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Meet Danielle Carr of Danielle Carr Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Carr.

Danielle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been a creative kid growing up, but my interest in digital art didn’t start until high school for me. My progression started at broadcast journalism, went to online video journalism, to film, and finally ended in digital photography. I went to college to major in Cinema Arts and Science– only to realize my true passion was photography. I changed majors my second year and now am studying for a BA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
A big struggle of mine is how independent photography is compared to what I was used to– film. With film you have a crew, you have multiple people to bounce ideas off of, and if something goes wrong those same people are figuring it out together.

With photography, a lot of times it’s just me and the model. And being an introverted person, it’s hard sometimes to get out of the anxieties and worries in my head of what could go wrong and just focus on shooting.

I constantly need to remember to trust myself and my creative eye and be as good as I know I can be. So my biggest struggle I would say is my confidence in myself as an independent, young female artist– and the pressure I put on myself at every shoot to deliver at the level I am capable of.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My photography has never narrowed itself down to a specific category– if anything it’s broadened. Simply, I love taking pictures of moments in time of people. I take a lot of candid people on the street photographs in downtown Chicago, as well as stylized creative shoots in a studio or on location. I am constantly trying to evolve as an artist, and my latest venture is graphics and visual design.

This constant evolution of what I brand myself as is a part of me as a young artist still trying to find their place in the world. My creative self is always trying different ways of expression– and this is what sets me apart from just being a photographer. I see myself as an artist through many different mediums.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I always had an interest in the arts. I always loved doing crafts, drawing, writing, reading, painting, you name it. I was also a very shy kid, which still manifests itself in me today. All of these different arts and crafts was a way for me to express myself to the world in whatever form I deemed necessary. I was also living in a very sheltered area, and going to private Catholic schools.

This small circle of only interacting with people who looked like me and thought like me was important in that I now knew what I wasn’t going to focus on. Since I’ve been in college in Chicago, I try to create with people who do not have the same background as me. I feel like I have a very diverse portfolio of people from all over, and I hope to keep expanding and seeing a bigger world with every person I shoot with.

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