We had the good fortune of connecting with Savannah Ackles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Savannah, do you have any interesting experiences or advice related to making friends as an adult?
As someone who is diagnosed with Aspergers, forming friendships in adulthood I would say has been a huge challenge for me, but I have learned a lot along the way. One of the easiest ways to form a friendship is to just go out of your bubble and enjoy the moment. Whether it be coworkers or someone you happen to meet somewhere. You don’t have to do anything major either. Sometimes just going to a park, starbucks, or just getting together at someone’s home and playing board games can really help form many friendships. I’m thankful to now have a group of friends I can do this with. If I never stepped out of my comfort zone, I’d probably be stuck at home every day missing out on those important moments.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My photography consists of many forms. I like to dip my camera into many forms of portraiture, such as weddings, creative, dark, etc. I like to show the endless possibilities and creativity that photography is capable of capturing. I was able to get where I am through social media and returning clients who enjoyed my work. I had my challenges of getting to where I am at, but all i has to do was take it day by day and to better my craft each time. Through those challenges I’ve learned there are opportunities and ideas that surround you so you have endless creativity. With this, I just want to show people what photography is capable of.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Easy, it would be Japan! Visiting a beautiful country in 2019 opened my eyes to all kinds of beauty. I would take them to Kyoto to experience the tea ceremonies in the Gion District to appreciate the Geisha culture, to walk through the Philosopher’s Path during the cherry blossom season and eat Sakura Gelato and watch the petals fall from the trees, and to take a ferry to Miyajima Island to watch the deer stroll through the streets and view the floating shrine during low tide. I would say Japan is the perfect place for a wonderful experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly, I have been very lucky to have so many supportive people in my life. My family and friends of course. But I also want to thank a few important artists who have been a huge part of my life. First, I’d like to thank Mr. Luis Melendi. He is the reason that I first got into portrait photography and photography itself. I had the wonderful opportunity of having him as my mentor and being his intern at his studio while I was in high school. He is a wonderful, caring, hard-working, and determined influence of mine who has the gift of being a highly recognized photographer and my highly respected and valued critic. Secondly, I’d like to thank my high school teacher Brenda Bush for always motivating me and pushing me to do better as an artist when I needed support the most. Thirdly, thanking Annette Robertson for exposing me to the world of nature photography and giving me inspiration to do more. Lastly, I want to thank the world renowned marine life artist Wyland. I first met him at at whaling wall event in Key Largo when he acknowledge a painting of mine. I am grateful for his friendship, advice, and his continuing support of my brand.
Faith, Melanie, Unknown japanese citizen