We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As an artist, there are often times where I feel like giving up. But it’s important to recognize the difference between needed to hit pause and needed to hit stop. When I have overextended myself and I can physically feel the exhaustion, that’s when taking a break is essential. There also comes a time when I realize that “forcing it” just won’t work. Creativity flows in waves and sometimes the waves just don’t come. Acknowledging that not every opportunity presented to you has to be taken is okay. If the passion isn’t present, it isn’t wrong to take a step back.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a photographer, I take pride in the portraits that I create. I like to produce work that allows me to show people in the way that they wish to be seen. My grandmother once told me that “ A great photograph should provoke feeling. The viewer should be able to look at the image, visual themselves stepping into it, looking around and then stepping back out.” So that is something I constantly keep in mind when creating.
It took me a while to get to where I am today. It wasn’t easy, and I often times felt myself getting discouraged and fighting the urge to compare myself to the greats. It’s important to have creatives in your field that you can look up to, but I’ve learned that comparison truly is the thief of joy and I constantly have to to remind myself of that. Thankfully, I have had so much consistent support that I always found the strength to keep going and I always remember to appreciate my own unique artistic sense.
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?
Well for starters, the first stop on the list is always Slutty Vegan! lol That’s usually the first spot I want to take friends when they come to visit. There’s so much to do in Atlanta, but a few of my favorite spots are Piedmont Park, The Botanical Gardens, Ponce City Market, The Flying Biscuit Cafe, The High Museum of Art, The Delta Flight Museum, Krog Street Market, The ATL Foodtruck Park and the Atlanta Breakfast Club.
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?
To be honest, there are a great deal of people who deserve recognition in helping me on this journey: my parents, my clients and my friends have always shown their support. But my shoutout definitely has to be dedicated to my Uncle Greg. From the time I first picked up a camera, he was right there in my corner! Uncle Greg is also a photographer and he made it his mission to help supply me with the tools I needed to be successful. Whether he was offering encouragement, giving me tips on editing or going as far as sending me new camera gear and equipment, I’ve never once doubted his support and I wouldn’t be where I am without him.