Here at Olde Fields it takes a whole team of people with completely different backgrounds to bring the store together and make it the unique creative space it is.
This week I interviewed one of those individuals, Javan Richardson one of our photographers.
Keep reading to hear his story and see some of his amazing work!
Javan Richardson: Photographer
Tell us a little bit about yourself, what are some of your other hobbies besides photography?
Not a lot people know this but I love to write lyrics. I feel like it could be another passion besides photography that I can express myself easily. I want to make music sometime in the future and put it out there but it wouldn’t be too serious because I feel like photography is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Are you originally from Tallahassee? And are you currently going to school?
Yes, I am from Tallahassee and I am currently enrolled at Godby High School where I’m also dual enrolled at TCC.
How did you initially get into photography?
It was back in 8th grade and some of my friends were doing shoots just for fun and the pictures they take would honestly just take my breath away and that kinda sparked something in me. I started following photography accounts of kids my age from California, like Patrick Gray, Fiona O’Hanlan, Jack Newport and Luke Raymond. That’s what prompted me to buy my first camera and I’ve been taking pictures ever since.
What is your favorite camera to shoot with? Do you prefer film or digital?
My favorite camera to shoot with is the Canon 70d with the 50mm 1.8 lens. If I had to choose, I would pick film because it’s more spontaneous and you never know what you have until it develops so it makes me better at posing models and waiting for the right time to capture a moment.
What would you consider to be the aesthetic of most of your photo-shoots?
My aesthetic always changes and I think that makes the photographer I am today because I am able to express different stuff but make it my own. Lately I have been loving vintage looks and soon I’ll probably would want to go with a modern and moody aesthetic.
When shooting what do you look for in your shots? How do you get your models to pose so well?
When I am shooting, I always consider what’s the best lighting mostly. Also it depends on what I am shooting for so if it’s for a clothing company like Olde Fields, I would want to get the outfit mostly. I always get my inspiration to pose from other images on Instagram and magazines or what comes though my head at that very moment.
What have been some of your favorite shoots you have done?
One of my favorite shoots I have ever done was actually with Olde Fields back in September. Amanda Smith and I really clicked and the photos turned out better than I expected. Still some of my favorite are from that set. Also back early in 2016 for Valentine’s Day, I did a shoot with Sarah and Josh and couple photos are honestly so great to capture. I love it when I can feel the love just by looking at the photos.
Where are you hoping photography will take you in the future?
Hopefully I will be shooting for more clothing and brand companies while on the side shooting for some of my favorite artists like Blackbear, Pvris and Drumaq. Additionally, I want to travel more for my work. I’m planning on going to college but who knows, I would hope that I can make a steady income so I can travel as much as I want doing what I love. But “Dreams don’t work unless you do” as one of my favorite photographers Ron Dadon says all the time.
Stay tuned for the next entry of People Behind the Scenes as we reveal another one of the individuals that make our store so amazing.
Hi everyone! Im Talia a Senior at Florida State studying English and Communications! I come here to ramble about all the awesome things going on in our awesome store and the surrounding Gaines street community! Stop by every week to see whats going on in the neighborhood!