Brigette Bloom is an American photographer based out of Washington.
The Las Vegas native, now living in Seattle is an acclaimed world traveler, having lived in Maui and spent time in Japan, among many other countries. She takes inspiration from her travels, shooting raw nature shots and portraiture in scenery.
I got a chance to chat with Brigette and ask her some questions about her photography and what inspires her. I actually met Brigette through Edie Sunday (read my interview with Edie here), who named Bloom as one of the photographers who inspires her the most.
The Japanese American photographer says she's lucky to come from a line of such strong, independent women. Her grandmother left Japan to come to America as a teenager and has inspired Bloom endlessly and has instilled in her an amazing work ethic, as well as her mother.
Brigette says she's always been fascinated by film and shooting as a kid. Her dad handed his camera down to her when she was 9 and she and her camera were inseparable. She went to college deciding to major in Elementary Education which she wasn't passionate about. Her friend suggested she switch her major to Art because she was always talking about art and ideas she had for new projects, but it never seemed like a viable option. The next day, she switched her major, "and that changed everything", she says.
Bloom says though she's not a huge advocate on needing to go to school for your career or to be successful, college was a great experience for her.
I was exposed to so much more than I would have been on my own. I fell in love with Art History, and had the chance to collaborate with people who constantly inspired me. It was a pivotal time of growth where I really got to explore my passions and that spark has carried me through my career.
When dealing with creative blocks, she says the best way to get over it is to figure it's temporary and keep yourself occupied until it passes. Trying to work through it when you're not fully inspired can lead to work that is flat and lacking in meaning.
Brigette grabs inspiration from anything from her travels to books and movies. She gets inspired by movies that are quirky and offbeat or aesthetically pleasing. Her favorites? Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, Amelie, Aquatic, Buffalo 66, and Aladdin.
As far as books, Brigette says that Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes is one of her all time favorites as well as Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
Bloom takes pleasure in nature and surrounding herself with it. She says that when it comes time to start a family, she sees herself living by the ocean and building a little home on the water. "That's pure joy to me." She says.
7 months ago, Brigette opened a business. This year, she has already begun planning creative projects that she's very excited about.
Her advice to aspiring photographers?
Trust your vision. Whatever that may be for you, it’s uniquely yours. Just focus on your own path and experience as much as you can!
Follow Brigette Bloom on Instagram @brigettebloom and check out the rest of her work and projects on her website brigettebloom.com