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Art & Life with Christa Paustenbaugh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christa Paustenbaugh.

Christa, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a product of a very small town in the Midwest and quickly welcomed a love of travel and exploring and of course, photographing all of these new and unique places. The Marine Corps has afforded our family the opportunities to see some amazing places through our moves that have taken us literally around the world. This is something I will never take for granted, and of course, through these travels, I have added more and more places to visit and see for myself! Entering a new country with a language, I don’t know, and food I have never tried is exciting for me.

When we aren’t traveling, I am photographing families in these unique places we have called home. My heart is happiest during sessions that are truly unposed and full of love within each family. Like mine, each family has their own story to tell, and I love doing this for them through our sessions.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a family lifestyle photographer who photographs both on location around our beautiful county and in family’s homes as well. I want to tell their story, what makes them unique and document personalities and relationships at that point in their lives. I want families to come into a session with me, not with a feeling of dread, but rather knowing that it’s a brief time when they can focus on nothing but loving on their family and having fun in the process. Doing all of this with beautiful backdrops and gorgeous light is just an added bonus!
My art also encompasses a love of travel. I like to go out in the early morning before the rest of the tourists stumble out of their hotels to see a city and get lost in its side streets. I will never get tired of exploring new areas.

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?
I’m not someone who started with the latest and greatest camera equipment. I learned so much from in person and online classes to hone my skills. I began with an entry-level camera and kit lens and learned all I could on those before I outgrew them and saved for upgraded versions. If there is a skill or technique I want to learn I research and ask questions, and of course practice as much as possible.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen at any of the sites below:

People can support my work by scheduling a session of their own to tell their own family’s story. Travel prints can also be purchased here:

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Christa Paustenbaugh Photography

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