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Caydie McCumber


Los Angeles, CA



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: "As It Was" by Harry Styles. No shame, guys.

Q: Which art/photo exhibit that you've seen has impacted you the most?

A: A few years ago there was a John Paul Gaultier exhibit that blew my mind. While I've seen plenty of

photo shows that have been stunning and memorable, this fashion exhibit sticks out in my mind because

of the incredible attention to detail and how well thought out each collection was. It has stuck with me

as an example of incredible craftsmanship and has impacted how I consider my own work.

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: I think for me it was letting go of my ego. I came up in the industry at a time when many photographers were very egotistical, and I associated that mentality with success. When I became a photographer myself I tried it out for a spin and decided it wasn't for me. Unlearning that behavior was confusing at times, but

it has been the most beneficial thing I could have done. Now I approach each job, client, assistant, etc. in

a way that I feel incredibly proud of.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: Just Kids by Patti Smith. Hands down. Such an incredible story of being an artist, following what you

love, and being in the flow of life.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: Making work that is truly just for you, work that you don't have any expectations attached to.

Q: Best and worst advice you've ever received.

A: Don't fuck it up.

Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without - Besides a camera ;)

A: My reusable water bottle. One of my biggest pet peeves on shoots is how many plastic water bottles

get used/wasted, and I know I'm not alone with this one.


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