We had the good fortune of connecting with Savannah Edmondson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Savannah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My relationship with risk comes down to comfortability. How comfortable am I with being uncomfortable? At this point, I feel like I’m almost too familiar with that feeling of unease. From moving abroad for six months after never having left the East Coast before, to deciding to spend a summer learning Russian just to try something knew, I take risks because they allow me to unlock a different side of myself and risks expose me to more of the unknown.
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 have always loved film and photography. I would take a camera with me wherever I went when I was younger. I shot photos of my dogs, my friends, random insects, you name it. I switched over to filmmaking for college and got lost in editing challenges and music videos, and forgot that my eye was always better trained for still life. It wasn’t until I applied on a whim to be an intern at Annie Leibovitz’s studio that I remembered I was actually really good at photography. To my surprise, I was accepted and it was awesome to be able to work closely with one of my inspirations. The internship opened my eyes to this other side of the arts and entertainment industry where I’d still be able to use what I learned about set life and filmmaking, while honing in on my still life photography skills and grasp of concept development. That was just one highlight of my career, but it was a wakeup call. It reminded me that it’s so easy to get distracted from your vision and goals be it by trying to fit in, being too afraid of judgment (external and from within!), whatever it is, and when you’re finally brought back into alignment with your initial track, you realize how far you can drift from your goals if you’re not careful. While I’m still finding myself and my brand, I’m working on allowing my subjects to express themselves exactly how they want society to see them while highlighting their natural beauty and individual personalities rather than just trying to be a model.
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?
I know I’d have to show them a couple of my favorite breakfast spots My Coffeshop (try the basil lemonade!) or Le Petite Marche (love me some shrimp and grits), and introduce them to the Beltline, and Ponce City Market. I’ll save the museums and escape rooms for another day, but we’d probably just drive around and get lost in the city. My friends and I aren’t really “doers” when it comes to traveling. We like to explore and try new things all the time which usually means seeing something and deciding to hop out of the car to check it out.
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?
Of course my family and friends deserve so many thanks for being my models, motivators, and honorary editors. I could always ask them to give me feedback on my work and they never fell short when it came to new ideas or suggestions. Anyone who has ever given my work some love deserves a shoutout!