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Check out Chelsey Tobiason’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsey Tobiason.

Chelsey, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My name is Chelsey Tobiason and I am a lifestyle photographer. Photography came at me slowly; subtly. It started as a hobby to capture my own family’s moments and grew into a passion for catching organic, natural-light portraits. I am fortunate enough to have found something that I love, and in doing so I have been allowed to step into a family and snapshot an instant of their lives.

One keystone of my approach to business is to build relationships with clients that outlast the length of a shoot. My goal is to be your person. I want to see you get married. I want to document the birth of your child, take her first portrait, and see you grow together as a family. I want to get your Christmas card and squeal with glee at how fast your babies are growing.

One of the biggest inspirations for me came from my own personal experience of being a busy mother of three. Mothers are generally the ones behind the camera; taking photos of their children in their element. Giving them a chance to be in the frame, to showcase the love between a mama and her child(ren) is one of the greatest gifts that I can give.

Life is full of moments. Let me help you encapsulate them.

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?
“To me, Art is imagination in motion. Taking something from the brain and transforming it into something tangible; something that can be questioned, loved, hated, moving, and easily remembered or forgotten. Without art, there is no point in life and without life, art could not flourish.”
–Brad Bass

My aim is to take your life and turn it into art. I love natural light and natural posing that captures the raw emotion of a person. My work is a mix of moody shadows and catches of light– framed around my subjects.

I hope that when people see my work it takes them back to a moment; a baby’s first laugh, the feel of an infant’s tiny finger grabbing their own, or the emotion of a family’s first photo. I want to catch the throws of new love, the passion of a marriage, the sweetness of a two-year-old pulling green grass from in between their toes…

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Being an artist has always been a struggle and today photographers are being discounted due to the amazing advances in camera phone technology. Even for me, many of my own photos of my children are taken on my phone.

But I like to think that most people can appreciate the difference between an artist with years of experience in taking photos, and someone who is merely snapping photos on their smartphone. There are only so many tweaks that you can make on a small device like a phone, compared to the thousands that a professional photographer can with an actual camera.

Sites like SD Voyager are helping to showcase artists. They are promoting local, talented people who love to serve their community. Encouraging artists to thrive is a fantastic way to inspire relationships, business, and growth.

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?
My work has featured in various publications but the easiest way to keep up is to check out my website or follow me on Instagram. You can support me by following, commenting, and letting me be a part of your family, even if just for a moment.

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