Photographer: Chandler Sutton

Chandler Sutton is a shy, talented photographer who brings her creativity everywhere she goes. She can take amazing photos in any environment she is put in, and she sees the beauty of the world through her camera lens. Although she is only eighteen years old, her talent radiates through her photos, and she has been inspired ever since she picked up a camera.

Where do you get your inspiration for your photos?

I don’t really have a specific place I get inspired by. Kind of just where I go. If I bring my camera with me, then I’ll just find things to take pictures of.

Do you have a certain place where you love taking pictures?

There’s not really a specific place. I like going to beaches and like downtown areas because there are interesting things to find, and there’s always interesting architecture.

What sparked your passion for photography?

I originally got a nice camera because we went on an Alaskan cruise, and I wanted to take good pictures. I just really liked taking pictures, so I kinda just kept doing it when we went places then I started doing it for fun.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?

The main thing right now is that I’m in Photo 2, so I have to take photos. But I just like to do it for fun, so sometimes my mom will tell me, “Hey, we are going someplace so bring your camera.” Sometimes when I’m bored and have nothing else to do, I’ll just drive around and try to find places to take pictures of.

What type of photography do you like the most?

I like landscape more than taking pictures of people because people don’t always cooperate.

What’s the most challenging part about being a photographer?

The most challenging part is trying to find interesting angles because there are so many straight-on angles that you can take. Everybody takes those, so you have to mess around and try to figure out something different. Also some people really don’t take it seriously because they are like, “Oh, if you have a nice camera, all the pictures look nice,” or, “I can take photos too because I have an Instagram and an iPhone.” So it’s kinda hard.  

What’s your photographic style?

I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have much of a style, I just like either getting really close or from different angles. I usually do low angles because I’m short, and then I just squat down more and combine interesting angles. I like shadowy or really bright and colorful pictures, whatever works best for the mood of the photo.

What do you like most about being a photographer?

Its really fun, and it helps you see the world from different points of view. Sometimes you find -- it’s kind of cliché -- but you can find beauty in things that you wouldn’t think. You’ll take a picture of a certain angle of a street corner and you’ll be like, “Wow, that’s actually really cool.”

Do you do shoots with people?

I do shoots with people sometimes because I need it to build my portfolio.

How long have you been into photography?

Since 2012. So that’s about five years because that’s when I got my first camera.