Last week we gassed up the SeniorInspire mini van and pointed it south to Wichita Falls, Texas where we caught up with Carissa Davis of Imagery by Carissa.
SeniorInspire Let's start off with an easy one... Which would you rather have? A higher average or peace on earth?
Carissa Davis Without a doubt Peace on Earth.
I always joke that I am a hippie at heart. I want everyone to love one another and to always listen to the other person's point of view.
SI Your photography style is very clean, bright and fun! Do you ever get jealous of more edgy photographers?
CD Abso-freaking-lutley! I can't help but drool at others more edgy work and I feel like the industry is leaning that direction. BUT I feel like because I am known for the bright and clean style it would be hard to transition to a more contrasty/edgy look. I plan on continuing my education this year and try to find a way to blend some of that look while still keeping true to myself and what my clients expect from me. And I think BLENDING is the key. Just like creating a recipe, you don't abandon what you have created to copy someone else's recipe but find ways to use new tools into what you already have.
SI What's with you and flamingos?
CD Hahaha! This question makes me laugh so hard. I have become the "Flamingo lady" in our town and not on purpose. I think people just assume I REALLY DIG flamingos but that isn't really the case.
When I first transitioned into soley shooting Seniors I knew I needed to create a brand that represented me. My name is kind of hard to remember so I wanted something that was assimilated to me. Kinda like you associate the golden arches to McDonalds.
My brand already had the color pink and I wanted something that was unique. I stumbled across the saying "Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons" and that really resonated with me. So I adopted the Flamingo as a part of my brand. I soon then created my rep team and referred to them as my flamingos or flock.
Little did I know flamingos were going to take over the world! I get sent pics constantly from people I don't even know who say "saw this flamingo and thought of you!" So I guess you could say my branding is working!
SI If you were starting a band, what would its name be?
CD This one is HARD!!!!! I have never thought about having a band! It took me far too long to think about this one! I guess I would have to say "Caffeinated Cardigans". For obvious reasons. I am always cold and always drinking coffee.
SI What 3 songs from the playlist of your life would the Caffeinated Cardigans record for their first album?
CD Don't You ( forget about me) by Simple Minds. I don't want to blend in and it's one of my fav hype songs.
Party In the USA by Miley Cyrus. I mean this song makes me happy for many reasons, but one being a very different reason. I have a daughter with special needs and this is her GO TO all time fav karaoke song and you can't help but see the joy that is spread through the room when she sings it. So this would be a tribute to her.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. I love how they broke ALL the rules when creating this song. And I can relate to this deep in my soul (even though I am a rule follower through and through). I often refer to myself as a rebel in the Senior industry because I don't play by the rules that have been pounded into our minds. For example, I don't do IPS, but I don't make any less than when I was ( I actually make more)! So just like QUEEN who became a huge success by breaking the rules, I do the same.
And if I get one more as an encore it would be American Girl by Tom Petty. Tom is my homeboy. My absolute fav and I belt out at the top of my lungs this song every time it comes on. It just makes me happy!
SI I would totally buy that album if only to hear you change the lyrics on Bohemian Rhapsody to, 'Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the FLAMINGO.'
If you weren't a photographer, what do you think you'd be doing?
CD Teaching! My original college major was education. I LOVE teaching all ages. If this career didn't work out for me, you would find me in a kindergarten classroom as happy as I could be!
SI What's the least expensive thing in your camera bag that you could not get by without.
CD My handy dandy emergency bag full of bobby pins, gloss, tiny earrings, teasing comb, hairspray, clips, etc.
SI Who's a photographer you follow on Instagram that few people may know about?
CD Psalms96Pics, this girl has CRAZY PS talent! She is local to where I live and is my personal HYPE girl. She is kind, big hearted and wants success for everyone. Something I can personally relate to.
SI Alright, that's all I have. Thanks for sitting down with us! Good luck with the band!