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Meet Cassidy Croot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassidy Croot.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I had always been interested in photography since I was a child. I remember using up all of my disposable cameras, shooting with a pink Poloroid, and lining up my dolls to take their “family portraits”. As I got older I began to realize how important having photos taken is to our lives. Life is short and we want to be able to look back and remember that place and time and bring back the feelings we felt then. In July 2015 I took a leap and purchased my first DSLR camera. I had no idea what manual mode was, no idea what I was doing. After many hours reading photographer resources, speaking to successful photographers, and practicing I decided I’d volunteer to photograph a family wedding. I enjoyed it so much that I photographed friends and family before making the leap to shooting clients. The rest is history! I love connecting with my clients on a personal level, making them feel comfortable, and capturing their genuine moments. My main goal going into every session is to make sure my clients had fun and enjoyed their experience with me. I left my full time job in April 2017 just before having my daughter. This gave me so much more time for photography, and I realized even more how much I truly love capturing these moments in my clients’ lives. In December 2017 I left my part time job to solely focus on being a mother and pursuing photography full time. It was the best decision I ever made.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a photographer, mainly specializing in portraits, however I also capture military homecomings. My inspiration for each session are the words warm, genuine, and fun. Although I can’t control the weather I want my clients to feel ‘warm & fuzzy’ during their session. I love capturing the closeness of couples and families. Many times during a shoot I’ll tell my clients “move closer! move your faces closer together!”. I also want genuine emotion to show through my photos. I want real laughs, real smiles, and real love to shine through. I believe these are the kinds of photos that my clients will look back on in the years to come and remember this time in their lives fondly. I want my clients to have FUN at every session. I want them to be excited about their photos and leave thinking “That was actually a good time!” I want my viewers to look at an image I’ve produced and feel the emotions. I want them to feel the excitement of expecting parents during their maternity shoot, the overwhelming love of a new bundle of joy from a Fresh 48 session, and the pure joy and emotion that comes with welcoming a loved one home from a long deployment. I want my viewers to look at my work and see the importance in investing in quality photographs that will become keepsakes for their loved ones.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I am always for community over competition. Many of my close friends are photographers! I love being able to bounce ideas off other photographers and artists, work with them, and even be able to refer my clients to them knowing they will be getting a wonderful, quality product. Put yourself out there and be kind. Not everyone’s art is the same but it’s all so important. It’s important for us as artists to befriend other artists – they are our people, our brains work similarly. I find some of the best people I’ve met are fellow creatives. Don’t be afraid to message or comment on other artists’ work!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my work on my website cassidyjophotography.com. I often post more recent photos on my Facebook Page Facebook.com/cassidyjophotographs and my Instagram account Instagram.com/cassidyjophoto. Anyone can support my work by following me on social media, of course giving me likes and positive comments, as well as recommending my services to their friends.

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Image Credit:
Raven Lusher – StormRae Photography (the first image of myself)

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