We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelique Yvonne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelique, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
This can be hard sometimes. When I first moved to LA after finishing school, I found that things did not work out the way I thought they would. It’s competitive out there and I felt like giving up. One thing that kept me going though was allowing myself to take a step back and focus on just photographing for fun instead of keeping on the business grind. I fell back in love with photography again and I feel like I grew so much more as an artist. I had more creative freedom to explore and make mistakes and learn from them instead of judging myself if something didn’t turn out how I thought it would. I think it’s important to give yourself space sometimes.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always been interested in the arts and originally started my education as a general arts major. I loved making things with my hands and when I found the darkroom class, I switched to join the photography program. I loved that I was able to be apart of the process with developing and printing. I felt more connected to the images I made and the whole darkroom process taught me so much. I shoot mainly film because it forces me to slow down and really think about each picture as I only have so many frames on each roll. One thing I’ve learned throughout the years is to give yourself time and be patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time to build your foundation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start the trip with getting coffee at Tierra Mia in Highland Park and then walk around the neighborhoods there. One of my favorite parts of LA was just walking around the streets and finding the most magical places. There are so many beautiful plants and houses with so much character, I love seeing how people decorate. I would then say we go to one of LA’s beautiful botanical gardens, one of my favorites was in Altadena. I spend most of my time outside in nature so anytime friends came to visit, I took them to all my favorite outdoor spots. I would say to take a drive up into Los Angeles National Forest and maybe watch the sunset from up there, overlooking the city, then probably head back down and grab dinner at a cute restaurant in Highland Park. Of course we’d also have to go to a beach, Malibu for the cliffs, or Manhattan beach for surfing. As far as the bars go, I loved going to this Irish pub in Pasadena, Griffins of Kinsale. It’s a family owned pub and the regulars there are so much fun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a huge thanks to my friends. Not only have they been a huge support for me, they’ve also been my models. Some of my best work was created on the fly with Karina Segura and Aubrey Schuring (two of my best friends from Jr. High/High School). They have been so inspiring and are always down to get together and experiment with my ideas. I’d also like to thank the photo program at my university UVU. My teachers and peers pushed me to pursue the arts professionally and helped build me up. I’m so grateful for that community. And one more shout out to Jennifer’s Thayne, who I met in my photo program and who has also been one of my favorite muses to photograph and create with.