Daniel Boyce said he never expected to be awarded the 2019 Caribbean Style
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He was doing something which earned money but did not make him happy and he knew he needed a change, and that change has led him to unexpected heights.
On June 28, Boyce will be in Washington DC, where he will be honoured as the 2019 Caribbean Style & Culture (CSC) Awards fashion photographer.
In an interview at the REI Fashion Academy in Wildey, St Michael, the photographer recounted how he was at a crossroads a mere six months after turning professional.
“I’ve been involved in photography as long as I can remember, but I’ve only been doing it professionally for about a year, and fashion photography for about six months. When I turned professional, I began with commercial photography, but around eight months ago I was home and realised I was not happy. I wanted to narrow down what I was doing and specialise, so I took two months off working to focus on fashion,” he said.
Boyce poured his heart and soul into fashion photography, even operating at a loss in order to build his portfolio. During that time his friend Steffan Burgess, who operates REI, was invaluable, as was Boyce’s partner Alexandra Forde, whom he bounced ideas off. They will both be accompanying him to DC.
After two months of intensive work, Boyce was ready to begin a new chapter as a professional fashion photographer, a step he felt nervous but excited about. What happened next, however, cemented the fact that he had made the right choice.
“I heard about the CSC show, a United States-based initiative that gives out awards recognising Caribbean fashion photographers and fashion culture, which has been going on for about a decade. In November I decided to submit my portfolio, just for fun and experience, as I did not expect to win, but they ended up liking my body of work,” he said.
It was in December when Boyce realised he had placed one foot firmly in the door as an internationally recognised fashion photographer. (CA)
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