We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly McCormick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my love and passion what I do. For me, photography is not just a job, it’s a way of life. I absolutely love capturing beauty around the world. Some of my best shots are the ones that come totally unexpected. If you do not love what you do, it will show in your work. One thing that has kept me successful is never allowing myself to mold my love for photography into a job. It helps me stay humble and excited for the next best shot.
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.
I feel like with all creative outlets, there’s always ups and downs. I started doing photography at a very young age, I felt like I always saw the world differently than those around me. I was never caught without a camera, and I wanted to capture everything that was going on no matter what it was. My love for photography really blossomed when I went over to Tanzania for the first time after graduating from Roanoke College in 2008. After that I moved to Colorado- with the mountains in my backyard I was instantly spoiled and took every free moment to explore. I’ve gone from taking photos of elk on the side of the road to watching coastal brown bears guzzle down Salmon in the Alaskan wilderness. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but each obstacle has taught me an invaluable lesson. One thing that always has helped me overcome challenges is remembering to stay true to myself and to never compare myself to anyone else. There are a lot of incredibly talented photographers out there, and with social media platforms it’s easy to get carried away in believing your work is not good enough. That can create a pretty dark space and stunt your creativity. If you love what you do, and you love what you shoot, at the end of the day that’s a success. If you believe in yourself as a photographer, and you work hard to develop your eye and take risks, the possibilities are truly endless.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh wow, great question! I would take them on an epic Colorado road trip. Starting in Denver and enjoying some local craft beer or kombucha, followed by dinner provided by one of the food trucks. I would also squeeze in a show at Red Rocks, I’m a huge live music fan and spend a lot of time photographing festivals and bands passing through Colorado. Some of my favorite spots are Buena Vista, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, and Summit County. I have a lot of specific “go-to” spots I love, but I like to keep those a secret…we have to keep our wild places wild.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother was my biggest fan. Unfortunately, she passed away from Stage IV Lung Cancer in 2019. She was the one who never deterred me from following my photography passion. She also never even flinched when I told her I wanted to spend all my time snapping photos of critters that lived outside growing up. She bought me my very first camera, a Polaroid of course, and never questioned why I would go through 3 packets of film a day. She was my best friend, and whenever I hit a milestone or a big accomplishment she was the first person I would call. Since she passed away, some of the most magical moments have happened in nature behind my lens and I truly believe she played and continues to play a big part in Mother Nature delivering.
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