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Art & Life with Emma Gibbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Gibbs.

Emma, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am an 18-year-old self-taught professional photographer. I was first introduced to photography in the 6th grade through a program that my elementary school brought in to teach my class about photography. I was hooked! From the moment I took my first photograph, I knew I wanted to keep creating images. I started to take photography seriously when I was 17. I took a college photography course while also still in high school. I created my own website to showcase my work and started taking on more serious inquiries. Now at 18, I own my own photography business and am photographing everything from weddings, families, portraits, and more.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
A majority of my work is focused on portraits. When I first started, I stood by my belief that everyone deserves to have beautiful photographs taken of them. For anyone I’m photographing, I always provide assistance in choosing outfits and what poses look best to ensure I get the most flattering photos possible. I also always strive to capture the raw and candid moments of any event that I am fortunate enough to photograph. It is always an amazing feeling to capture the special moments that life has to offer for people who happen to be in front of my lens. Documenting these special memories is what makes my job so worthwhile. Before any session, I always like to get to know my clients. This helps me capture the most authentic photos possible. I know getting your photograph taken can be awkward at times, but I always try to create a welcoming and calming environment for anyone I am photographing. Having your photos taken should be a fun and memorable experience, and the photos should always document that.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I have always struggled with what success means to me as an artist, and I still do at times. To me, success is measured in every satisfied client. More importantly, I feel that to be successful as an artist is to believe in yourself, your work, and to always get out of your comfort zone. Every artist will always have their doubts about what they’re creating, but to be in love with your art and to build confidence in yourself will push you further in creating bigger and better things.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can view my work at or on my Instagram @emmagibbsphoto. Referring me to friends and family can be a great way to help support my work. For anyone traveling to San Diego, they can also find me on Airbnb through my Sunny San Diego Photoshoot Experience.

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Image Credit:
Paris Karsh

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