if I had a choice to change the past.