Feature Friday: Dana Trippe
You've likely seen her work or know her name, and you may remember her photography from our lookbooks Welcome To The Jungle, SCORPIO, and our collab with Solstice Intimates.
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We're proud to introduce our friend & talented mixed media photographer:
Hi Dana!! Can you summarize who you are and what you do?
Hi guys! My name is Dana Trippe, I’m a 24 year old photographer based in San Diego, CA.
How did you get into photography? Are you self-taught or did you learn in school?
I took a couple of community college classes to get myself acquainted with the darkroom, but it was more about experimenting on my own. I would take photos of my friends at any chance I got, and if I couldn’t do that, I would just take self portraits. I was always obsessed with it, but it took a lot of growing into myself and my work until I got to the point where I actually saw that I could make a career out of it. I still have a lot of learning to do but I feel very lucky to be here.
You’re constantly shooting and always pushing boundaries with your photos. How do you stay inspired while keeping the creative juices flowing?
Trust me, I go through long periods where I feel like my art lacks meaning and just flat out looks bad, but I never stop doing it. I feel like some people do creative things for reasons that do not fulfill them. For me, my art is all I have. My work is the outlet where I can let go of all of the colors that are stuck inside of me. Even if it’s not always the art I want to see from myself, the best way for me to stay creative is to literally never stop creating.
What’s the most challenging shoot you’ve done so far?
In the past, the only challenge was myself. I used to get in my own head a lot. It took years to be confident in myself. Now, I think the hardest ones are when my client doesn’t give me any kind of a concept or any idea of what they want from the shoot.
Alternately, what about the most fun shoot you’ve done so far?
My favorite shoots have all involved building sets and props. When a client comes to me with a concept or an idea for a set I love love love making it come to life. Most of my favorite shoots have taken place in the last few months, and I can't release them quite yet.
How else do you spend your time when you’re not working? We know you have a VERY cute dog... 😍
Yes! Dale is my everything. I feel like I am always working, but having a puppy forces me outside every couple hours. He has made my life a bajillion times better. If I'm not working or walking Dale, I am with my girl friends...or thinking about work I should be doing, haha. I’ve also been in the process of starting a coffee shop with my friends in Oceanside. It’s called Steel Mill (@steelmillcoffee) and will be open early next year.
What have you been listening to lately? Music, podcasts?
Sometimes I’ll do podcasts. I like Revisionist History. Mysterious Universe, when I’m in the mood for conspiracy theories. But generally I listen to music all day…Which is mostly music from the 60’s and 70’s. I try to listen / find new music as well lately so I can stay relevant with the kids (haha).
If you have a shoot day where you wake up feeling uninspired or unmotivated, how do you overcome that to get in the zone?
I get cracked out on cold brew and hope for the best. I still get nervous every time I shoot, but it only gets easier each time. More than being nervous about my photography, I get nervous about social interaction. I have really bad social anxiety but I’ve gotten a lot better with that as well.
Any advice for people who want to work in photography or a creative field?
If it’s not fun then you need to reevaluate what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Overall, your art should make you happy. It should be an outlet where you can be yourself at its entirety (and I mean yourself, not someone else).
You always have a chance to create something original and unique. Of course, being a creative, there will always be lulls and times of agonizing self doubt. Just know that even professional photographers/creatives doubt themselves. We’re all human.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Hmmm…I know that I want to continue shooting musicians. Music has always been so important to me, so when I get to mesh it with photography its really special. I never know who is going to reach out to me, and what new opportunity will come to me, so we'll see! All in all I am just excited to grow, experience and learn more, and watch how my art change over the years.
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