Today I'm here with one of my good friends, Sydney! She runs an Instagram account named @endeavorsofego. It's pretty awesome, if you haven't followed yet, you definitely should! Ego is one of the most handsome border collies, and Sydney is such a fun person!
Let's get this thing rolling!
When did you begin your Instagram account and what do you enjoy most about it?
I started Instagram at the end of November last year. My favorite thing about it has been all of the friends I've made. I've been lucky enough to meet a few of them in person and it's amazing how we were able to form such a wonderful friendship through Instagram.
What advice would you give someone just beginning in photography?
Practice! I've only been at it for a few months, but one of my goals is to take photos at least a few days a week to practice using my camera and then edit them the other days to learn my software. YouTube and Google are also helpful tools, but nothing beats doing it yourself.
What editing software do you like to use?
I primarily use and prefer Lightroom. It was the first editing software I started with so I'm most comfortable with it. I just recently started using Photoshop, but I feel it's much more complicated and still have a lot to learn.
Where do you find inspiration?
Ego is my inspiration! I love capturing his expressions and emotions through my photography. I've struggled photographing other dogs and other objects because none of them are as inspiring to me as Ego.
If you had to shoot only one photography niche for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Based on my previous answer I feel it's no surprise when I say portraits/animals, specifically Ego photos. That's already what I shoot 99.9% of the time so I wouldn't be too upset.
What’s your favorite part(s) of the photoshoot process?
It would definitely be a toss up between the travelling and the editing. I love to hike and travel with Ego, it helps inspire me and I just enjoy seeing Ego happy to run outdoors. However I feel I express myself much more through my editing than my actual photos. I can put my own twist and edit fine details to be exactly how I envision.
Are you partial to a specific subject/pose?
As stated before Ego is my favorite subject, but I really love when he stares directly into the camera. His eyes speak so deeply and I love when I capture that certain glimmer to them.
What is a photoshoot you’ve always wanted to have?
If it happens, I would love to have a wedding shoot for myself and Ego. He's such a huge part of my life, it's only fitting that he be a part of all of my major life events.
The tones in your photos are gorgeous! How did you find your distinctive editing style and what do you like about it?
I only recently discovered my own editing style through lots of trial and error and studying accounts and photographer that I admire. I didn't want to copy anyone, but rather establish a style and look uniquely to myself. I also wanted a style that would compliment Ego's looks and enhance them. Those two pieces put together are my favorite things about my style.
What’s your favorite memory or something funny that happened in a shoot?
A memory that's always stuck with me was when I was photographing Ego on campus and a group of people came up and recognized him. Turns out a few of them were in my same class, but didn't recognize me only Ego!
What do you like most about taking pictures?
I like that pictures are a physical representation of our imaginations. No one photographs the same and everyone interprets the art differently. I also love all of the weird positions and locations you can take amazing pictures. People definitely stare when I'm taking photos of Ego on my college campus.
What inspired you to create an Instagram for Ego?
The only reason I created one was because I wanted a place to put all of my photos so I wasn't bombarding my facebook friends with photos of Ego (although I do that anyway). It made me ridiculously happy to see that so many other people started to appreciate Ego as much as I do.
That's a wrap!