Could you introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Sabelle Mebane, a teen photographer and Instagram influencer. I work with different companies to create fashion and lifestyle photography for my Instagram, but most of the time I'm just having fun with my camera!
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I’m a very free spirit, and my friends often describe me as a modern day hippie. My life philosophy is probably just going with the flow and having a positive, optimistic attitude. My success was accidental, photography was just a hobby I was very passionate about and I think as long as I love and put effort into what I’m doing I’ll find some form of success.
How does your environment influence your creative direction?
I live in a relatively small town outside of Dallas where everything is kind of cookie cutter. It’s definitely not ideal for a creative mind, but I think my environment really pushed me to be unique and it taught me that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing because normality can be relatively boring.
What’s something you always find yourself capturing with your camera?
People! When you capture a person on camera you can feel the happiness they feel in that moment, and I think that’s just such a beautiful thing to preserve.
Could you tell us a bit about your creative process? Walk us through start to finish.
My creative process is very simple and “go with the flow” in fact some of my best shots aren't even planned. Typically i’ll be in a setting that sparks a creative vision, I’ll get multiple shots and once I've edited them that’s when I might get the idea to put them into a photo series.
What does it feel like to be in front of the camera? Has it always been a focus of yours to capture expression through self portraits?
Since Instagram was the outlet I choose to share my photography, I think my work was definitely influenced by fellow influencers in the Instagram community who are usually mostly focused on selfies and OOTD’s. I think that pressured me into showing my self in my photos more since the public seemed to enjoy that, but it also helped my confidence level and I find myself being more comfortable in front of a camera.
What is one piece of advice you would tell your younger self?
I still am relatively young, I'm still growing and finding myself, but I’d tell my child self that everything’s gonna work out fine.
Could you walk us through a day you would deem perfect?
I’d be sleeping in late and wake up to a sunny day, I’d start my day by reading a book (preferably a poetry collection) while enjoying a breakfast smoothie and playing “The Smiths” on my record player. Then I’d put on a fun colorful outfit and meet up some friends to go downtown to enjoy burgers, live music, local art, and shopping. Then I’d end my day at a drive in movie theater watching a Wes Anderson film (preferably Moonrise Kingdom).
How does music, fashion or culture inspire your current self expression? Who are a few of your biggest influences?
All of the above inspire me on a daily basis, but fashion is probably what’s inspired my work the most, I try to have fun with the outfits and in a lot of my shots I think it's the clothing that stands out the most. So many different people have helped influence me and my work, but I think the biggest influences in my life are all the powerful, successful women that took a chance and turned being an artist into their careers.
What are a few of your goals for the upcoming year?
1. Improve my posture and walk with poise and confidence
2. Have a more confident attitude
3. Be a little more spontaneous
What makes you happy?
Friends & family
Any closing comments?
Hey grandpa! *waves*