LUCY HEWETT, 33
Since going freelance four year ago I’ve spent a lot of time researching how the industry works and what kind of images are getting printed in national publications. This year I’ve really tried to focus my energy on connecting with photographers in my own city: Alyssa Shukar’s coverage of environmental issues and the Flint water crisis is hugely inspiring and important; I’m really digging Bradley Murray’s portraiture -- it feels intimate, effortless, and natural. I also often work with Kevin Serna who is shooting some really beautiful personal work and recently released a book project about his father’s home town in Mexico called “La Presa.”
In many ways I feel like I’ve already been granted dream assignments and feel so lucky every single time an inquiry comes in that really plays to my strengths. I pay attention to the elements that make a shoot feel “magical.” I know it comes from connecting with people and it comes from having time. It’s rewarding to have a luxurious amount of time to talk to and get to know someone, or explore slowly and notice the curiosities of city or place. Those experiences don’t need to include travel or celebrity. Ultimately having time and the freedom to be myself is what makes an assignment feel dreamy. All that said, if The New York Times Magazine commissioned a long form essay about emerging female chefs and the stories around their successes, I’d definitely pinch myself.
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