My name is Jolly Tracey and I am from Jamaica but currently living in the USA, Connecticut.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve been taking photos for as long as I remember on my phone.
When did you get into photography and why? I started taking photos April 2017, so a year and some months now. A friend of mine was very amazed by my phone photography and kept pushing me to start taking it more serious and I decided to purchase a camera.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
My style currently is fashion and lifestyle based and very clean in my opinion. My style has definitely changed over the months that I’ve been doing photography, in the initial stages I would edit everything very dark and shoot a lot of fairy-lights and neon shots heavily influenced by what’s trending on Instagram, I think it changed over time because since then I’ve been exposed to so many more styles and have started to like the look of other styles which ended up in me changing my style.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
Before a shoot I always have 5-10 safe shots in my head these are shots that I try to get out the way just to be safe, then after that its mostly freestyling with poses and locations. But also a lot of shoots I also scout the location and get very specific with the outfits etc, but usually those shoots always end up getting freestyled after getting all the planned images out of the way.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I battle with this daily, but my short answer is I would like to have a really high fashion street look to my images that make viewers stop and think about the image when they see.
Do you have an influences you can share?
I am heavily influenced by music, too many artist to name. But some photographers I look up to are:
What inspires you?
This is also a question I always struggle to answer. I like to say that I inspire myself. I’ve never really needed anyone or anything to push me to create, whenever I go through a stage of not taking as many pictures as I would like I pretty much give myself a pep talk push myself to keep going.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
There is no such thing as a bad photograph as long as everything or most things occurring in the photo was done with intent. If a photo is out of focus and it was done with intent I would not say it’s a bad photo. Also photography is art and art is very subjective there is no binary to it not everyone will like it so I would be wrong to say a photograph is bad when it can mean the world to someone else.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I am definitely looking to do photography as a career in the future.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I currently use Instagram and twitter, but more active on Instagram. Instagram is the best platform for a photographer to show their work and also just network on a larger scale.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I follow a lot of photographers, so many I don’t even remember them all.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I’m all for mobile photography but compared to digital photography the quality cannot be beat. The versatility in lowlight etc. But I think mobile photography is a great start to get your feet wet in photography.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
Currently my go to camera is the sony a7ii and the 85mm 1.8. Im currently saving for another lens maybe 28-75 for more versatility. But I made that choice based on the fact that my first camera which I still have is the Nikon d3200 and a 17-50 lens. And for my first lens with the sony I wouldn’t want to have a redundant focal length.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
Tokyo for sure.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
My favourite picture is actually a street photo I took last year of a lady sitting in a park. She was sitting there in a beam of light through the cracks of the tree and all around her was dark. A shoot the shot through the fence and famed her in the centre right after I took the first picture she started smiling and I took that as well and those two pictures as a set are my favourite shots.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Clean, Simple, Intimate.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I’m all for it. If in the future I can leave my camera at home for a vacation and walk around with my phone and get decent quality images from it that would be great, however, phone photography will never be able to replace a camera SLR.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
For most of my photography journey I shot with a $150 dollar Nikon d3200 and created some of my favourite images, so I do not think you need the most expensive camera. What I will say is that after purchasing the much newer Sony the raw images and dynamic range are way better straight out of camera.