I'm interviewing one of my favorite bloggers today! You probably already know him... but everyone meet my best friend, Colby.
You are very involved in photography, interior design and fashion. What sort of career are you looking to pursue? Something that involves one or all of these?
All of those are huge passions of mine, and each of them are an outlet for my insane, creative energy. People keep asking me to choose between them, and I keep wondering why I have to choose! I plan on living a long time and I need something to keep me busy! I would love a career in fashion photography, I definitely see my life going in that direction. At the same time, I see myself designing beautiful rooms. I am confident that I can do it all! Why limit myself?
How did you get started in photography? Who are your inspirations?
I can always remember a time when I was interested in photography. Remember those disposable cameras? When I was 10, my parents couldn't afford to buy me a real camera, so I would get those instead. I would take pictures of my sisters and my toys. They were really really bad, but I loved them. I started getting serious about photography when I was modeling for other photographers, and it just unfolded over the years. My absolute biggest inspiration is Steven Klein. He's the guy who shoots most of the really awesome D&G ads. His work is so unique and bold. I try to model myself after him, because he really doesn't give a sh*t. That's refreshing to me. Google him.
I absolutely love your men's style feature. Which look has been your favorite so far?
Thank you! That's a tough question, because my style is always evolving. I like my more outrageous looks, because I love making a statement. Specifically, the military look from the fall. The one with the eye patch, remember? That sure turned a few heads, it was fierce.
Speaking of men's fashion, it seems that there aren't many men's fashion bloggers out there. Is that an advantage to you? In such a limited field, who are your inspirations?
It's true that there are not a lot of men's fashion bloggers, at least not quality ones. I like to think it makes my blog stand out from the lady dominated world of blogging, but 80% of my readers are women. I would love to reach more guys, because let's face it, men generally have bad taste. I don't have any male fashion blogs that inspire me, I am most inspired by people on the streets. Actually, I'm working on a blog post all about street fashion from my latest trip to NYC. I am really starting to develop a unique look, and I don't want to subscribe to a certain label or brand, you know? I do love high fashion and couture though, yes ma'am.
Regarding interior design & fashion, how would you describe your personal style?
My fashion and interior taste can be described as high class. I love big and fancy, I use the term "colonial funk" to describe my interior design style. It's a remix of traditional design. Think of Buckingham Palace mixed with really chunky metal furniture, and abstract art. That's what I want my house to look like. As for my clothes, I want to look like I belong on the runway, all the time. I am always going to make a statement, with both interior design and fashion. I'm gay, I can't help it.
You are incredibly talented when it comes to designing the overall look of a room. What got you so interested in interior design?
My grandmother Iris. She had impeccable taste. I spent a lot of time at her house when I was younger, and we were always working on some new project. I mean, it would be 10 o'clock at night, and she would get the urge to completely rearrange the living room. So we would! Honestly, everyday was something new. She taught me a lot about color coordination and fabric. I was sewing pillows at age nine! She also taught me the art of thrifting! She rarely bought anything new! I still apply that when I'm designing a room today. She passed away a few years ago from a long battle with cancer. It was hard for me because she was one of the few people in my family who understood me. But I can say that she is the reason I love interior design. You can thank her for all of that.
You just transferred to Missouri State! What is your official major, and why did you choose it?
I am so excited to finally transfer! My official major is photography with a minor in interior design. It's been a rocky journey getting to M.S.U. but that's a whole other story. Hard work pays off, kiddos! I chose that because it's something that I can see myself doing anywhere, especially since I am not sure where my life is taking me!
Your boyfriend, Blake, worked in London for a semester, and you say that you would love to work there someday, too. Do you see yourselves moving there after graduation?
I love London and I completely see myself there with Blake. I'm pretty sure you can count on us living there someday. Maybe not right after graduation, but eventually. New York is also somewhere I can picture us. His career is in theater, and those are the premier cities in the world to be for that. Lucky for me, they also work for my career too. But nothing is set in stone, and life is crazy. So who knows! All I can say is that I expect great things to happen in my life.
Considering that photography is both a creative outlet & a business, what are your long term goals creatively & professionally?
Honestly, I have so much creative energy that I don't have a fulfilling outlet in Missouri. My taste is far too controversial for the midwest, you know? As far as my long term goals, I hope to be able to combine my creative energy with business. Like I said before, I would love to work in fashion photography. Someday, I want to own my own studio as well. I need to get busy, huh?
My favorite Madonna song is "Like a Prayer." What's yours?
Obviously, it's no secret that Madonna is my biggest idol. I love that woman. Do I have to choose just one?! After a lot of thought, I'm going with "Like a Prayer". I guess that's why we are best friends! That song is flawless.
Thank you so much Colby, this was just about the cutest idea you've ever had! Love you best friend!
Be sure to stop by Colby's blog (he's interviewing me too!) and look at his pretty photos and awesome fashion features!