If you haven’t been introduced yet to Jyo Bhamidipati, you’re in for a real treat today. Jyo is the talented Fine Art Lifestyle Photographer behind Making Beautiful Memories. She’s also a Click Photo School workshop instructor and co-founder of the Call Me Artist retreat. It’s fascinating to learn more about Jyo beyond just the work she does. In this interview, she shares how she became a photographer, her love for teaching, and what’s inspiring her right now.
How did you get into photography?
I have always had a camera in my hand since childhood, although I was never really serious about it. It wasn’t until my son was born nine years ago that I bought myself a DSLR to document him! However, even then, I shot in auto mostly and it wasn’t until 2016 when I decided to push myself to start shooting in manual. I learned through a lot of trial and error and it wasn’t until I made Clickpro with The Click Community when I started to feel more confident in my voice! Another thing probably worth mentioning is that I am an Engineer by education (as well as profession for 13 years) and never really had any formal training in arts. Exploring creativity through my photography was something I started doing more so as a way to relax my mind in the beginning and now it’s become a part of me!
How has your work changed and developed since you started?
I think we all grow and evolve as artists. Although I have been in business and picked up my camera seriously five years ago now; I have never stopped learning to date. I have explored shooting in various genres and various styles to find my voice and find what speaks to me and represents me as an artist. Initially I think I was hungry to learn and do it all; but as time went by, I started to focus more on each genre, work on projects that fulfilled me, worked with clients that understood my style and all of that contributed to my growth.
Lately, I am hungry to dive more into food photography and explore more commercial work!
You do it all, from photographing babies, motherhood, and weddings, creating incredible portraits, and doing incredible branding and commercial work. Do you have a favorite type of work that you do?
Haha! I have certainly dipped my toes into as many genres as I can and I certainly don’t regret any of that! After all, you learn best by doing something you have never done before, trying it out, and seeing if it’s for you. Lately, I don’t do as many families or shoot weddings. I don’t mind second shooting weddings, as seeing the location and shooting without pressure is so much fun haha!
I think I have different types of favorite genres 🙂 I love shooting macro to relax! I love shooting quirky and interesting fine art portraits the most. My style is more “styled” but not very posed if that makes sense. I love photographing light and emotion in anything I photograph, whether it is a posed portrait or a documentary scene!
What is inspiring you right now?
I just finished watching The Queen’s Gambit a few weeks ago and every single frame is a masterpiece!!! I am so so inspired by it and cannot wait to create some images inspired by that series!
You offer so many resources for photographers. What drives you to create these resources for the photography community?
I honestly LOVE teaching. The more I learn, the more I feel the need to share that knowledge so that others don’t struggle the way I did to find information to learn. Also, I honestly think embracing imperfection in our images is something that I want to encourage to each and every single artist out there! I struggled with this so much in the beginning being a perfectionist (hello, an Engineer here!) and I was all about numbers and charts etc! I really try to make my resources and teaching as easy to follow as possible for beginners as well as for advanced photographers who may be bored or tired of shooting the same thing!
I also always welcome photographers reaching out to me with questions on anything I create or post. I never withhold any information as I honestly believe in community and that we grow TOGETHER. I may be slow in my responses lol, but I always like to be present to help!
What’s your favourite way to connect with other professionals in the photography community?
So far it has been Instagram. Who knows when this may disappear! Instagram has really helped me connect with so many fellow photographers and make some amazing friendships! I have always loved local photography groups to connect with others as well as the Clickin Moms and Phlock communities! Photo in-person conferences have also been amazing to connect with fellow creatives.
Tell us about your upcoming workshop, The Imperfectionist. How did creating this workshop come about?
So, this workshop started with the idea of using light creatively. Being a light nerd; initially, that’s all I could think about. However, I have also been a fan of blur, softness, interesting creative work, doubles, and all that. When this workshop was launched it was a 3-week workshop and the response to this was AMAZING! I couldn’t believe the excitement from folks and how much they struggled with simple things like limb chops (with intention), cropping creatively, or embracing light flares, etc. We don’t cover just about creative work, but also how to really start seeing. Observing things, places, people, textures around you and using THAT to create. I think a lot of us get carried away with too many ideas and then when we pick up our camera we start shooting and out goes the ideas! Creating begins with observing first. It’s HUGE in my process.
Imperfectionist is for all artists who struggle with being a perfectionist in their art, regardless whether you shoot as a hobbyist or for clients. It is for all artists who shoot all genres and really there is something for everyone!
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a Fine Art Lifestyle Photographer?
I love photographing emotion the most in my images. Although I may be a light nerd, light is simply a tool that brings out that emotion in my work. Working with real families, real people, or non-models can be challenging when they don’t really understand that there can be different styles of photography for an artist or when they hire me without full research on how my work looks like (it certainly has happened before). With a bit of education and showing some examples on my website of what my work looks like, as well as trusting your photographer, can help understand what fine art lifestyle photography can look like!
What has been your most memorable project?
Projects are really amazing to build your creativity and also learn new skills and techniques! One project that I started working on some time last year when it had no name was Layers. Through this project, I wanted to explore the complex emotions and layers we all have. We are not always what we appear like on the outside (the need to fit into society) and maybe going through emotions like anxiety, sadness, or other emotions that we may be unable to express or process or even tell anyone at times. This project was born out of my own personal life experiences of divorce, being a blended family, understanding my own kids and their struggles, our health struggles etc amongst others. It is an ongoing project for now and I keep adding images to my website as I go. In the future; I am really hoping to publish a book with this project in mind at some point and hoping I can find a publisher and make it a reality! Haha!
We can’t thank Jyo enough for giving us a little insight into her work and all the parts of it that excite and inspire her. It’s amazing to witness her work, and we know there’s no limit to where photography takes her from here. When that book gets released in the future, we’ll be the first in line to get our hands on a copy.
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