Today we’d like to introduce you to Yolanda Bell.
Yolanda, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My interest in photography started when I was young growing up in Connecticut. I didn’t like having pictures taken of myself but instead wanted to be on the other side of the camera taking the pictures. I was always asking for a camera and some film so I could take pictures. Back then photos were taken with film and polaroid cameras. My goal was to one day really learn the ins and out of photography and to own a professional camera. I bought my first consumer DSLR camera in 2009 and focused on concert photography and shooting in low light for the next several years. In 2011, I upgraded to my first professional DSLR. In 2012 I was able to freelance for Slantress Magazine in Baltimore which was fun and also a learning experience since I’d never done photography for a magazine. Working with the magazine introduced me to the beginning of shooting in the studio and learning lighting. It was awesome seeing my work published on the covers and in the magazine issues. I enjoy photography because it gives me the opportunity to freeze moments in time with photos to look back on; especially since our memories can’t recall every moment in our lives. Because of photography I’ve been able to travel, meet and photograph celebrities and others I would have never met if I wasn’t a photographer. I’ve also been able to teach others photography and see them progress well.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The types of photography I do are portraiture, landscapes, concerts and events. Since moving to Southern California in 2013, I’ve taken some time to photograph different landscapes such as city night scenes, coastlines, sunrises and sunsets. For landscape photography I always use a tripod and various filters depending on the time of day, what I want to achieve and the scene being photographed. When clients purchase and hang my landscape photos on their walls, I want them to feel like they are there in the scene. Doing portraits and events require different tools from landscape photography. It can require various softboxes, flashes, strobes, umbrellas, gels, stands, etc. Whether I’m doing portraiture, landscapes, concerts or events, I want each photo to tell a story and cause the individuals to reflect on those moments frozen in time. Every photo I take is done out of passion for the creative arts. I’m always going to do what’s necessary to take the best photo possible and keep my clients happy!
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what quality do you feel is most helpful?
As an artist success to me is reaching the goals you set for yourself. One photographer may have a goal to make a certain amount of money each year. Another photographer may have a goal to master fashion photography. To succeed as an artist/photographer it’s essential to be humble and willing to accept constructive criticism. No photographer knows everything and there’s always something to learn, regardless of how many years it’s been since you first picked up a camera. When a photographer is not open to constructive criticism, their success will be stunted without a doubt.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Some of my work is available on my website at www.lonibellaphotography.com. Prints can be purchased of my landscape work directly from my website. Also, individuals can contact me regarding specific questions regarding purchasing prints or booking a photo session for portraiture or events.
- Website: www.lonibellaphotography.com
- Phone: 818-900-5911
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loni_bella_photography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoniBellaPhotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/YBellPhoto