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Today we’d like to introduce you to Cole Untiedt.

Cole, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was gifted a point and shoot camera when I was around 10, and I have been inseparable ever since. I have lived in San Diego my whole life, and I have never taken any classes on photography (I am self-taught). I first began shooting landscapes, and now have evolved to portraits. I have meet many close friends through photography as well as have learned many life lessons. My freshman year of high school I founded my photography studio, Cole Untiedt Photography, which has since evolved into a production company which specializes in portraits and branded photography, as well as videography. Photography has given me an outlet to collaboratively work together with the model or brand to help bring their and my vision to life. My favorite part of this art form would have to be the freedom it gives the artist, there are simply no rules or boundaries, and with a camera in your hand like a paintbrush to an artist, you are fully in control to uniquely capture the shot you are envisioning.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do? Why? And what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a self-taught portrait photographer. I hope people take away the sincerity of my portraits and can feel the emotion through the screen or paper they are viewing my work on. I shoot on a Canon 5d mark IV and will occasionally use film. I gain my inspiration thorough two ways. My work usually will contain a high amount of contrast, as well as strong dark and light tones, which I find my inspiration from old European film photographers such as Slim Aarons, who depicted bright, coastal scenes with models in the foreground. Also, when I am walking around, and I see a great photo location, where the lighting is just right, I will bookmark it and make sure I come back to it and experiment with the lighting to get the perfect portrait.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think the biggest challenge facing artists is monetizing your work. With the cell phone, less people are hiring photographers, and are expecting to pay less for their services.

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 view my work on COLEUNTIEDT.COM or @SHOTBYCOLE on Instagram!

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Image Credit:
Jillian Roberts

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