We had the good fortune of connecting with Ines Piquet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ines, how do you think about risk?
I believe risk-taking is necessary in order to grow and set new standards for yourself. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone you will never know how much you can grow of how far you can go. I have taken many risks in my life, from moving Countries twice, to saying yes to opportunities that scared me at first, to trying something new like starting my own business or starting from scratch at the age of 50. When you don’t take risks you give into fear and when you give into fear you get stuck. You deny yourself of chances and new experiences. Risk-taking requires faith, requires courage, but it also requires a little common sense. What it is you are risking exactly? What do you really have to lose and it is worth the loss? But also be honest with yourself and think of all that fear has cost you up to this point in your life. I have missed incredible opportunities in the past for not taking a risk out of fear or self-doubt. When I think about what that cost me, I wish I could go back in time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a portrait photographer and I specialize in magazine-inspired portraits, modern headshots and branding images. My art has evolved tremendously throughout the years and that is mostly because I never stop learning. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know anything. There have been many lessons during my journey, but I think the most important one is that we are all capable of much more than what we give ourselves credit for. You gotta keep moving forward, taking risks and having faith in yourself. I also learned that, when something happens to you in life or doesn’t go your way, accept it, be grateful for it and move on. Everything comes with lessons and for a reason and sometimes we are only able to understand it later.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them for a couple of nights in CottonWood, go wine tasting and take a day trip to Sedona for sure. If time permits, a visit to the Grand Canyon is a must, if they have never seen it. Locally, we would visit the Phoenix Art Museum, Wonderspaces in Scottsdale and the Music Instrument Museum in North Phoenix. As far of dining goes, there are so many wonderful restaurants in town that it would be hard to pick, but we would go for happy hour at the Wrigley Mansion, O.H.S.O, The Montauk and Fogo de Chão. We would probably go for a couple of hikes locally as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to two people. First, to my husband David Bryson for being my number one fan and biggest supporter. He is the reason I do what I love for a living and the one who pushes me and gives me the confidence I need to keep taking risks. Second, to my first mentor, Sue Bryce, who has been a life-changer. She helped me take my work to a new level and gave me the tools and support I needed to run a profitable business. She has been a key influence in my career and in other areas of my life as well.
All images (c) Ines Piquet, Behind the scenes by David Bryson.