How did you become interested in photography?
TY: I started making videos on YouTube when I was seven in the Apple store. That turned into photography. Spy Kids was my favorite movie, and I always watched it on DVD, so it would skip and pause on weird stills. I would just look at the still and think, “this would be a cool image for a brand,” and my mom was really into clothes, so we had a lot of fashion magazines at a young age, and you could see what is going to sell, so photography was the next thing for me.
LUMIA: I always liked art but didn’t think I had a medium. I was submitting my work to competitions by the time I was 12, and I kept winning and eventually I went to Young Arts for photography. After that I realized I had to do photo.
AMANDLA: I’ve always had an interest in still photography. When I was in high school, I used my friend’s digital camera to take pictures for Facebook. As I got older, I realized I wanted to do something creative, and I thought I wanted to be a writer. I tried doing journalism, but that was not for me, so I decided I wanted to be a filmmaker. Then my school told me the film program was closed, but my desire to do film got me to buy my own camera. Once I did that, I started shooting my friends for their Tumblrs, and then eventually I got my first freelance gig!