Hi, I’m Camille. All of the “business” advice about “How to run a successful photography business” will tell you that I’ve already broken the most important rule. My “About Me” section isn’t showing my face, and I’m pretty sure that’s rule #1 when it comes to the “About Me” page. But here, instead of a traditional portrait where I’m smiling and showing you how nice I am, I’m showing you how I truly move in the world. The truth is, I’m a little bit shy. And the other truth is, I love showing movement in photography. And I can’t think of a better way to capture who I am than in a picture like this. Visual storytelling is more important than business how-to advice . . . and so is authenticity.
This is my element. A quiet, deserted alleyway in Rome. I travel nearly every month of the year, but you’ll rarely find me standing in line for sites or snapping selfies in front of iconic buildings. The truth is, I’ve seen nearly all of them already. And the second truth is, I’d rather be lingering over an espresso in a cafe than fighting the crowds for a twenty second glimpse of the Mona Lisa (if you’ve been to the Louvre in Paris, then you know what I mean . . .).
When I’m not behind the camera, I’m in the library. I’m working on my third masters degree. This one is in English and American Literature. And I’m already researching for my next thesis, which is on Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities. I’m quiet by nature and the library is my haven. My other two masters are in Western Classics (Greek & Roman Literature, History, and Philosophy) and Eastern Classics (Chinese, Japanese, & Indian Literature, History, and Philosophy). My other two theses are on Brothers Karamazov and Tale of Genji.
My love for literature feeds my love for visual story-telling. My approach to photography is documentary-style because I believe in capturing all of our stories in their unique authenticity. If you love to travel, I will fly to Rome or Paris or Madrid to capture you in your element. If you love quiet summer weddings in Munich, then I will document your story here in Munich. And if it’s been five years since you’ve seen your grandparents, then I will capture the hugs, kisses, and laughter between you. That is the heart of my photography and the meaning I find in it.
Thanks for listening to my story. I can’t wait to hear about yours.