We had the good fortune of connecting with Libby Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Libby, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor to me when it comes to my photography is creating meaningful connections with the people that I work with, I don’t believe that success is something that one person can achieve by themselves. I feel most successful when I have created professional and personal relationships with models, makeup artists, hair stylists, etc., to the point that I can begin to work with them on a regular basis. Having a fun atmosphere during a photo shoot only happens when you’ve really gotten to know the people you are working with, and you know that everyone is working toward the same goal; creating beautiful images and having a good time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel really luck to have found photography. It is something that always brings me joy and is a constant outlet for my ideas. I have been working since I was 16 and am now approaching 21. I have been fortunate enough to work on both coasts, out of San Diego and New York City. Throughout my career I have gotten the chance to work on some really cool projects and meet some amazing people. I am currently back in New York City and am amazed at how easy it has been to connect with other creatives during these odd times. Though I have been primarily focused on fashion photography for the majority of my career, I am excited to begin branching and trying other types of photography. Currently, I am becoming more and more interested in music photography and working with musical artists. Fashion photography is still the area I would most like to continue with, and hope to do so. I am constantly learning new lessons, the most important I think is to work to please yourself and not try to create for the sake of likes or followers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Though it’s definitely not a secret spot, anyone who is visiting San Diego has to go to Balboa Park. It is such a lovely place to spend the day. The architecture and music together make it a perfect spot for some people watching and reading. Besides Balboa Park, La Jolla and Pacific Beach both have special places in my heart and arguably the best beaches in San Diego. Either would be great places to get lost and inevitably stumble on good shopping and takeout food.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have helped me throughout the process of discovering photography and turning it into my career, but the person that I owe the most to is my dad, Scott Edwards. My dad has been my biggest fan and support system. He bought me my very first camera almost six years ago, and has taken on the role of my manager, lawyer, publicist, and much more. His creativity, fearlessness, and vast knowledge of the business world have inspired me since I was young. My dad was the first person to really teach me that no dream is too crazy or too big to chase. I am fortunate to have two parents who love and support me, who let me drive to Los Angeles for photo shoots beginning at the age of 17, and who supported me in the decision to go to an arts school on the other side of the country. About two-three times a week, I call my dad with photo emergencies and social media dilemmas, he is always there to help, and the first person to ask how a shoot went. I am indebted to my parents for their endless support.
(Models:) Olivia Sullivan, Sasha Spiridonova, Sterling Myers, Imani, Grace Hurley, Maude Latour, Kate Bartlett