Definition of an Artist

Life

I’ve had this sweet baby for nearly 3 years. It’s amazing how many photos I’ve taken with this entry-level DSLR. I first used it in high school and decided to purchase one after graduation. Funny how I didn’t need it my first two years of college. Now I’m using it all the time. The most beautiful photos I have taken were captured with this little entry-level Nikon DSLR and it’s simple starter lens. I wish I could have all the lenses and all the cameras, but this ‘lil thing will do just fine at the moment.

You don’t always have to go somewhere extravagant to create.

You don’t have to have the best equipment in order to make a masterpiece.

I believe that you can be a great photographer by using what is right in front of you. Sometimes I feel like I have to go out of town in order to take beautiful portraits or photographs. The thought of leaving my hometown of 20 years is exciting because I can go wherever I want to go, or wherever my truck allows me to go. A true artist knows how to make art wherever they are. They don’t have to go an hour upstate to capture the lighting. They don’t need a ticket to Italy in order to photograph the beautiful architecture. If you can photograph with what you have and where you are, then you can create a great photograph. I use a makeshift studio in my room. If you’ve seen me photograph around my house you would think I’m being extra and unnecessary. I climb on tables and rearrange furniture in order to take a good photo.  Ask other photographers. I’m sure they have some crazy stories of how they got a great shot. I remember I was second shooting for a wedding and the photographer and I were both short. She climbed onto the arm rests of the chair while I supported her so she could hang the dress on the curtain rod. It was a workout.

Working with what you have is not a limitation. It’s a door for opportunities and creativity. It shows that you can create a work of art with anything and everything. As an artist, it stimulates creativity. Create with whatever you have. It’s not a limitation. Let us be extra with the little we have.

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