Get to know FP Me babe and photographer, Saige, and learn to capture the amazing photos you’ve always wanted to.
My name is Saige Mateo, I’m a Puerto Rican, Polish, Ukrainian, and Czechoslovakian mutt from New York. I grew up a drawing-obsessed hermit crab, then took a leap of faith at 15 by traveling internationally with a community group called build on. We headed to Nicaragua to build a much-needed school. I spent a few weeks living in a mud hut, and soon realized I wanted to keep it going!
When I was 18, I set my sights on Colorado, where I graduated high school and pursued a photography degree at Colorado Mountain College. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I see beautiful images in my head and bring them to life in my photos. I started out using a Pentax film camera and, from there, continue in my quest to make art.
Some tips for taking an elevated photo:
1) Appreciate the view before you shoot! That way, you can take it all in and perhaps spot something extra-special.
2) Camp! You can benefit from understanding the constant shift in the natural light! Plus, the challenge of hiking in search of more spots can yield some great surprises.
3) Stay safe! I’m pretty fearless (even when it comes to laying on a cliff) when it comes to taking pictures, but I ensure everything that I, or my model, is standing on is secure.
My biggest inspiration date was in taking Free People’s Moab unplugged trip to Utah. I met such amazing people who possessed similar appreciation of beautiful views and landscapes; we spent hours laughing by the fire, beautiful girls dressed like bohemian goddesses. The best part was when we were sleeping in our teepees…an incredible lighting storm developed around us in the middle of the night. One of the girls, Delaney, woke up as I did. We watched the lighting filled our teepee and felt the refreshing drizzle fall through the canvas. It was magical.
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