Behind the Lens
By La'Trish Mack
I have the world re-knowned photographer, Stevon Creque on the line, how are you Stevon?
Tell me a little bit about how you got started doing photography. I had a little creative blog with graphic design and I always took pictures and did photo manipulations but through photography I would have been better able to tell my story through people telling their story so I went and brought a little cheap camera. It was a canon brand, which I still stick with til this day and I just started taking pictures. I started out with wildlife and then I moved on to people and landscapes.
Did you always know you would be a photographer or was that something you just fell into? I always just been into art itself so everything around me inspires me. Like when we wake up in the morning, there’s different situations, you can create a photograph out of that and tell a story. Drawing was my very first art expression, my very first art form.
What was life like living in the Virgin Islands? It was awesome, just to experience the culture, the people…I have family back home that root for me and my creative processes throughout. It’s a nice community there, very festive. The people, the food, just being there, a lot of people know it as a vacation spot but that’s a place that really made me who I am through my education as well as just being overall creative and inspired on a daily. It’s so much talent there.
Other photographers…we praise eachother’s work and give eachother constructive criticism because even though we are a creative form or art expression there are certain rules we have to follow within the craft itself. ---(Stevon gave a shot out to his fellow photographers.) I have been in the states for about 7 years. Being in the US I have more opportunities to grow creatively.
What type of photography do you enjoy doing most? Portraits and nature
What was the biggest road block, you’ve experienced on your path to success? Gathering support while in NC, but that support came quickly. You have to keep on pushing regardless of the career or profession you’re in.
The first thing he did when he moved to the states was get a job and start working. He moved there for school and family.
I couldn’t fit in, because I stood out. I just found people who were within my major at ECU and I made friends like that. It was a great experience, we learned a lot about eachother.
How is it working with so many beautiful women as a photographer? I just see the art form itself. It’s all about getting the right photograph so you just have to get that mindset and start snapping pictures and have the models be as comfortable as possible. Keep in mind that I take pictures of males as well. I test shots firsts and then they can see their photos.
What is the next level you aspire to be on? You just have to wait and see, but it’s coming. I have my works published in several magazines. I give everyone a shotout who I’ve worked with. All the models. Shotout to NC photographers and videographers and hairstylists and folks that own businesses. We’re doing it, small businesses are on the rise and I appreciate everyone’s support.
What keeps you motivated? Life, living, the urge to just keep creating. I want to keep creative until I can’t anymore. We’re young right now and we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring. I just want to help other people grow and that motivates me also. It is having a god-given gift, it is my responsibility. I have a lot of friends that aren’t here with us. I feel close to them through the work they left behind even though they’re no longer here with me. I feel like I have a responsibility to them as well. I have a responsibility to carry on their energy and you know the light that they brought into the world.
What advice would you give to an aspiring photographer? Take photographs every day, keep snapping. If it’s a picture of the water, find out how you can make that look more dramatic. Find out do you need different color lights, do you need shadows? Business wise, try to do as much free shoots as possible. That’s mostly how all creatives start. We all need experience to get to that next level. Some of the best photographers need some inspiration sometimes.
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