Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Claire Altschuler.
Sydney Claire, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I picked up a Camera at nine years old (a Barbie camera, to be exact) and I haven’t put one down since. At the age of fifteen, I was shooting senior photos, weddings, and client work in my small Connecticut hometown. I attended Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, graduating May of 2017 with a degree in Photo and Design.
Since then, I’ve discovered my love for editorial and fashion work. I’m now an editorial and fashion photographer based out of Boston and am Social Media Manager for BMW of Boston. Within my shoots, I often do the styling and makeup as well as the photography.
My work has matured so much over the last few years – I find that most progression in my craft comes from shooting constantly. I work a full-time job but make sure that I’m shooting before or after work almost every day. I live and breathe photography: my entire Instagram feed consists of artists that are inspiring me to push my work further.
Being creative in today’s day and age is extremely hard, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The constant desire to better myself, my work, and my network is the driving factor in my day-to-day life. It’s exciting, keeps me motivated, and above all keeps me humble. The over-saturation of the photography industry today is crazy, but I find that the artists that are doing something different are standing out. That’s what I’m aiming to do.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I pride myself in shooting a wide range of diverse people within my work, and I’m constantly working hard to change the fashion industry. It’s refreshing to not always see the 100 lb white pretty girl in fashion, and I’d rather work with a diverse range of people to start deconstructing that norm. My ultimate goal is to be someone that not only shoots for big fashion magazines but also deconstructs expectations through art that is different and refreshing.
I focus on fashion and pop-culture work, and I’m drawn to color, composition, and expression in my images. My goal is to make people feel strong, present, and ultimately untouchable through my images, and I often shoot from a low angle to make people look tall and mighty. I think this especially ties into shooting people of color- the media has misrepresented and lessened people of color for so long. Making a person of color feel like they are on top of the world and absolutely beautiful through my photos is always a goal of mine.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
The best advice I can give to other artists is to push yourself. Constantly. Get out of your comfort zone. Shoot with a flash in the dark, think of a new concept and make it happen, work with someone you’ve never worked with or even met before. The minute you get too comfortable, you aren’t progressing.
My boss gave me amazing advice a few months ago, I was shooting a ton of portraiture and he said to me, “At this point, you are only replacing images in your portfolio. They’re the same quality, you have it down, now you’re just replacing images you already have.” That advice inspired me to push myself out of my comfort zone and make new kinds of work. I always see the most growth from that.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can view my work on my website, which is carefully curated and updated weekly. You can also view my work on Instagram. My website has a print shop where you can purchase photos I have taken.
- Website: www.sydneyclairephotography.com
- Phone: 203-500-3772
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @sydneyyy.claire