Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Modifica.
Brooke, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am married to my best friend and we have two beautiful children. I have had a passion for photography since I was a child, I was always saving up my allowance money to buy film and setting up photo shoots for my friends. I took photography classes in college and even learned to develop my own photos in the darkroom. I purchased my first DSLR camera in 2011 in an attempt to take better photos of my daughter and I fell in love with digital photography. In 2012, I was given a second chance at life. I’m a very young stroke survivor. I’m so grateful to be around to tell you about it. I’m making the most of the new life that I was given and I’m loving it. Moving to the San Diego area four years ago and finally pursuing photography professionally are a part of that new adventure. The support of my family and friends has pushed me to finally go after my dreams.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
“Time is fleeting” takes on a whole new meaning when you become a parent. You begin to realize just how quickly time passes with little ones. Children change and grow so quickly. I love how a photograph can capture personalities, memories, and moments in time – moments that we will never get back. These are more than just photographs. I create pieces of artwork that become treasured memories to look back on for years to come. It brings me joy to capture all of the fleeting moments for families from maternity, milestones, annual family portraits, to high school senior photos. I strive to connect with my clients and help them to feel comfortable. It is my goal for them to see me as a friend through their experience and to be able to create portraits that are relaxed, clean, and timeless.
I am also very inspired by beautiful souls with special needs that have been placed in my life. I have recently started a series called “More Than a Diagnosis”. They have stories to tell, and I want to help them tell those stories. I want to use my portraits and social media to help them reach those that may need it most.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
This is definitely something that has been a struggle for me as well. I want to stay completely debt free as I grow as an artist and business owner. Photography can be a very expensive art form. I take it one piece of equipment at a time and work with what I can afford until I am able to save for the next piece. I started with an entry level camera and a kit lens and was still able to create beautiful art work. It is more about the artist behind the camera than about the equipment that they have.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on my website, blog, social media accounts and hopefully on the walls of your home after my portrait session with your family.
- Website: lonibrookephotography.com
- Phone: 760-705-4176
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/lonibrookephotography
- Facebook: facebook.com/lonibrookephotography
Personal Photo taken by : Meghan Kelly Images
Photos: Loni Brooke Photography