"My story probably begins many years ago in 3rd grade. I was just about to give up on drawing when our art teacher introduced us to Pablo Picasso. Suddenly I knew I didn’t have to be perfect to be good. My love for drawing continued. I became infatuated with drawing faces. When I was 13 my dad taught me lines are made up of light and shadows. I began to see the world completely different at that moment. It really set the stage for my future love of photography.
Soon after school I got married to a wonderful man and we started a family. Taking care of my family was the most important thing I could or wanted to do, but my artistic spirit took a back seat. I replaced my love for painting with photographing my children. Soon others hired me for family and wedding photos. I had never thought about being a “photographer” until then. But no matter how good I was I never found joy in shooting those things. Several years ago, however, I suffered some health issues which made me reevaluate things. I took the time to learn as much as I could about my camera and photography. And the rest is history.
People have asked me how I developed my style. It’s easy…I tried everything, eliminated what I hated until I found what I loved. There are wonderful wedding, family and nature photographers, but those things didn’t move me. It wasn’t until one of my mentors showed me the world of fashion and beauty photography – it was a return to art. He commanded me to stop worrying about the technical stuff and just have fun. This is when my work really exploded.
As most photographers do, I looked at others’ work for inspiration, but soon came to trust my vision and creative spark. Their style wasn’t, and couldn’t be, my style. My photography is driven by how I feel and the emotions my work creates. I realized this when I let go of the technical side that had it’s hold on me. The camera is my paintbrush, my subjects are my canvas. Together, we make art.
My favorite subjects are teens and young adults because of their free spirited nature, but I love working with anyone who has a sense of adventure and an open mind. I have crazy ideas, and enjoy collaborating with those who are as excited about my ideas as I am. I’m currently looking into building my own studio and taking an online fashion course. I also enjoy crafting fashion pieces for my shoots. I have so many plans and ideas for the future. For the first time in my life something feels so right to me that I could never imagine turning back."
Feature by Keran Look Loy