Julie
Soefer

Tell me about your childhood and what drove you to first pick up the camera?
From a very early age, I expressed myself through artistic expression in one way or another. In fact, I played the flute competitively from the age of 5 until I graduated from high school!! I learned how being dedicated to my craft and practicing daily would ultimately make me a better artist. Then one summer at sleep away camp, when I was around 9 or 10, I took my first photography darkroom class and realized how much I loved watching images come to life. Luckily, my high school had an amazing photography program, so as a freshman at 14 years old I started to learn the craft that would become my passion and career.

How did you get your start in the business of photography?
In 2003, I received my BFA from the NYU Tisch School and immediately got a crazy gig as the on set still photographer on what became a major motion picture (SuperSize Me, for which I took the image that would become the eponymous poster for the film). After that experience I knew I needed to learn more about the business, so I worked as a producer for a few photographers, including Arnold Newman, before launching my solo business in 2007.

Who are your greatest influences?
Arnold Newman, Avedon, and the Fascinator.

What inspires you?
Travel.

What have you found to be some of your biggest challenges along the way?
Trying to stay current with Photoshop software and trying very hard to NOT eat the food that I get to shoot.

What does a typical day off look like for you?
Making my husband deal with our 3 dogs in the morning, watching the Today show over multiple cups of coffee, and if I am lucky- getting my hair blown out.

What’s on your bucket list?
Japanese Snow Monkeys.

What 3 adjectives describe you?
Mostly chill, straightforward, partially psychic.

If you had a theme song what would it be?
La Isla Bonita… I want to be where the sun warms the sky.

Life motto:
Work hard, lounge hard.

Tell me about your childhood and what drove you to first pick up the camera?
The first time I knew I wanted to be a photographer was when I went to a Photography Sea Camp in Galveston when I was in middle school. They really taught me how to look at my surroundings in a different way (through a lens). Ever since then, I tried to take as many photo classes as I could.

How did you get your start in the business of photography?
After graduating from Rice University with a BA in Visual Arts, Julie took a chance on me!

Who are your greatest influences?
Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Man Ray, Julius Shulman, David LaChapelle

What inspires you?
Really amazing architecture, Crazy fashion

What does a typical day off look like for you?
Going to a movie, going to an art museum, or chilling with my cat and husband.

What’s on your bucket list?
Traveling around the world! I would love to go to Japan, Hong Kong, Eastern Europe

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Just Dance, Lady Gaga

CLAUDIA
CASBARIAN

Julie
Soefer

Tell me about your childhood and what drove you to first pick up the camera?
From a very early age, I expressed myself through artistic expression in one way or another. In fact, I played the flute competitively from the age of 5 until I graduated from high school!! I learned how being dedicated to my craft and practicing daily would ultimately make me a better artist. Then one summer at sleep away camp, when I was around 9 or 10, I took my first photography darkroom class and realized how much I loved watching images come to life. Luckily, my high school had an amazing photography program, so as a freshman at 14 years old I started to learn the craft that would become my passion and career.

How did you get your start in the business of photography?
In 2003, I received my BFA from the NYU Tisch School and immediately got a crazy gig as the on set still photographer on what became a major motion picture (SuperSize Me, for which I took the image that would become the eponymous poster for the film). After that experience I knew I needed to learn more about the business, so I worked as a producer for a few photographers, including Arnold Newman, before launching my solo business in 2007.

Who are your greatest influences?
Arnold Newman, Avedon, and the Fascinator.

What inspires you?
Travel.

What have you found to be some of your biggest challenges along the way?
Trying to stay current with Photoshop software and trying very hard to NOT eat the food that I get to shoot.

What does a typical day off look like for you?
Making my husband deal with our 3 dogs in the morning, watching the Today show over multiple cups of coffee, and if I am lucky- getting my hair blown out.

What’s on your bucket list?
Japanese Snow Monkeys.

What 3 adjectives describe you?
Mostly chill, straightforward, partially psychic.

If you had a theme song what would it be?
La Isla Bonita… I want to be where the sun warms the sky.

Life motto:
Work hard, lounge hard.

CLAUDIA
CASBARIAN

Tell me about your childhood and what drove you to first pick up the camera?
The first time I knew I wanted to be a photographer was when I went to a Photography Sea Camp in Galveston when I was in middle school. They really taught me how to look at my surroundings in a different way (through a lens). Ever since then, I tried to take as many photo classes as I could.

How did you get your start in the business of photography?
After graduating from Rice University with a BA in Visual Arts, Julie took a chance on me!

Who are your greatest influences?
Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Man Ray, Julius Shulman, David LaChapelle

What inspires you?
Really amazing architecture, Crazy fashion

What does a typical day off look like for you?
Going to a movie, going to an art museum, or chilling with my cat and husband.

What’s on your bucket list?
Traveling around the world! I would love to go to Japan, Hong Kong, Eastern Europe

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Just Dance, Lady Gaga