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Check out Jocelyn McDaniels’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jocelyn McDaniels.

Jocelyn, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I couldn’t tell you when I first fell in love photography, but by the time I turned eighteen and was ready to head out to college my entire world could fit into the lens of a camera. My obsession with capturing every moment led me to pursue an education in film making.

I spent four years in West LA learning everything I could about cinematography, lighting, and post production. Living in the fishbowl that is Hollywood, however, has the tendency to leave a person wanting. Home was never far from my mind.

Three years ago, I decided to head back to my roots in the IE and get back to basics. Shortly afterwards I met a talented local photographer (Travis Ryan for those who are looking for a little extra inspiration) who suggested I start my own photography site. Bernadette River was born.

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 like to say that “life is my aesthetic”. That idea pretty much sums up my creative process. If I see something that represents the beauty, hilarity, melancholy, or even ordinary aspects of life I try to capture it. Lately these sentiments are expressed through my travels in and around Riverside County but you can also find them in my family portrait sessions and trips abroad. I want my photography to highlight the beauty of everyday moments and hopefully inspire people to pay more attention to the little things in life. That’s where the magic is.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
The usual cliché is to just put yourself out there, but in my experience any connection worthwhile starts from within. My advice is to chase your art, your way. Once you know what you are trying to express and find the courage to do so without any self-censorship, artists who will inspire and challenge you are sure to be close by.

Let me say that again – artists who inspire and CHALLENGE you. One of the most crucial ingredients of a good collaboration is the ability to be challenged with grace. Inspiration is great but finding someone who can constructively critique not only your perspective but also how you express it can be invaluable towards your growth as an artist. Be sure to surround yourself not only with like-minded creatives, but also those who push you to dig deeper and venture further.

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?
The easiest way to find out what I’m up to is to visit my Instagram, @BernadetteRiverPhoto. I’m always posting my newest content and announcements there first, which eventually finds its way to my website ( and my Facebook page (Bernadette River Photography). I’m working on some pretty exciting projects at the moment so keep an eye out for updates!

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