We had the good fortune of connecting with Camille Bruya and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camille, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
So many things make me happy, it’s hard to choose! But I think what makes me happiest is seeing and experiencing others’ happiness, especially my loved ones. And if I can make others happy with my photographic work, than I think that’s the best thing of all; that my work is able to impact others in such a positive way is such a gift, whether it’s giving a family photos that will hang in their home and be treasured for years after, or capturing images of my own friends and myself together to remind us how strong our bonds are – photography is such a powerful tool used in capturing and generating happiness.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
With photography, I am proud of how far I’ve come, and that I’m able to recognize how far I still have to go. When I came to college, I had never taken a photography class in my life; I had taught myself to use a camera manually from YouTube tutorials in high school, and was nervous to navigate the college landscape with the little knowledge I had. I soon found I knew more than I thought and became excited for all the things I could learn from the photography program at ASU. Since I’ve been at ASU, I’ve been hired by Barrett, the Honors College as their Lead Photographer to capture events and student life, and have completed several freelance projects on the side, too. But as an artist, I am constantly learning more about my craft, whether it’s new settings within my camera or new techniques to use in Photoshop. I’ve loved the time I’ve spent at ASU and am eager for my last year and half here in Tempe!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Phoenix area is such a beautiful and unique place! So long as the weather is cooperative, I would take my guest hiking at Camelback or South Mountain to gain some great views of the city, then would later explore parks just outside of the city, like Lost Dutchman and White Tank Mountain to see more desert flora and fauna. As far as food is concerned, I would take my guest to either Matt’s Big Breakfast or Snooze for a nice brunch, Chop Shop or El Paisano’s for some lunch, then Culinary Dropout or Postinos for a great dinner. The Musical Instrument Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum are the prefect places to go if the weather is too hot, or a monsoon rolls through, too. With the myriad of activities within the Phoenix metro area, you really can’t go wrong!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My closest friends and family have always supported my photographic endeavors! My parents Chris and Monica gifted me my first camera many years ago, making me realize the path I wanted to travel along in life. My brother Bob was and still is an eager model for me, willing to travel to eccentric locations just to get THE shot. My partner Alex and my friends Eve and Remi constantly support me through their own artistic and academic endeavors, inspiring me to work hard and strive for the highest caliber of work; I couldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for these amazing people in my life.
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All photos were taken by me in the past two years at different cities around the continent.