We had the good fortune of connecting with Freddie B. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Freddie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to share my “vision” of the world, and those within it, with as many people as I could – I want people to “see my voice.” Also, I have been blessed with the ability to travel abroad on occasion to experience and see the different cultures and the beauty of the sights and people Using my camera to capture these “moments” in my own way, allows me to “give back” in bringing the world to those who may never be able to see it for themselves.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always used the camera to capture “moments” and “experiences” I wanted to share and to help me express what I felt within when I looked upon the view I was taking in…in essence, my camera was my “voice” to help me express what I wanted to say because as someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, I have challenges in doing so in other ways. But there came a point in time that I grew weary of shooting in camera automatic mode because what the camera captured when I pressed the shutter button, more often than not, failed to capture what I saw and envisioned what I wanted to share. I realized that in order to truly “capture” what I desired, I had to learn the manual mode of the camera rather that let the camera decide what I saw. It was a discovery, riddled with trial and error, of learning that I could actually recreate what I saw and how I felt by manually adjusting the various camera settings: aperture, shutter speed, exposure, and so much more. My journey was plagued with self-doubt, a technical learning curve, and a lack of self-believe but with the support, feedback, and belief of friends and those I shared my images with, I kept going. I am now at a place that I know who I am as a photographer and even though I am still learning; a photographer never stops learning, I believe in myself and in my abilities to capture what I want in the way I want.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Many have inspired me throughout my journey, to many to list, but here are a few of the main ones: Robert Lim, an international award winning photographer known around the world for his portrait and wedding photography who provided me inspiration early on when I attended on of his workshops. Roberto Cerini, a friend and an award winning portrait and life-style photographer who, early on, made me believe in myself and encouraged me to not give up and to push forward when I wanted to give up from a lack of belief in myself and self-confidence. Sue Bryce, an award-winning Australian portrait photographer whose work continues to inspire me beyond words in my own work and portrait techniques.
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