Photographer Profile: Danielle Grandison
Updated: Apr 2
CA: What caused you to get into photography? DG: I honestly don’t even know anymore. I guess one day in my studio art class I got fed up with drawing portraits and decided to take them instead.
CA: How did photography make you see the world differently? DG: I have a problem now. Once the light hits something I feel like I have to take a picture of it. My selfie to random object ratio in my photo stream is embarrassing.
CA: What do you do to improve on your craft? Techniques? DG: Well I major in Film and Media Arts so I basically surrounded myself with my craft. I do gigs as practice, but mostly I just put the most effort in my school projects and exploit them later.
CA: How did your classes in film & photography help you in regards to your work? DG: Sometimes I feel like my classes hurt my work. Most of my time goes into developing work for class or other people and I rarely get time for myself. However, sometimes certain assignments inspire me later on and I find myself recreating work with the same constraints.
CA: What is the perfect picture to you? DG: If it tells a story without force, I love it. What do you feel after taking a picture of a loved one or close friend? I feel used because more than likely it’s going on Facebook or Instagram. What helps you get in the mindset to shoot something? I never really have to get in the mindset to shoot. I always want to shoot.
CA: How long have you been doing photography? DG: Since I was exposed to it in highschool.
CA: Do you have a favorite moment while working with your camera? DG: Two years ago on my mothers birthday I tried to surprise her with a visit, but tickets home were too expensive. I was sad and frustrated which motivated me to find a distraction. I sat on top of a school building and watched the sun rise. I’m corny but the images I got from that day are my favorite.
CA: What do you feel is the biggest asset that you have right now? DG: I honestly don’t know. I just like the fact that everything I do has the same style to it so clearly I have some type of brand going on. I hope.
CA: And the biggest challenge you have as of right now? DG: I have to stop doubting myself. 98% of the work I do ends up in a folder called I Hate You because if I look at it too long I think it sucks.
CA: What is fun and rewarding for you in regards to photography? DG: Who doesn’t like getting paid for what they enjoy doing?
CA: Nikon or canon? DG: Both. Anything. Everything. I like them all.
CA: Do you take pictures with a smartphone? If so, which do you prefer between a smartphone and a DSLR? DG: Smartphones are cool for in the moment convenience, but I’m in love with my DSLR.
CA: What is Aesthetic Affinity? DG: That’s my portfolio. The word play really makes sense of it all. Aesthetic means a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement while Affinity means a natural liking for or attraction to.
CA: How do you want your work/portfolio to be remembered for? DG: I honestly don’t care how just as long as it is .
CA: What is the best advice you can give someone with a strong desire to do photography?
DG: Shoot every and anything. Don’t fall into a stylized niche you need your work to be diverse so it can reach every and any one. Unless you’re that good, then by all means do you honey.