Meet Bailey, a photographer from Port St. Lucie, Florida and a winner of American Eagle Outfitter’s Project Live Your Life. We had a chance to sit down with Bailey to talk about photography and what inspired him while on our Spring 2014 photo shoot. Keep reading to learn more about Bailey and be sure to follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
You live in a place that’s sunny most of the year. How nice is that?
It’s awesome in the winter, but I actually love cold weather too.
What are some of your favorite places in town?
There is one hill here on a street called Skyline. That’s where I longboard.
Have you lived anywhere else in the United States?
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. I miss it!
Have you ever experienced snow?
Yes! It’s actually one of my favorite things.
You love photography (and know how to take some awesome pictures). How did you find your passion for the lens?
My Great Grandfather gave me my first camera from Fisher Price when I was very little. I still have it. I have just always loved capturing moments. I also inherited his Canon film camera.
What type of camera do you use?
I have a million, but my main body is a 5dMarkII
Do you have any tips for first time camera users who want to get into this hobby?
Just keep shooting!
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
People. All kinds of PEOPLE in all kinds of situations.
Do you follow any photographers on Social Media?
Tons! Too many to mention. I have learned more from Photographers online than anywhere else. I travel all over to meet up and shoot with other photographers that I’ve met through Social Media. People also contact me about my photography.
You seem comfortable in front of the camera. Have you always been this way, or did you ever have an awkward moment?
I was a chubbier kid growing up and always shy in front of the camera, but as I grew up I became more confident in myself.
What Photographers inspire you the most?
Off the top of my head, Jordan Voth, Shannon Lee Miller, Noah Sahady, Nick Bentely, Mike Monaghan, Jack Strutz and many more.
Who would you love to do a collaboration with?
RJ Shaughnessy, wink wink!
What do you hope to gain from a Project Live Your Life Photoshoot?
Friends, connections, experiences, great memories…