Featured Artist: Luisa Renay

Luisa Renay is a photographer based in California. She loves her two dogs, watching Netflix and capturing memories for couples. Her beautiful imagery has caught our attention and she has been featured on the Tribe Photo Co Instagram account many times.


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Tribe Collective: Can you give us some details pertaining to this shoot? What was the inspiration for this session?

Luisa Renay: I stumbled upon this location on a Facebook group about what’s going on in Riverside County, California. This man said that he saw this beautiful place: he posted some pictures and I instantly fell in love with it. So I wanted to try something new. The background for this photo shoot was to explore a different mood in between the desert.

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TC: Can you provide us with a list of the gear you used for this session?

LR: I used a Canon5D Mark iii and a Sigma Art 35 lens.

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TC: What does your post-production process look like?

LR: I start with uploading the photos with Adobe Bridge and then I edit with Lightroom. I edit all my photos with presets by Tribe Photo Co.

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TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?

LR: The colours in my photos have changed to be warmer and resemble old photographs. But what changed the most is how I shoot! I used to shoot for others and now I have started do what I want and have fun! I used to look at different photographers and try to mimic it with my style but like this was not creative and boring. I wanted to have fun with my couples, with my fashion shoots and with my portraits shoots. I want to show who I am through my work so I’ve been doing that and it's so much better.

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TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?

LR: I actually bring some food or drinks on the shoot for my couples so that they can relax and so that it feels more like a date. To help improve my editing skills, I took classes at the Academy of Art of University online, and I also try to attend workshops where I can meet new people and learn from mentors how to be a better photographer.

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TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?

LR: Honestly, do whatever you want! Don’t pay attention to how many followers you have. Pay attention to your art.