I'm luck enough to get some fan mail, maybe a even a couple emails a week, from an inspiring photographers. Some ask the same questions I feel I've answered many times: 'How did you get started?' and 'Do you have any tips for me?', others just drop a line to tell me I'm killing it. All are very flattering to me. Believe it or not, it's hard being a single female photographer on the road switching crews all the time. I lose sleep over bad decisions, not taking that angle, moving over three feet, choosing the wrong spot or crew. These things are so insignificant to the bigger picture, yet they seem so important to me. Even when I have the best day ever, I always feel like I could do better. But I guess that's what motivates me to do the best I can, so to receive this sort of mail is fueling. Unfortunely, I don't have much time to reply with much more then a thank you. I appologies for that, and hope people will continue to send me mail. With that in mind, I do answer alot of those questions in interviews such as this one:
This one from Cloe, I got this morning I thought was really cute. Thanks Cloe, hope you don't mind me blogging it.
" Dear Ashley Barker, First of all, hello my name is Cleo. Your photography truly amazes me. I'm a tenth grader at Vancouver school of arts and academics. In focus photography, and hope to be a professional photographer someday. I don't even know for sure if this is Ashley Barker, and you probably get hundreds of fan mail everyday. I just wanted to say you inspire me. You have an amazing talent with your photography. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Cleo _____"
Keep shooting and have fun.