Alex Coyle has worked bicoastally in the industry, and thrives on the ever-changing nature of her projects. She holds a B.F.A. in Photography & Film and a B.S. in Creative Advertising from the nation’s number one public art school, Virginia Commonwealth University. Because of these dual degrees, she understands the need to balance creativity with the shots that will sell. Coyle is eager to try new things, which allows her to see each shoot with a fresh set of eyes
Even if the nature of my job is the same, the fact that I meet so many different people is very rewarding. I love being a contractor because I get snippets of insight into workforces that I wouldn't get to see otherwise. I love being able to compose my own shots, and be trusted to do so.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have shot weddings, family/graduation/newborn portraits, headshots, product photos in-use and against a backdrop for Amazon/eBay use, events, architectural, film stills/behind the scenes, and studio/strobe work. I make each client know that even though I wield the camera, they are welcome to talk to me about what’s working for them. If they ever feel uncomfortable I want to pause and talk about alternatives so the shoot is a positive experience for them too. Although I make the lens and aesthetic decisions, I want their input if they wish to be a part of the process.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
2017: Received grants from 1708 Gallery and VCUarts to travel and make work for a multimedia project about an abandoned particle accelerator in Fermilab
2017: Named “most outstanding” from my senior Photography Department
2015: published in Photographer’s Forum: Best of College and High School Photography 2015, honorable mention
A fun fact about this photographer
I helped socialize a pack of wolf pups as a kid. They are naturally shy of humans and it took a full day before one of the pups would even approach me!