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Art & Life with Carrie White

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie White.

Carrie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My photography was a hobby in its infancy; something I did to remember my kids as babies. Eventually friends and family asked me to capture their family portraits. A spark ignited and I loved taking everyone’s pictures and experiencing a client’s emotional reaction when seeing their images. I caught the photography bug and realized photography is an art I could enjoy and be successful at. Today, I specialize in photographing weddings, quinceaneras and graduates.  I also constantly work hard to continually improve my craft and have achieved my Certification for Professional Photography (CPP).  That means I have completed required education and work on lighting techniques, equipment and unique photography scenarios.  My photography also has been evaluated and rated as professional quality by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) which is the leading body for imaging professionals.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My professional photography is based upon my love for design and my belief that moments cannot be reproduced and must be “captured”, so we can share our sorrow, love and achievements with others through a picture.  The best place in my mind to capture these emotions are through life’s milestones like weddings and quinceanera; can you imagine Grandma’s tears of happiness as her first Granddaughter walks down the aisle?  I want that photograph for my clients.

I have an unquenchable desire to always improve and think about how I can make the next image better and tell a story from a unique perspective. My goal of capturing the story can be a challenge because sometimes light is not what I consider good, the background is not ideal or I just can’t move fast enough, but these challenges constantly push me to think of a workaround and how I can get the best shot with what I am given. I want to deliver the best images to my clients and tell a clear story without distraction and that is always my goal.

I also believe photographs need to be printed to enjoy in your home. We live in a digital age and often that means a quick photo snapshot will set inside your phone with the reality that it could be lost forever. I have an article on my website focusing on the importance of printing our pictures for future generations, don’t lose all those life moments because of an impending software glitch (https://www.carriewhitephoto.com/blog/2016/10/print-those-pictures).

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Photography was not my first career. My love for capturing all the smiles, milestones and just life in general lead to my hobby becoming an income source. My advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns is to make it happen… if you love your art craft, then you will be successful at it and your passion will push you to always advance.

Photography has so many tools to utilize, but I focused on what I actually needed to tell a photo story…..just a camera! I started out with a novice camera and natural light. I built up one lens at a time focusing on becoming an expert with each lens. Then, I moved to off-camera flash and discovered so many new techniques. I made light modifiers out of what was available in my home; a laundry basket casts great shadows. My advice is to start with what is available and become the best at it and find a way to get to the next level without making a financial investment that will deter you from your end goal.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can support my photography by sharing or commenting on my photography. Much of my business is from past clients and word of mouth. I always ask my clients to please provide reviews of the photos I worked with them to capture and my photography service; it is my belief that improvement comes from supportive feedback letting me know what I am doing well and what can be improved.

I am grateful for all the support I currently have with my clients and constantly work to increase my network, so if you touch the photography industry in some way please reach out to me.

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