(This article ran in the Statesman this morning. I'm pretty happy with it. Must admit getting interviewed was a little nerve racking, but Helen did a great job. As for the Gen Art shows... there were only 1200 people at two of them. The others only had a couple of hundred people.)
Sledd trained her eye on photography at young age
Status: Single, but taken
Current Position: Self-employed photographer. She’s also a partner in the entertainment Website do512.com
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really little I wanted to be a vet, but later I wanted to be a lawyer so I could wear a three-piece power suit and carry a briefcase.
How’d you get into photography?
I started taking pictures at 14. My Aunt Laurie, who’s a photographer, gave me her old camera, and I fell in love. Then the (
What did you study at ACC?
While I was still at UT, I took some photography courses at ACC. The portrait photography teacher hated me. The olan mills thing, I could never get. Or didn’t want to get. I made a C.
So your work took on a life of its won while you were still in college. What happened when you go out?
When I graduated (in 2003) I thought I wanted to go to law school. School is sort of addictive. So I applied to
Were you worried about being able to make a living at photography?
I thought I couldn’t. Then I decided it just didn’t matter. If it didn’t work, I’d move home. But it did work.
You do all sorts of work, right? Even weddings?
I have a separate company that does weddings, so yes, every Saturday between now and December I do weddings.
How does the family nursery business play into your life?
I love the nursery. I don’t want to work there 40 hours a week, but it’s a beautiful place to be. And you meet so many people there. It doesn’t hurt when I’m (shooting) an event that I already know the key players because they shop there.
Who or what is your all-time favorite photographic subject?
There’s this one definite person who changed my life: Janean Garofalo. I’m 17 at SXSW. The Chronicle assigns me to shoot a star. And I ruined the film . I was so nervous about getting it right and I got it wrong. I called and (Garofalo) said OK; I could have 5 minutes at Firth and Congress. I ddi it again, and everything was OK. Had she said no, it’s very possible that the Chronicle would’ve fired me and I would’ve give up on photography and become a lawyer.
- Helen @nders