Let There Be @sandialaverne

I met Sandia in 2011 through a summer theatre camp in the city & we finally reunited after 7 years for this specific photoshoot! We shot at this cool shop Let There Be Neon that sells neon signs & they were the coolest people. I’ll link their location at the bottom of the post if you’re interested in venturing there.

Sandia graduated from Oberlin College and is currently living in NYC. She is a photographer & the moments she captures are so beautifully raw. Get to know Sandia & her work by reading this interview I did with her.

Tell us 1 fun fact about yourself
S:
My name means ‘watermelon’ in Spanish!

Did you always want to be a Photographer?
S:Not officially! I became interested in photography at the end of middle school/beginning of high school, but never seriously considered it as something that I wanted to do, or even something that I could do. It wasn’t until this past year when I started to learn more about photography and shoot seriously that I considered the possibility of doing photography in a more official way. I’ve always wanted to be an author/actress.

What are some things that inspire you & your work?
S:Each shoot and each photo has its own story and personality that comes about in different ways. A lot of times, on a more basic level, color schemes will inspire me and then something will grow out of that. But I find that just immersing myself in other creative works really feeds into my photography; I was taking a lot of contemporary dance classes a few months ago and those classes became the basis for a shoot that I did. So life around me, the things I interact with in my day to day. And also other art.

What camera do you shoot with?
S: Right now I shoot with an Olympus PEN E-PL7. I also just picked up a Minolta Hi-Matic 9 and I’m starting to learn how to shoot film on that!

What’s the best way to get in touch with you if someone reading this is interested in a photoshoot session?
S: Message me on Instagram, @sandialaverne, and keep an eye out for my more official page coming soon!

What’s one place you want to travel to but haven’t gotten the chance?
S:There are so many places! But the one that’s been on the list for the longest would have to be Greece. And then Iceland.

If you could have a photo session with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
S:Rihanna, 100%. For starters, it would mean that I’d get to hang out with Rihanna. But also I can just imagine that being the most versatile, fun, and intriguing shoot ever. You can play around so much when Rihanna’s involved, just like her music has gone through so many iterations and variations. It would be epic.

What’s something you do to make yourself feel better when you’re feeling down?
S: Tea, music, and the outdoors. The more of those at once, the better, but each one on their own has a really strong calming affect for me. They have the ability to let me pause and re-center myself for a moment, which is sometimes difficult for me to do when I’m sad.

And here are some of my favourite shots:

Let There Be Neon
Take the 1 train (red line) to Franklin Street Station
or
Take the N/Q/R/W (yellow line) to Canal Street Station.
Both locations are around a 5 minute walk to this retro Neon shop.

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