Hello everyone 🙂 Todays interview will be featuring the amazing Swopes. Funny story on how I was introduced to Swopes. Over a year ago when I first moved to Chicago, I started getting into taking pictures and editing them due to seeing all these beautiful views. I took this picture at Lincoln Park Zoo and finished editing it and sent it to my friend Sabina who was into photography. When she finally looked at it, she said it reminded her of a Swopes picture. From there I found out who she was and I have been a huge fan ever since. Anyways, Swopes is one of the greats coming out of Chicago when it comes to her picture taking skills. Check out the interview below, give her a following on social media and admire her beautiful artwork.
- Hello, my name is Elise Swopes! *To anyone wondering where the name Swopes came from*
- I first started getting into photography around 2011 when I started instagram. I started shooting with my iPhone and learned from there.
- Yes, Trashhand.
- It’s hard for me to call myself a photographer because there are people who do much more in depth photography. They travel to unknown places and capture emotion and things people have never seen. I don’t have the guts for that. I consider myself an artist overall. I tend to edit my photos beyond what they naturally are.
- Yes, it’s true to an extent. I have been shooting more with my Canon 6d because I have to learn it to further my career. I unfortunately can’t shoot big events with my iPhone haha.
- I’d have to say, adding on to my portfolio, and also hoping to making some money off of it lol.
- For me, I enjoy shooting Landscape and Concert Photography.
- Hmm… I’d have to probably say either The Hancock Observatory or The Willis Tower.
- My favorites are VscoCam, Filterstorm, Mextures, Snapseed, Artstudio, SKRWT, Circular, PicFX, and Reflection. I like a mixture of both, I have found the Hue change in Lightroom is way better than on the phone.
- What I meant was, due to all of the editing you can due to a picture, you truly can make it look good. haha
- Sometimes it’s hard to consider myself a photographer because of all the editing I do to my photo. Most of them aren’t real, but when they are “real” like candids for example. While I was in Japan, I guess I could consider those decent. I mean, for real though, there are people risking their lives for photos. I am not one of them, THOSE are the best photographers.
- When I first started Instagram, all of my posts were of my cat and food. But as time went on I noticed all of the possibilities with all the types of apps that were coming out. I have been creating virtual art ever since I can remember. It’s just something that has always been natural to me, so for the convenience of creating on my phone and posting immediately became somewhat of an addiction. Instagram caught on to my obsession and put me on the suggested user list. I woke up one morning with thousands of followers, but I can’t seem to remember exactly what caused it. I just know I worked my ass of for months, every single day, all day editing on my phone and posting.
- You really can’t slow down, it’s unfortunate actually, and this is something I talk about often because I do, too, feel the pressure every single day to post something new. But it’s normal to take your time on your work. I have an issue with the internet because of this fast paced reveal of new art. I wish I could just keep it chill. But one comment always comes up for me, “You haven’t posted in in two days, where are you?” i’m living my life haha.
- I’ve learned to not be afraid to try new things. People love something they have never seen before. A lot of people tend to copy someone who inspires them, but copying isn’t flattering to me. It’s just sad because I want people to be the best them possible.
- Aw man, yeah Istanbul, Turkey is next for me. But I am in college at the moment trying to get these straight A’s and it’s impossible to do so when i’m traveling a lot.
- BE YOURSELF. Do what you love every single f*in day and literally envision how you expect your life to be. It’ll all work itself out.