Name: Jane Queen (Dangerously Dolly)
Location: Atlanta, GA
What made you get into photography?
At first I tried out modeling and soon figured (due to many upsets) I just wasn’t into it. I’ve always wanted to create art that pops out of my head, and because I am completely talentless when it comes to painting, photography seemed like the better option. I still enjoyed art class when I was in school though, and even more so, music class. I was the “band geek.” I am sure everybody finds their path to self-expression, whether it’s fashion, music, painting. Photography became one of mine!
How would you describe your photography style?
I personally like all kinds of photography styles, but Dangerously Dolly is alternative, with a little bit retro, a little bit modern, and a little bit glam. Shake that up real good and top with glitter!
Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
I personally love the work of surreal artists, painters that know how to play with contrast and know how to bounce colors off of each other. I also loved the modeling work of Page, Harlow, and Monroe very much. That is primarily what influenced my style and made it what it is now. I didn’t start to learn about other famous photographers until later on, but if I were to grow and flourish into a more high-budget range, I would say my work could eventually turn out to look like a cross between Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle, Steven Klein. So if anyone is interested to see what that baby would probably look like, find me in a few more years.
Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
I think “art” in general is embedded into a person’s genes somewhere. So, I just picked up a camera. I’m still learning though!
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
For me it has been a few things.
1) The ones who are out to get you. It’s primarily why I’m taking a break and focusing on going back to school. I’m going back to the original plans I had for myself before photography kind of fell on my lap. I’ll still be shooting, just not as much as I did before. Some may see that as a sign of weakness, but in reality, it takes a lot of strength to temporarily step away from what you love.
2) Keeping my work out of the wrong hands. I feel it’s important for photographers and artists to go above and beyond when it comes to protecting their work.
3) Among other minor things, photography is financially demanding. Now let me tell you, I have done wonderful things with what has been put before me and those who were there when I first started, knows exactly what I had. But the terrible thing is what is in my mind costs about ten times the amount I can actually put forward to create something. After a while this becomes what I call “creatively frustrating”. Perhaps it can be both a good and bad thing when you have an overly enthusiastic creative mind. That’s why I envy people who could paint. They don’t need to hire a full team, have a set built, or book a location to paint what is on their mind.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
Being that I work primarily with women, the most rewarding thing has been seeing them sparkle while I shoot. I love it when I am able to pull a girl out of her shell. It’s okay to be sexy, seriously! Also, when they get the photos back that big “WOW” I get always makes me feel warm. OH, and if I can make anyone I shoot laugh, that’s a bonus. I am not saying I’m a comedian, but sometimes I pretend to be. Laughs during a shoot = a very good day!!