We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Thibodeau and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily , we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is something that’s helped me get to exactly where I am and find what makes me happy. The first thing I think about when thinking of a risk I’ve taken is deciding to go to school for Photography. Doing so, has had a huge and positive impact in my life and in my career. I considered majoring in photography a risk due to the fact that it isn’t a typical or practical career path. Something more like a business major, which is what I started in, would be the right move. The reason I chose to take the risk? It was the only thing I’ve truly been passionate about. From a young age I always liked taking photographs and I was told I had an eye of findings scenes that not everyone has. Any time there was a question of what you would do if money didn’t matter, my answer was always to be a photographer. When I started school, I mistook my excitement of going to college, as a passion about what I was studying. It wasn’t until a year later I realized I wasn’t doing what made me happy. I knew in the back of my mind it was photography that I wanted to do. Never in my life have I had more of a passion for something than photography. A passion so strong doesn’t come around very often, or at all for some. I was lucky to have found that one thing, so I took the risk and did it. The risk was worth it, I found what made me happy. The people I studied with and my professors drove my passion more and more. I was surrounded with people who took similar risks, not the “practical” solution. Not only did I learn more than I ever thought I could the next three years of school. My mind also opened, to new and different perspectives that I have the fortunate opportunity to carry on through my life and teach others as it was taught to me. Anything that makes you second guess yourself, should be listened to. Anything you’re passionate about, a risk should be taken.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The majority of my work is finding the beauty in the abandoned. I’ve always been shy and one to keep to myself. Someone who likes quiet and it seems that has played its way into my art work as well. Find the quiet and capture the, although not conventional, beauty and peace in my frame. It hasn’t always been easy getting to where I am today professionally. In fact, I think I have a lot to work on in regards to expanding my art and putting it out there for more people to see. Anytime I run into challenges, I always take a step back. Look at my past work and compare it to my new work and see how much has changed between the two and how much I’ve learned. Remind myself how lucky I am to have learned it, have a passion for something and am able to pursue that passion. The kind of photography I do makes taking a step back easy. Going to a quiet place to think, usually results in me finding more things to photograph. I want the world to know it’s more than just a pretty photograph. It’s the passion and dedication that goes behind it. I hope my photographs show the sense of beauty and peace I try to capture. Hopefully my photography can help someone take a step back as well.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I would take my best friend on a trip to the San Antonio river walk and a weekend in Austin Texas. Show the unique and quirkiness of both areas and show just why I love it.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents. They have always supported me in everything I’ve wanted to do. Before I took the risk of majoring in photography and doing what I love, they are the ones who pushed me to finally do it. I wouldn’t be anywhere if it weren’t for them.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emily_t_photography/
Other: Email: emilytphotographs@gmail.com

Image Credits
Emily Thibodeau