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Autumn Layne

ARTIST
PHOTOGRAPHER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR
LETTER FROM THE ARTIST

Hello Friends,

My name is Autumn. I am a Brooklyn-based photographer specializing in headshots, portraits, and festive, love-filled celebrations. I also live to photograph and collaborate with those who are seeking something out of the ordinary — a dear friend and I call it ‘radical self exploration’.

I am also an actress, and a motivational dancer for high-end Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Yes, I’m the hype(wo)man, and I know what you are going through on the other side of that lens.  : )

Regarding photography, I am simply in love with it. It is my favorite thing in the world to do. It is a joy and honor to photograph others — to meet and connect with them, see them and make them feel seen, and to discover their best and most interesting light (both inside and out.) It is my job to see You. And I think that is so cool. I often feel like a traveling time machine, freezing beautiful people in moments and those moments can live on for generations — offering insights about others that we have no other access to. I am always mesmerized when I find an old photo of someone I know and love. Especially someone from a different generation. You get to see them in a different phase of their life, in a different way than you have known them — when they were a long haired hippie grooving at a festival, or a young, glowing new Mom, or a Sailor coming home from sea. : ) Seeing these photos brings a remarkable fullness and context to a story you’ve crafted in your head about that person. Photos feel like magic, don’t they? They transport you back in time. And a photo taken now will offer insights about you to future generations, too. : )

If you’d like to know more about me, I was raised by loving hippies/artists/musicians in a rather nomadic gypsy fashion and spent much of my childhood being placed in abandoned barns, sculptures, and sunflower patches and almost always in a hat around the great lands of America for the sake of the still image. It’s in my bones. Starting off with an obsessive collection of disposable cameras during those awkward teenage years, I moved on to my father’s old camera (when it functioned properly and I could get to town to buy film — we lived on a 60 acre post-hippie commune 20 minutes from any sort of store) followed by Polaroids, my first Canon Rebel (film) and onto the inevitable generations of Rebels to follow — and now I shoot with a 5Dmiii. I’ve been collecting a bunch of incredible lenses and other various things and I feel well equipped to capture the beautiful and creative being that you are.

I spent 4+ years modeling for the fashion photography departments of SVA and ICP in New York as a fun side gig and in retrospect, an excellent education. I witnessed, in working there with hundreds of photographers, techniques that work (and many that don’t) in helping to make the subject (You — a unique, emotional, vulnerable and expansive human being) shine your light and tell your story.

If you are interested in setting up a shoot, please send get in touch. I think we’ll have a blast.  

Have a beautiful day.

-Autumn

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