Absolutely in love with the work of talented Miami based photographer and yogi Carla Barraez! Through her photography, she intends to portray her love of sunlight and ocean, constantly chasing after the vulnerability of the sun shining upon us. Her personal style and experiences seep through the lens, sometimes taking us into an alternate reality that photography provides. Carla already worked with Tysa Designs, Eastern Soul, Cake Magazine, DISfunkshion Magazine, JUTE Magazine… and she was so kind to tell us a little bit about herself…
How did you get into photography?
I took photography as an elective when I was in high school. When it was time to decide what I wanted to go to university for, I decided I couldn’t live a life without the arts in it. I like to think that’s when I truly began my work in photography.
What inspires you?
The cosmos and nature. More specifically the ocean, the moon, the sky, and the sun. I’m a yogi, so all the energy these give out I’m extremely attracted to. Spirituality has a lot to do with my creative process.
What does photography mean to you?
A means to inspire those who feel and think like myself to live a life of love and self-acceptance.
What do you think is most important at a shoot?
The model! If the model’s look isn’t exactly what is my style I have a hard time connecting to the visual aspect of the shoot.
Is there anyone whose work has influenced you?
Painters, photographers, and designers. Classically, Gustv Klimt and Vincent van Gogh inspire my color pallet. Photographers like Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn. I’ve been lucky enough to be working with some spectacular designers that make my visions come to life.
What gear do you use?
I’ve always been against the technicalities of this medium. I work with a Nikon D90, a Fujifilm Instax Mini, and for underwater, my iPhone.
How would you describe your style?
Hard to say. My work is ever-evolving. As I change as an individual, spiritually and artistically, so does my work. A lot of my creativity comes from being at peace, with my yoga practice. That bohemian spirit, the natural color pallet, and the organic movements are something I admire in art.
What is the most challenging part about being a photographer for you?
Honestly? I’m only 24. Everything’s challenging right now!
Any photography tips?
Keep working. And then work some more. Put your work into words.
What are your future plans?
My most recent future plans involve the Adriatic Sea, sunshine, and the best company I can think of.
Thank you so much Carla for letting us have look into your world and all the best for your future! I really can’t wait to see more of your amazing work!