Since moving to the Orlando / Winter Park area last year, I've been fortunate to meet some pretty talented new friends! Working for an interior design firm takes a creative eye, so naturally everyone in the office is so creatively talented in one way or another. I love that everyone seems to have a unique hobby outside of the office that all of us creatives can discuss and bond over!
Ly Sué Hernández is my co-worker and an ah-mazing photographer. She believes that photography is a way to inspire, create, and portray life as it is…and her work is proof of that!
So today I'm thrilled that Ly Sué is getting to play “interviewee,” sharing her best photography moments and inspirations with us.
1. When did you first take an interest in photography?
I felt drawn to photography since I was little. My uncle was an architect and photographer, and I remember as a little girl, staring at his beautiful black and white prints hanging to dry in his darkroom. I always felt so intrigued about the whole process. I took my first film photography class in college back in 2002 (time flies!), and I've been hooked ever since!
2. Best moment of your photography career so far?
I would have to say the most amazing moment so far was when I got an email from Style Me Pretty confirming that they wanted to publish a styled shoot that me along with some amazing vendors have styled, designed, and coordinated. A dream come true!
3. What kind of skills or characteristics do you think are vital to your success as a photographer?
This is a hard one! I think that having a background in art and interior design has helped me develop a keen eye for detail, composition, and story telling. I guess it also helps that I am my biggest critic!
5. What are your daily online reads and what is currently inspiring you?
My top 5 daily reads are Style Me Pretty, Rufled, The Every Girl, Design Milk, Strobist. Well does Pinterest count as a daily read? There is so much inspiration out there; I guess a constant source of inspiration for me is Fashion and Architecture.
6. What is your favorite type of session to photograph?
I like almost every type of session, but engagement sessions are just so much fun! So I guess they are my favorite. I love getting to capture the start of a couple’s lives together, and help them style the session to go with their lifestyle. I get to mix two of my loves photography and design!
7. Where is the most unique photo shoot location you've been to?
Kunde Estate; such beautiful scenery and amazing wine! Mix those two together and you won me over!
8. If you could meet any woman for lunch, who would it be and why?
Audrey Hepburn! Such a fashionable, classy, and giving woman. I just think we would totally get along!
9. What photographer do you admire the most?
Jasmine Star. I’m obsessed with her (in a good way!). She is just not only super talented, but also so willing to share what she knows with everybody. I think that is so selfless and right! I totally believe in sharing what you know; it only comes back at you ten fold!
10. Any advice for young entrepreneurs?
Another hard one! I guess I could say “follow your dreams”, and I think you totally should, but most importantly (as I am still learning myself the hard way), it’s ok if you can’t do it all! Know your limits, and know when you need to hire a professional to outsource what you can’t do yourself. It will only give you more time to focus on what you do great!
If you are looking for a photographer or want to see more of Ly Sué's beautiful work, visit her website www.lh-photo.com! There's so much more to see!