We are going in on the Shooter’s Profile series. This is the latest one with dope South Florida fashion photographer, Wildy Civil.
What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Wildy Civil. I’m a fashion photographer.
Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I grew up in South Florida, but I’ve been in Atlanta for a while now. I got to experience a wide variety
of people when I lived in Florida. Experiencing that diversity at such a young age gave me so much knowledge about other cultures – their fashion, practices, and personalities.
Explain what initially got you into shooting?
I first got into photography because I needed a hobby. Eventually people started offering to pay me for photos. I was apprehensive at first, but over time I fell in love with the fashion side of photography.
Explain what does an average day look like for you?
My day usually starts with checking my emails, social media, researching for new concepts and editing photos.
I’m in college so I spend a fair amount of my day in class. After my classes are done I’m usually in the library studying or back at home working on more photos. I’m never not doing something.
What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
I find my inspiration from fashion magazines, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
Right now I’m using a Nikon D7000. My favorite lenses are the 35mm 1.8 and 70-200mm 2.8
What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
I specialize in fashion and lifestyle photography. I’m diverse when it comes to the content I shoot, but I enjoy working with models more than anything else. There’s nothing more rewarding than bringing the best out of someone and pairing that energy with a great look and location.
Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
My top 3 music albums right now would have to be…
Good Religion (Dream Junkies), Too High To Riot (Bas), and Telefone (Noname). I love music with great energy and impactful lyrics. When I have these albums on in the background they put me in a good mood, and that boosts my creative mindset.
Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
I follow so many photographers it would be impossible for me to narrow it down. What I admire about all of their photos/styles is that they push the industry forward. They focus on quality, concept, and execution.
What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting?
Buy the gear you can afford, master the basics, and learn from those that inspire you. Photographers with entry-level gear can take pro-level photos if they know what they’re doing. All you need is a vision of what you want to create – the challenge is figuring out how you’re going to make it come to life. After 7 years of shooting, one lesson I keep learning is that you can always be better.
Random Question: What has been the best day of your life so far?
The best day of my life would have to be the day that I realized I can do whatever I want in this world. Ever since then my life has been going upward.
What is next for you?
What’s next is to continue following my dreams. I only have one goal – progress. I just launched my new website
and I’ve already got ideas for new concepts to shoot this Fall/Winter. However, photography is only one portion of where I want to go with my creative career. Keep an eye on my social media! 2016 is far from over.
Where can people find you?
Instagram & Twitter: @NikonPapi