At just 19 years of age with over 11,000 instagram followers and an impressive portfolio packed with striking fashion portraits, it’s safe to say Debora Brune is killing it in the photography world right now. We caught up with her to chat about how she got to where she is today. Don’t forget to follow our Instagram page @veryrarestudio to see her post her favourite shots over the next seven days.
How’s life in Dortmund Debora?
Very relaxed! I like here.
Can you tell us how your photography journey started?
I always loved doing creative stuff like painting and drawing. When I was 15 I got my own camera and that was when my photography journey started.
You’re still pretty young and making huge moves. Do you think it’s important to start shooting at a young age?
Well, I don’t think that you have to start at a young age to be successful, but it might make things easier! I think the advantage of being young is that you try out different things and take risks a lot more.
You have a substantial amount of followers on Instagram, in what ways does the platform support your career?
In a lot ways! I often get inquiries from models, stylists and make-up artists, the majority of the people I work with discovered me through Instagram. I also feel like your work gets a lot more attention, because many people see it and some may even take a look at your homepage. It actually is very helpful and a great way to connect with creative people.
Do you have any tips for young photographers who are trying to build their Instagram followers?
Post unique things! Many people get a lot followers just by posting selfies and food. So I guess if you try out something different and come up with good work, then there will definitely be some people who are interested in what you do and follow you.
I think the advantage of being young is that you try out different things and take risks a lot more.
Do you think social media has changed the photography scene in a positive way?
Not only positive, there are always pros and cons. It definitely makes it easy for people to start something, but it also makes it harder to stand out. There are so many non-professional photographers on the internet who are taking great pictures!
How do you see your future?
I’d love to work as a professional fashion photographer, travel a lot and meet new people.
Do you have any short/long-term goals?
First I want to finish my university studies and then after that maybe move to London.
What is your life motto?
If you want something, work for it!
Social media makes it easy for people to start something, but it also makes it harder to stand out.
What do you think makes a photographer stand out?
Having ideas and a style.
What projects are you working on right now?
A lot more fashion editorials for magazines.
Do you have any tips for young creative individuals who want to do what you are doing?
Never give up, even if you are frustrated sometimes and it all seems not to work. I mean it’s never easy to start something!
Is there anyone who inspired you to create what you’re creating right now?
Well, there are a lot people, so I can’t say it’s just one person. I look up to photographers like Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh and Mario Testino.
Written by: Amie Galbraith and Fares Masharawi
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