Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheyenne Arnold.
Cheyenne, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After six years of doing social media for a corporate surf brand (and one year commuting from Encinitas to Costa Mesa!), I decided to set out on my own and freelance. I wanted more creative control and freedom — I guess just more creativity in my life in general. A few months after I left Hurley, I ended up taking a job as assistant director for the Main Street Association in Leucadia, doing all their communications and handling business membership.
Through that, I met Eric and Leigh Zamora, owners of Solomon + Co. Hair Studio. They were asking if I knew any local artists that would want to show their work in the salon when something came over me and I volunteered myself. Meeting them was cosmic timing and fate at work because signing on to do a show at Solomon + Co. forced me to go way outside my comfort zone as an artist and a person. I made a website, I got better at taking photos, and I learned what works and what doesn’t at a photo show.
Right after I took my photos down at the salon, I got invited to do a show at Culture Brewing Co. in Encinitas. After my first show, I knew I wanted to print less photos and print them a lot bigger. I loved how it turned out! While photography is still a fun side project for me (I recently took “maternity” photos of my friend and her new puppy), I look forward to sticking with it, having fun, and seeing where it goes.
Has it been a smooth road?
Just the fear of putting yourself out there. In my past role, I worked with a lot of professional photographers, so sometimes I wonder what they think of me trying my hand at their craft. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t do it if it weren’t genuinely fun for me… So I try to remember that when I start to let any fears and doubts creep in.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Cheyenne Arnold Creative story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a freelance creative, but for this article, I think we’re focusing on my photography! I got a Fuji Film X100T almost exactly a year ago. I took it to Europe on the trip of a lifetime with three of my best friends. The photos I captured are some of my favorite images so far, because we were having the best time ever, but also because they encapsulate what I love taking photos of my friends having fun.
When I was trying to come up with a theme for my photo show, my friend Kellie suggested I call it OPTIMISM. I think she was onto something because when you pull back and look at my images as a whole, there’s just a fun-loving happiness to them. That’s what I’m most proud of.
- 8X10 prints for $25
- 11×14 prints for $40
- 16×20 for $70
- Website: cheyennearnold.com
- Email: email@example.com