Today we’d like to introduce you to Shalimar Beekman.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Even as a kid, I was inspired by photographs and would sit and pour through album after album of old family photos. But it wasn’t until I started having kids of my own that I was motivated to take classes at a local photography school. There I learned from a community of photographers and then became one that was helping to teach new students. After being encouraged by the director of the school, I launched my own business photographing kids and families. 10 years later, I am forever grateful that I made that decision and feel so privileged to do what I do. In this ten years of being in business, I have photographed everything from rock stars to famous actors, I’ve won awards for my work and been published. But, what really matters the most to me is when a client looks at her photos and cries tears of joy.
Please tell us about your art.
When I first started my business, I was primarily photographing babies and kids. As any artist, my work has evolved and has recently focused more on family and the connections within a family. It’s very important for me to include parents, and especially mothers, in photos with their children. So often, mothers are reluctant to be included in photos so a few years ago I started thinking about why that is. In order to encourage moms to exist in photos, I’ve learned the best ways to pose them, make them feel comfortable in front of my camera and see themselves the way their family sees them!
My hope is that when a family sees the images that we’ve created together, they see the love and connection that they feel as a family. As a mom myself, I know how fast time goes and how quickly things change with our kids. I also know that a parent’s time is precious, so I make things as easy as possible for my clients – from guiding them on what to wear for their session to helping them design products from their images, I am there every step of the way.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
While it’s true that being an artist can sometimes be lonely, I say the fix for that is to seek out communities. While online groups can provide a form of community, I find that meeting with actual people in real life is the best way to really connect. For this, I make it a priority to go to workshops and conferences where I not only learn from industry experts, but also connect with other photographers across the world, often forming lifelong friendships.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be found at www.shalimarbphotography.com and with select sessions featured on my blog at blog.shalimarbphotography.com I also post on Www.instagram.com/
- Address: 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Suite 303B Chicago, IL 60613
- Website: www.shalimarbphotography.com
- Phone: 773-230-5441
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/shalimarbphoto
- Facebook: facebook.com/shalimarbphotography
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