Twyla Jones, Unraveled | An Interview

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We all love us some Twyla. Are we right or what? She is the epitome of an artist: her work stands apart from the rest, her use of colors and light is phenomenal, her ability to stay true to her own unique vision is undeniable and to top it off, she's a rad human. 

Twyla is sharing some of her genius with us in the Academy in her course, "Powerful Posing," which is now available. If you are not already a student, hopefully this is your kick in the butt to get you in there. The community is incredible and our teachers are true leaders in the arts. 

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Here she is on the blog, unraveled...

What do you love to shoot most? : I really just love capturing connection and emotion. I want to tell stories in my images that go beyond just a happy face and tell you more about someone's connection with each other: the intimacy, tenderness, joy and even the struggle.

What inspires your art? : My art is heavily inspired by my close relationship with my husband Gary and our two sons Oscar and Ari. I pay special attention to the way we touch and interact with one another and use that to inspire new stories to tell with my subjects.

What do you shoot with?: I shoot with a Nikon D750, Sigma Art 35 and Nikon 45 mm tilt shift.

What other ways do you express your creativity?: I've been experimenting a lot with video lately. I am so inspired by movement so I feel this is a natural next step for me.

How do you de-stress at the end of the day?: Snuggling up with my husband and little kids.

What kind of music do you listen to while editing?: Only the dreamiest stuff with a little weird thrown in! I play this for all of my in home sessions as well!  https://open.spotify.com/user/125351515/playlist/7cxPHpFunLtNfkHgmkjIGh

What is your favorite book?: The Alchemist

Name one movie that inspires you.: The Tree of Life the whole movie feels how I think.

How do you handle self-doubt or creative slumps?: It's so hard, but I try to surround myself with positive, encouraging people. I express myself to them when I'm feeling this way and they are always there to lift me back up.

What has been the most difficult part of your creative journey?: Learning who to trust and not being taken advantage of. Still navigating those waters.

Who is one of your favorite photographers?: I really love Alain Laboile, I'm constantly inspired by his work with children.