Learning About Myself Through My Personal Style Project
Probably one of the things I struggle with the most as a designer and a photographer is the question “What is your style?” This is really hard for me for a couple of reasons.
1 I HAVE A LOT OF INTERESTS
Like, a lot. And while it is good to be well-rounded, sometimes it makes answering these kind soft questions difficult both for other people as well as for myself. I am not a portraits only person or a landscapes only person. I enjoy shooting both, and everything in between. This is one of the reasons I kept my personal style project so broad.
Portrait taken of a Youth on a Mormon Trek Reenactment Trip 2014
2 MY STYLE IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING
Because I have a wide variety of interests, I feel like what and how I like to shoot also changes from day to day. I have learned so many different kinds of photography skills these last few month and have experimented with a lot of new types of photography. This has all helped me grow as a photographer and has broadened my skill set. It has also introduced me to a lot of new styles that have influenced my own.
For example, this shot was taken in my sister’s friend’s mom’s kitchen of the rings that she makes. This came about simply because I had just tied product photography that week and was telling her about it. This is not something that would have ever happened before I tried product photography for the first time.
3 I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT MYSELF
I like to talk, but I like to talk about things. As an extroverted-introvert (someone who is introverted by nature but can be outgoing when necessary), I can talk to people about pretty much anything but what I am really thinking and feeling. In social situations I can have a lot of fun, but then I need to step away and recharge. When I was in High School my way of recharging was to go on a run or to write. I wrote this poem after a block dance I attended in the parking lot of my high school.
Running Under Stars by Alexis Moser 2012
Lights and sound fade as I walk out onto the empty track.
The sky’s inky blackness is so deep I can breathe it in.
It is so rich I can taste it.
The heavens are spread out above me.
My walk slowly turns to a run.
The rich air is now swirling around me,
Embracing me as I cut through it.
I lift my arms out to the sky and it swallows me in.
The chill nips at my face as I fly to the stars.
Astro Shot of the Milky Way from Island Park
MY PERSONAL STYLE
My favorite kind of photography is the shots that I take just for myself, because I like something and want to capture it. Just like running has done in the past, photography helps me escape and rejuvenate, but it also helps me then come back and really connect with people as I share something of myself with them as through my work.
Strawberry Blooms from My Garden | Featured in FLOWERS AND BLOOMS OF SPRING I
My personal style is to elevate the specially beauty that is already around me. We normally don’t notice something until it is broken. Photography helps me notice things that otherwise I would completely take for granted, even if I don’t have a camera in hand.
Some of my favorite things are those releases of just really enjoying the moment. Driving through farmland ten miles under the speed limit with the window down or watching children interact with their parents or grandparents. Life is about these small, precious moments when we remember to breath deep and really live in the moment.
PERSONAL STYLE PROJECT
THE HEART OF THE VALLEY is a project about capturing the Snake River Plain and the people that live here though a mixture of landscape, environmental, event, and portrait photography. Each person has a unique story that is woven into the tapestry of the culture, community, and heart of the valley. Focusing in on that thread or at a piece of the design though different lenses I fascinating to me.
A CONTINUING EFFORT
While most projects for me end when I turn them in, I feel like this one is different because it has become a part of who I am in its role of helping me learn about myself. I now try to take a camera with me everywhere, and it I don’t have a camera I continue to think about what parts of whatever I am seeing I would want to focus on. This has opened my eyes to a lot more beauty in the world and has helped me be better about SEIZING THE DAY, ONE DAY AT A TIME. Most importantly, this project has helped me connect with others as I have shared more about me, rather than just things and working to capture what makes each person themselves as well.