Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Mathews.
Alexis, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have always loved taking pictures of people, even when I was a little kid with a disposable camera. You could find me running around with my cheap camera and taking pictures of all my friends and family. Moving forward, I got my first professional camera September of last year and have been building my small business ever since. I first tested out my new Nikon at the Kaaboo Music Festival and was thrilled at how crisp and clear my pictures were coming out. I had the honor of capturing images of the Red-Hot Chili Peppers, P! nk, Weezer, Ice Cube, and even Tom Petty. I then started taking pictures of my friends whose husbands were deployed for 6 months. Fast forward to January 2018 where I shot my first paid session, a military homecoming. It’s safe to say that I was insanely nervous and wanted to get the best shots I could for this very special and emotional moment. My client ended up ecstatic with her pictures and I’ve been booking gigs ever since!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’d have to say I am most passionate about photographing couples. I love capturing sweet, intimate moments between couples and giving them the ability to savor that memory. Couples sessions can be sweet and fun or romantic and moody, and I love that range of emotion. What I want people to take away from my art is the love and sentiment that there can be between two people. I consider myself a professional third-wheeler and I’m okay with that because the outcome of these sessions is beautiful and full of raw emotions. My pictures tend to be on the warmer side of the spectrum, but moody at the same time. I love shooting at the beach during golden hour, but I can capture the same amount of love in a field or on top of a mountain.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think artists have it easier today than other artists in history. We have so many platforms to showcase our work and advertise our services than those in the past. Instagram, Facebook, Yelp, Pinterest, even news articles! Although we have all these platforms, I do think it can be easy to get overwhelmed or to start comparing yourself to others. Let me just say, each artists’ work is unique to them. No one can take away your style or your creativeness unless you let them. You were born with this talent and I encourage you to support your fellow artists rather than tear them down. I completely believe in community over competition and I think it makes it less stressful for us artists in the long run to have that support and encouragement.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can check out more of my work through Facebook or Instagram at
Or through my website at www.lexihopephoto.com
People can support my work by liking or following me on social media, or even booking me for a session! Let’s make some magic!
- Website: www.lexihopephoto.com
- Phone: 7707572365
- Email: lexihopephoto.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/lexihopephotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/lexihopephotography
Lexi Hope Photography