Paris by Elizabeth

@paris_sanders by @zabaay

I was drawn to shoot Paris because she has a very classic look and her style is very fun (I was specifically drawn to her LA jacket that I told her to bring) and all of the clothing she is wearing in the photos belong to her. Since this was the first time we had met, it was very interesting to shoot her because I didn't know what her personality was like. I think it's exciting meeting and shooting new people because I never know what to expect. Looking at peoples' Instagram and having this preconceived notion of what you think they are going to act compared to how they actually are in real life is very interesting to me. The shoot was all very casual and it went smoothly. When I shoot people I like it to be fun and chill as if we are hanging out so that the whole process is very relaxed and there's no barrier between me and the model. In general what I want to convey in my photos is a sense of confidence in the people that I shoot. My main audience is women and that is who I mainly make my work for because I want all women to feel happy with themselves because that is so important especially in a society that constantly tells us that we aren't good enough. But, in this specific series of photos I was focusing more on experimenting with film (since I always shoot digital) as well as capturing portraits of Paris in spaces that stood out to me.

I am originally from Houston, Texas and I moved to New York City when I was 18 to study at Parsons the New School for Design. I am currently 20 years old. I started taking photos when I was around 15/16 and I would always shoot my best friend Violet. Shooting the same person for years was really something that I became too comfortable with. She was my main subject until I moved to New York. Moving to New York forced me to meet new people because I didn't know anyone and I needed models, so I turned to Instagram to find people. I think social media is very helpful for young artists. It's definitely helped me out a lot.