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Art & Life with Raven Kinsler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raven Kinsler.

Raven, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
It’s funny; I feel like fate drew me full circle to my passion. I was in love with photography in high school and was always making my best friends have photoshoots with me. Once I graduated, I worked at a photo studio for almost seven years, where I made life long friends. I decided then that photography wasn’t what I wanted for a career. I loved having the opportunity to practice portraiture daily, but studio portraiture was limiting, and it swayed me in other artistic directions. While in college, I met a colleague who did wedding photography. She let me assist her in a wedding, and a flip instantly switched. My passion for portraiture and photography was reinvigorated. It was a day filled with so much joy and capturing that was one of the most enjoyable things that I had ever done. From that moment, I made the decision. I wanted to photograph weddings for a career and haven’t stopped pushing since!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I shoot wedding/elopement photography and couples as well. I love capturing raw emotions from couples and being able to give them something they can cherish forever. I want people to see that photography is having the ability to not only take a photo, but to also capture intimate, beautiful, and honest stories. Even if your story is going to Target every Sunday night, so you decide to take engagement photos there. (This actually happened. Pics to prove it.)

I hope people not only know they are going to get great memories to share for their lifetime with my photos, but also that they have someone who is looking out for them and their happiness on whatever special occasion it may be.

Whatever strange, silly, beautiful story you have, I’m here to capture it.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
This is something I know many artists struggle with. Specifically, in the photography world, so many photographers have told me that they constantly feel they are not successful compared to other photographers or others in the industry. It is a constant competition with social media, keeping up with trends, and staying on top of your business. I feel in order to be successful as a photographer, you have to have confidence in your work, and others will have confidence in it too. In such a saturated market, we all have a different style, a different way of capturing each moment, and none is more precious than the other. It is our job as a community to uplift each other and continue to motivate other photographers as well. By learning from others and being inspired, you will continue to improve and become more and more confident with each photo you take, and that is essential to your business and your creativity.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work on my website or on social media. You can support my work simply by keeping me in mind for your next big moment. Whether it’s your love story, engagement, or the moment you say I do, I am happy to be there for it all. Book a session with me by sending me a message or whatever floats your boat! If you’re feeling extra nice, please take a moment to comment, like or share my photos. Or even tell a friend about me!

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