We had the good fortune of connecting with Tristan Onfroy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tristan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
People often focus on the risks of pursuing something different or scary, all the while forgetting that there are also risks with choosing to stay the same. From my experience, everything I’ve ever truly wanted to pursue began with taking a risk that scared me. When I first started with photography, it took me a long time before I felt comfortable with sharing my photos. Once I allowed myself to push past this fear, the real work of growing my passion began. Each step of the way was a battle with my fears. From learning to be comfortable with taking photos of human subjects, to leaving jobs in order to travel the world and capture the beauty I’ve always wanted to see, it was a risk I knew was necessary to do what I love. To take productive risks is to stretch yourself towards a version of your life that you may have never known otherwise; a version that creates and manifests opportunities that align with your goals. So many people are paralyzed by the idea of taking risks. The fear of failure has been a reality for all of us at one point or another and if we let it overcome us, we end up risking our own happiness.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Most photographers pursue photoshoots with well known models or focus on the chance to photograph popular landmarks all over the world. Personally, I find true joy in doing photoshoots with friends or people who are not “professionals” with being in front of the camera. This allows the opportunity to create something organic between myself and the subject. As for my travel and street photography, it is geared more toward the places I’ve visited that you may not find on a list of top tourist attractions. These days, I look forward to the moments where I am struck with inspiration for a photoshoot. I’m most excited while working on putting the shoot together the way I envisioned it. Most of the success I’ve had with photography came from remaining consistent. I have been very open to various different styles of photoshoots from product and fashion, to event photography and headshots. Each shoot has taught me something new along the way. As any creative with tell you, there will likely be a time where you are working for free. This was most challenging for me as I was not able to make upgrades to my equipment for a really long time and missed out on some big opportunities. I’ve learned to really make due with what I have and to keep an open mind when trying new things. If there’s anything I want the world to know about my story, its that every photo I chose to share was taken in a moment where I had grown as a person.
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?
If you come to visit me in LA, our first stop is to get some Ramen! I live in Culver City, so its mandatory that we grab a few drinks on Culver blvd at any of the many restaurants/bars near the Culver Hotel. There will also be a day where we drive up to the mountains for a scenic hike (bridge to nowhere if we can wake up early enough!). I’ve recently purchased a 12 speed city bike, so riding the Ballona Creek path down to Marina del Rey is a must. I love to take photos of my friends while they are in town. There are a few secret spots I like to hang out at where good memories are sure to be born. I keep my camera handy for these moments!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to someone who has been a major major influence on how I view creativity. My good friend Maxx aka Maxx At Last is a talented Dj, Producer and occasional singer. We grew up in the same neighborhood and since the day we met, I’ve always been able to count on him to challenge me with elevating myself creatively. His work ethic and love for all things artistic is admirable. A true inspiration.
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