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Life & Work with Wilbert Wright

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wilbert Wright.

Hi Wilbert, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My photography started as a way to bond with my young children. I always took them with me everywhere I went and we always had them dressed exceptionally well, so I’d take pictures of them, and I really wanted to expand on that.

I had bought their mother a camera for Mother’s Day that she hadn’t really used and I offered to buy it back from her for exactly what I paid for it. I gave her the money, and I started taking them to parks, stores, and random buildings downtown and photographing them, they are beautiful girls.

Their beautiful twin girls, curls and all, smiling and laughing, I’m taking pictures of them constantly, buying new clothes to match the atmosphere, watching YouTubers religiously, figuring things out as I go, jotting things down, asking questions, I’m absorbing everything and deciphering things.

Like, there’s so much information and techniques but, what can I do with the equipment and skill that I have. It’s almost overwhelming but also this hobby is slowly building and people start reaching out to me for shoots and I’m like hell yeah, and I’m just shooting and getting better and getting more confident.

It kind of just took on its own life after that.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s incredibly difficult because I am not a wealthy, rich person, I really only make enough money to do normal things, not invest time and money into brand new equipment.

I’m also a full-time dad and although I still take my kids with me on sessions it isn’t always feasible or appropriate surroundings for some sessions. So I’m hustling, picking up hours when I can, I work multiple jobs, and I am holding sessions just to pay bills from time to time.

Photography at one point went from a passion to another job, I had to pull back and refocus on what I wanted out of life and this art form.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My work really gives an ethereal glow to it, that I am obsessed with. It’s something that I love to add.

My portrait pieces are really kind of give calm but powerful energy. I’ll look at a photo I’ve taken and ill know right away, I love this, this is what I’m looking for, and I chase that in every pose.

Yes, yes, I need more light, I need more boldness, I really want my model to not focus on smiling but give me something powerful. I really think that my vision is unique in that way.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Nothing comes to mind but I’m an open book.

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