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Meet Samantha Callahan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Callahan.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up my mother had boxes and boxes of photographs underneath her bed. She would have my sister and I create collages or albums. She also would set up photoshoots in the house to take portraits of my sister and I, which I remember being either super fun or stressful. Because of this, I took an interest in photography early in life.

I knew at a young age that it was important to capture all of life’s moments. I have been photographing since I was 13 years old. Where ever I went I had a camera, and my friends and I always ended up having a mini photoshoot no matter where we were. When social media became popular, almost all of my friends came to me when they needed a new “profile picture”.

In High School, I took photography classes, learned the basics, and really started developing my style. I started coming up with concepts for photos, and began setting up my first real, creative shoots with my friends. On top of that, whenever I was invited somewhere, like a party, I would bring my camera, and developed a reputation as “the red-head with the camera” or “the girl who takes good pictures.”

Over the years, from then until now, I’ve gone from those shoots with friends to shooting weddings, events, family and individual portraits, real estate, musicians and other artists, and much more, while still producing work of my own. I capture both life and make believe.

I’ve made my passion of photography my full time job; it isn’t always easy, but it’s always rewarding,

Please tell us about your art.
I capture both life and make believe. It’s hard for me to describe my style with words. My photography is very colorful and vivid, but there is usually a hint of darkness that comes through as well. I struggle with mental illness, and photography has become my coping mechanism. I feel like aspects of my subconscious come through as well. It’s the only way I know how to truly express myself.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
To be honest current events have never really informed my art. Most of my work comes from within myself and my own battles.

I will say that whenever I need a crew on set for a photoshoot, I have almost always worked with women. From stylists and makeup artists, to subjects, to second shooters, they’re almost always female, and that’s a reflection of the rise of female empowerment.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
On my website and social media accounts are the best ways to see my photography and to find out where I’ll be displaying my work.

I am participating in the Brookfield Fine Arts Festival September 22nd at Kiwanis Park.

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Image Credit:
All photos taken and styled my me.

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