women photographers feature
[L-R, clockwise: Ashley Osborn, Giselle Dias, Lindsey Byrnes, Jen Miller]

It’s a cutthroat world out there no matter what career path you choose, and professional photography is no different. AP spoke with four established photographers regarding the tools of the trade, their favorite shot they have ever taken and more.

Whether you plan to pursue photography or are just looking for some general words of wisdom, these four talented women have some eye-opening advice. And it starts with no longer viewing other women as competition.

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GISELLE DIAS (Website | Instagram)

Giselle Dias high fashion model
[Left: Giselle Dias]
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PURSUING PHOTOGRAPHY?
I’ve been working in photography for 10 years now. I was born and raised in Brazil, and I’ve been based in L.A. for the last three years.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE YOU SOLD?
The first piece I sold was from my LGBTQ+ awareness project in Brazil, UnDragged.

WHAT AESTHETIC DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR TRADEMARK?
Most of my work is a mix of colors creating a vibrant palette. I like to combine fashion with a fine-art aesthetic.

THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVE PHOTO.
One of my favorite photos was actually done for AP with Palaye Royale— the dinner table photo! I love the guys and how embracing of my crazy idea they were and how much they got into the spaghetti fight. It was definitely one of the most fun shoots I’ve worked on.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN WANTING TO ENTER THIS BUSINESS?
My advice for other women in the business is to be yourself and always follow your gut. Your passion and determination will get you to your goals.

LINDSEY BYRNES (Website | Instagram)

Lindsey Byrnes Paramore Hayley Williams
[Left: Lindsey Byrnes, Right: Paramore’s Hayley Williams]
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PURSUING PHOTOGRAPHY?
I have been pursuing photography for many, many years. I think 11 now.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE YOU SOLD?
I can’t remember, but I think it was either a photo of Elissa Steamer to Baker Bootleg or Geoff Rowley, Arto Saari for a flip/Thrasher Skater Of The Year ad. This was when I still had a full-time job as a marketing director and photography was my hobby.

WHAT AESTHETIC DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR TRADEMARK?
I can honestly say that I have zero idea what I am known for. Am I known?

THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVE PHOTO.
I have different favorites for different reasons. Every photo has a story, and that’s why I love photography in the first place. It gives you a little, and you can find out the rest. If you want to dig deeper or make up your own story, you can.

My favorite live music photo I ever took was of Paramore. It was shot a gazillion years ago: Hayley [Williams] is backward on the monitor, and the guys are doing acrobatics behind her. I didn’t have enough memory on my card, so I had to delete a few frames and switch out of RAW to make room. So I didn’t even shoot it in RAW. It really was just right place, right time.

My other favorite photo I’ve ever shot was of my stepmom, Carol. She wanted to have a photo shoot, and she danced around the backyard and posed for me. When she passed away last year, I blew the photo up really big and put it up at her funeral. It felt special.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN WANTING TO ENTER THIS BUSINESS
Don’t stop, have thick skin, be nice, have fun, follow your heart.

CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE: Jen Miller, Ashley Osborn