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Meet Alethia Redick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alethia Redick.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
As cliché as it might sound, I grew up wanting to be an artist. I had the awesome experience of being homeschooled, which gave so much opportunity to foster and cultivate creativity in my life. If I’m completely honest, my kindergarten self would be bummed that I’m not the painter I imagined I might be, but I’m thrilled with the way my life has played out instead. Being a photographer gives my extroverted, creative heart so much room to thrive. My first experience behind the camera was in third grade. I took my two-week-old brother, set him in a bean bag chair, and then borrowed my mom’s Canon Rebel and the remaining film inside it. I wish I could say I was some child photography prodigy… but I’m fairly certain you would have heard more about me if that was the case. Really, those photos were only special for the reason that they were some of the first frames of my brother… the composition is obviously that of an 8-year-old.

Fast forward ten years, and you would find me as a Print Journalism major at Biola University. I learned SO much about telling the story, being there for the moments that needed to be told and seeking out the truth. Transferring that to my photography has been one of the best ways to help breathe life into the photos I’m taking. Though I graduated with my emphasis in print media, I dove headfirst into photography. I’ve been shooting professionally since 2012. It’s been a slow growth, but I love the freedom that it gives me to be creative, help support my awesome little family, and engage with people in ways that make them feel valued and beautiful.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a lifestyle photographer and I primarily work with natural light. I shoot just about anything, and I love how each session has its own beauty and challenges. While there might be certain genres that I prefer (if I’m being honest) I love taking photos of people. Period. I love the excitement in a couple eyes when we go out for an engagement session. I love the raw beauty of the hours before a wedding ceremony that are sprinkled with smiles, happy tears and jitters. I love the way mommas-to-be cradle their baby bump. I love the chaos and laughter that always comes with family photos. Really, I love being given the chance to make pictures of people living life and loving each other. I’m lucky to be given that privilege often.

Typically, I’m inspired by people. I know that sounds like a cop out, but it’s the truth. It’s the life stories, the love stories, the friendships and the time I get to spend with people that drive me in my sessions. Alongside that, amazing light and rich color make my heart explode with excitement. Bring all those things together, and my heart sings.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Engage with your community. Find others who are in the same line of work as you and talk. Critique each other’s work. Find seminars. Host collaborations. Or, at the bare minimum, find some artists in social media and reach out regarding what you admire about their work!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a little space on the internet at Captivatedvisuals.com, as well as Facebook and Instagram under the name Captivated Visuals as well. As for support, take the time to look at my work… interact with me… best of all, if you enjoy what I do, book a portrait session with me.

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Captivated Visuals

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