INTERVIEW: Sophie Minello
Written by Cameron Capers
We recently spoke with Ohio based photographer Sophie Minello about her passion for photography and music in the short interview below.
How long have you been into photography?
I’ve been into photography for about 4 or 5 years. I originally picked up my first camera when I found out Melanie Martinez, who was on The Voice at the time, was into photography. She’s been really influential to me since, and she’ll always have a special place in my heart. I started to roll with photo when my family told me I might have an actual talent in it, and then it became one of my favorite things to do.
What inspired you to pursue photography?
A lot of things inspire me. Music, nature, my friends, my surroundings. I have a really artistic eye and I just want to share the beauty I see with other people.
In what ways does the music you listen to affect the way you capture pictures?
The music I listen to affects the way I capture pictures almost all the time. Song lyrics are the most influential things to my photography for sure. Sometimes when I’m listening to a song it makes me want to go out and shoot some pictures. You know when you’re listening to a song and you have a connection with the lyrics… Well I want people to feel that when they see my photos, to have that connection. Especially in a live show, I want people to be able to feel the connection with the band when they see them in my photos.
What’s one of your favorite experiences you’ve had since you’ve started?
My favorite experience was probably photographing my first concert. Music was the thing that got me into photography and the idea of concert photography had always been something I was really interested in trying. There was a time I had a photo pass for a show but was too shy to use it. It was taking a step out of my comfort zone and it was one of the best things I could have tried, because now my path in photo has taken a band/concert route. Aside from lifestyle photography, this is the kind of photo I really want to pursue. Concert photography itself has been one of my favorite experiences so far, and I’m glad this experience is far from over.
What are some of your favorite bands/artist?
Man, this is a pretty loaded question. Finding new bands/artists is something I do everyday, so the list could be endless. Some of my current obsessions are COIN, Hippo Campus, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Then there are the bands who are really close to my heart like Wild Party, Bastille, and COIN (again, yes).
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue photography?
If you’re really passionate about it, go for it with your whole heart. I’ve learned that you just need to constantly stay inspired, take photos, and learn new things. Everyday has new opportunities and adventures and you’ve gotta make the most of it!
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