For photographer, Laura Barisonzi, it’s all about trying things she’s never done before—traveling to places she’s never seen, getting involved with sports she’s never tried, and shaping light in new and innovative ways. Not everyone possesses this passion, which is why we caught up with Laura to ask her more about her career in sports and lifestyle photography.
How did you end up where you are today and the field of photography you specialize in?
I’m a NYC-based photographer and studied at Brown University and RISD. I strive to capture natural action and genuine emotion. My lifestyle and sports work are both based on the beauty of real active people and natural movement rather than stiff poses. What keeps me inspired to shoot is connecting with people and experiencing new places.
How do you promote your work? Can you offer any advice?
My best advice for promoting your work would be to do what’s best for you. The Internet has made showing your work significantly easier in the past decade and photographers speak the visual language best. Use that to your advantage.
As the media landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years, how do you go about finding work? Do clients come to you or are you networking?
It’s always a treat when a client gets in touch with the intent of hiring me. The most important thing is to stay proactive. Showing my work is paramount and I make it a point to meet with new and existing clients to make sure I understand as much as I can about their brand and audience.
With ImageBrief, I can show my work to multiple outlets, see what kind of images are being sought out, and make some new connections along the way.
What’s one of your most memorable shoot experiences and why?
I couldn’t possibly pick one all-time favorite shoot, every one has new challenges! One that sticks vividly in my mind was on location in Moab for Title Nine where we went climbing and base jumping with Steph Davis who is also an ambassador for prAna. I was impressed with Steph’s courage, discipline, and achievements in her sport of choice, and she made a lasting impression. I only hope I can capture images that represent how epic these elite athletes are.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I love traveling to new places and photographing something I’ve never shot before. Be it a sport I haven’t tried or a place I haven’t visited before, I try to keep it fresh. I have lived abroad in South America and Asia, backpacked on four continents, and been to 49 states, but I still have many places I’d like to go. For me, that hunger to see something new is a big part of staying inspired in photography. Sebastião Salgado, Annie Leibovitz, and Nadav Kander are some of my favorite photographers, but I look to cinematography and painting for even further inspiration in shaping light.
What are your camera kit essentials?
I use Nikon gear. Some essentials that go in my bag are a dust blower, the fastest cards I can buy, carbon fiber tripod, super clamps, a rain cover, and a giant silver and white flex fill. I also use strobes of some kind on almost every shoot.