Studio: Renee Robyn Photography
Location: Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Montreal – Canada
What made you get into photography?
It started out with a career in modeling, but after 11 years, I had a lot of ideas in my head. No matter how I would describe them to someone else, they weren’t getting it, so I finally said ‘Ok, I’ll do it myself!’ And, 3 years later, here I am. I never planned on it being anything more than an outlet for being creative, but it has grown and evolved into what it is today.
How would you describe your photography style?
My images are a combination of photography and digital art. When I take an image, what comes out of the camera, I view to be the rough sketch of the shot. I then upload it into Photoshop, and that’s when I get to feel truly creative. I can sit down and draw and create my world and story. I mainly work in fashion, fetish, underwater, and hair competitions.
Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
I’m hugely influenced by music, painters and comic books. Todd McFarlane, Luis Royo, Sorayama, Giger, are just a couple to name them off the top of my head. I find their portrayal of their images of men and women to be incredibly sexy.
Photographers inspire me, but I find if I am really in need of inspiration I will turn on some music, read a book, flip open some fantasy paint collections, or call up some of my favorite people and just talk to them. Nothing is more inspiring than talking to someone who is truly passionate about life and their careers.
Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
I am entirely self-taught with a lot of experimentation, internet searching, dissecting, and asking a lot of questions. Not everyone is willing to help, but if you look, and not let discouragement win, there are many avenues to pursue knowledge.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
The determination and sheer stubborn will to take the first step is always the hardest. Endurance is the next big step. Like anyone starting a business on their own, it’s a scary process, and in a world where photographers are everywhere, it can be very challenging. Waking up one morning and deciding that wishing just isn’t enough anymore, is a daunting realization. Beyond that, it’s the spine to keep going, and desire for continuous improvement.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
I love the people I get to work with. The people I meet are absolutely fascinating and from so many different walks of life. Being able to speak to them and build art with other creative and inspiring people is something I am so grateful for. I love art and I love being able to share it with others.