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Art & Life with Teresa Fae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teresa Fae.

Teresa, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve loved and been attracted to art all my life. I loved music, painting, drawing, dancing and taking photos. It wasn’t until college I found my creative form was photography. I got my first SLR film camera, a Pentax k 1000, from a skate photographer friend and I was hooked. When I realized I could make an image look the way I imagined it I wanted to shoot all the time. I took my camera everywhere. This was back in the days of film. I dabbled in some different thing after college and then found myself working at Haro Design in Cardiff, a graphic design agency, doing office work. I wasn’t satisfied with what I was doing and wanted to be doing what the designers and photographers were doing. One thing led to another and not too long after leaving Haro Design I had a website and a camera and I was getting paid to shoot for clients. That was over eleven years ago.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Simply put I’m a photographer. The camera’s my tool for creating. I mostly photograph people, family, kids, couples, the whole spectrum. I love making creative, candid images. I love images that tell a story between a couple, a moment a family shares, or reveals the personality of a person. Documentary photography became more important to me in the second half of my career as a standard portrait didn’t reward me the same way a hilarious, or touching moment would. I try to do all this along with using creative compositions to make eye candy images. This is what I strive for and I try to grow everyday as an artist.

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?
The starving artist syndrome is a concern, but if you’re doing what you love and you’re happy I think there’s always a way to make things work. Additionally, I think that with all the social media tools available to artists these days with the right skills and knowledge you can use these tools to market yourself in a smart way. Nothing is impossible!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Besides being a photographer, I co-host a podcast called The Last Picture! We have conversations with other photographers about the ups and downs, adventures and behind the scenes fun of being photographer. Like other photographers I have a website and use Instagram to keep in touch and share new work., @teresafaephoto

I’ve been featured in local wedding magazines and am the exclusive photographer for some local print magazines: 92024 magazine, Delsol magazine, and 92067 magazine. I also currently have some canvas yoga portraits hanging at two Yoga Tropics locations in Encinitas.

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Image Credit:
Photo of me taken by Kristy Walker.

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