Theresa is a talented photographer and videographer from Brisbane, Autralia.
We spoke to her about her personal work, what her favourite time of day/night to shoot, and what she has learned from her travels.
KNEWYU: HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN VIDEOGRAPHY?
THERESA: My start in videography began with realising that I could foster meaning through the medium of film, it was through seeing the work of storytellers like Eliot Rausch who have the ability to translate the themes of beauty in brokeness which is incredibly inspiring to my own wants.
K: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO FIND YOUR PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE AND WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL “FIGURING IT OUT”?
T: It was not so much a matter of time but more so an accumulation of experiences over time which is always fostering my direction in style for photography. For me it is being inspired by a feeling and allowing it to manifest however you feel comes most naturally – I would recommend to anyone who is on the journey to finding their own voice in photography to intentionally absorb meaning through experiences and apply your expression through your own perspective.
K: ELLE-MAY LECKENBY IS A COOL CHICK!HOWDID YOU BOTH MEET? WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING SURROUNDED BY SO MANY CREATIVE PEOPLE?
T: Yes! Elle is indeed a cool chick, her and I have been best mates since primary school days – we have a similar appreciation for life and that has always been evident in our friendship. Having friends who are expressing themselves creatively is a huge blessing. I’m always curious to learn from their highs and lows in the flow of their artistry.
(Read the interview we did with Elle-May Leckenby here.)
K: WHAT IS A NORMAL DAY LIKE IN THE LIFE OF THERESA?
T: A normal day in the life of Theresa is something that doesn’t exactly exist – it seems that each day is different with each unique project. I naturally have a balance in variety in what I do- a window into my life right now looks like, waking at early for sunrise imagery, filming for upcoming projects, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, working with my sister at her specialty coffee shop, The Tiller Coffee and embracing the community around me at this stage of life.
K: YOU TRAVEL A LOT. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM ALL THE PLACES YOU HAVE BEEN TOO? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO BRING WITH YOU?
T: To summarise if it is possible, I’ve learnt that the world is a big place filled with light and love! I always like to bring a scent that smells like home with me.
K: HOW DO YOU GO ABOUTGETTING CLIENTS?
T: At the moment, all word of mouth which is nice!
K: IF YOU COULD PHOTOGRAPH OR FILM ANYONE (DEADORALIVE), WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
T: My grandmother who died before I could meet her. The stories I’ve heard of her fearlessness, zealousness and compassion for people are reminders of the potential in this life, of how capable we are of giving ourselves to others in humility and love.
K: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT TO WORK ON SO FAR?
T: My experience of filming a documentary in Bolivia. It was the most confident I’ve ever felt behind the camera and was a confirming time in filmmaking that held me in a place of clarity about what I really wanted to do.
K: WHAT DO YOU SHOOT/FILM WITH? HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS/VIDEOS/WHAT DO YOU USE TO EDIT?
T: I shoot with a Canon 5d m3 and a Sony a7s – I use LR and FCP X for editing both photos and video.
K: WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING FILM MAKER/VIDEOGRAPHER/CINEMATOGRAPHER?
T: Time of day can really make/break a shot – dawn and dusk are my most favourite times of day to shoot.