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Art & Life with Brenda Winburn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brenda Winburn.

Brenda, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a camera in my hand. Was I any good at it? Not the best, but that wasn’t the point. I was (still am) obsessed with taking photos. I used to play around with polaroid’s in Junior High. Once I got into High School I took photo class where I learned about dark rooms, developing film and creating prints.

I instantly fell in love with it. But still, it was always just a hobby. I never imagined that I could do this as a career. I thought I was going to be a youth pastor for the rest of my life. Yes, you read that correctly. I went to bible college, became a youth pastor and thought that was it for me. It wasn’t until I met my wife that my life got flipped turned upside down. Just call me The Fresh Prince(ss) of Bel Air.

Meeting my wife opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. I realized that I could be myself and be proud of it. I found myself feeling a bit lost once I left my position at the church. I started to ask myself “what do I really love to do?” and photography was the first thing that came to mind. I bought my first DSLR, went to work and I never looked back. It’s the best decision I have ever made.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a family photographer based out of Southern California. Family photography is what gets my heart beating fast and what gives me the most fulfillment! Being able to document growing families is the most incredible feeling. I have had the pleasure of photographing pregnant mamas and then later getting to photograph their little once they’ve arrived. It doesn’t stop there. I am fortunate that I get to follow along with my families as they continue to add little humans to their tribes.

My sessions are unique because I don’t pose my clients. I offer guidance, but I won’t put you in stuffy poses where you don’t feel like yourself. The images that I love the most are the ones when no one is looking at the camera. The ones where I am able to capture glances, kisses and all the magic. I want my clients to look back on these images and remember how much fun they had, the love they felt and the moments that were shared. My source of inspiration is documenting emotion and chemistry between humans.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Keep going. Don’t stop. Keep doing what makes you happy. Try not to pay attention to how many followers you have or how many people like and comment on your art. Your art is YOUR art. No one can tell you if it’s worthy or not of praise. The biggest lesson I wish I would have learned earlier is that I am valuable and that I am worthy of being paid for my services. I think so often we let ourselves be driven by discounts and deals when the reality is that our art shouldn’t be based on anything else but our heart and talent.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can follow along with me on Instagram and my website, I also have a mailing list where you can stay up to date with this wild ride I’m on. You’ll also see cute photos of my pups, that should be reason enough to follow along!

I hope to someday have an art show where I showcase my favorite black and white images.

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