We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Petrie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, what inspires you?
I am inspired by what makes people tick, a great playlist, gathering around a campfire, and visual storytelling. I light up when I have the opportunity to work with non-traditional folks, who are authentic, quirky, and creative. I am awestruck when I see or create images that break down societal norms and show that all kinds of people, love, and life experiences are valid and beautiful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe that when you allow yourself to live in a creative headspace, you become skilled at discovering solutions, are open to new avenues of self-expression, and encounter many unique people. What sets me apart from others, is that I have extensive experience in customer service and administration, and those types of roles help aid the business side of my creativity and how I relate with my clients and network. There have been many growing pains pursuing photography, and I am always learning how to optimize my business practices, and reach the clients I want to work with. I overcome the pains, by letting myself feel them completely, talk with other professionals, research, change things up, and look back to where I started and acknowledge the improvements and successes.
The biggest lesson that I have learned is that rejection is protection, and to accept rejections and keep being passionate. When I meet new clients, I want them to know that they are in a judgment-free zone, that I am just as anxious as they might be, and that I sincerely care about them outside of a business transaction.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Venice – Cafe Gratitude and walk the Venice Canals. PCH – Take a scenic drive and find yourself at El Matador Beach. Stop at Lily’s in Malibu for the best fish tacos you’ve ever had
Topanga Canyon – Hidden Treasures for some read vintage finds
Griffith Park – The observatory at sunrise or sunset is always amazing Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my partner, Tobi Harper. They assist me on shoots, have networked me with many talented authors and artists, helped mount art exhibits, edited my website copy, and are my constant sounding board. I truly can’t do my art without them! Tobi is a powerhouse in their own career as Deputy Director of Red Hen Press, LA’s longest-running literary press, and founded a queer imprint, Quill. They are so inspiring!
Other: TikTok @emily.c.petrie
Photo of me: Taken by Friend, Michael Gmur. All other images taken by myself, Captured by Emily C. Petrie.