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Meet Linette Gary

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linette Gary.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up we had a closet in our house where my mother kept our family photos. I remember skimming through my older sister and brother’s photo album and asking my mother, “Mom, where are my photos”?

There’s always three versions to a story: their side, your side, and the truth. My mother said I didn’t have an album because I ripped all of my baby photos. My theory, given that I was the third and youngest, was that my mother didn’t put the same effort into my photos as she did with my siblings. And the truth? Well, the truth was I didn’t have many memories to look back on.

When I was old enough to understand the concept of taking photos, my mother bought me a disposable camera. Anyone that knew me then would tell you that I was always obsessed with taking photos and getting them developed. It wasn’t until my nephew was born in 2005 where I really fell in love with the art of portraits. Till this day my family looks back on that photo that started it all.

Since then, my interest in photography grew. I attempted modeling in my late teens, took photography classes in college, and continued to make every effort to capture memories in my early adulthood. It wasn’t until after I got married in October 2014, when my husband bought me my first DSLR camera, where I decided to take photography more seriously.

With a degree in Communication and an eye for art, I was able to grow my hobby into a business and have built amazing relationships along the way. My goal is to provide my clients with beautiful photos they can put into albums and show their children when they grow up so they have something to look back on, unlike I did.

Please tell us about your art.
When you’re young, you think about all the cool superpowers you could have never realized that superpowers could be a possibility. I happen to believe my superpower entails being able to make a moment stand still. My artwork would be considered natural, memorable, and artistic. Anyone can pick up a camera and take a photo but not everyone can provide an experience. I focus on creating an experience from beginning to end so that when my clients look back on the photos, they can remember every detail of that memory.

It’s no secret being on the opposite end of the camera can be awkward, but with the right preparation and guidance, my clients know it’s worth investing in their memories with me.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I do believe the role of artists has changed over time. We live in such a digital world now, that I am afraid many won’t have memories to look back on. Sure there are platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (etc.) but who’s to say those platforms will still be available when the next generation grows up? Taking photos on your phones is a great resource for in the moment, but what happens with those photos if you lose your phone or technology invents a new type of the phone where your files can no longer be read?

I remember the feeling of not being able to look back on my photos as a baby, so I can’t stress enough not only the importance of investing in your memories but printing them out. Whether it’s family photos, photos of your children, photos of when you started your own business (etc.) prints guarantee a look into your past.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I recently relocated from Chicago to San Diego and along with that change also came to a rebrand. I’ve built so many relationships with my clients back home that I made it a point to train and mentor an amazing photographer who has officially joined our team under our new brand Gary Creative. We are so excited to continue capturing memories in Chicago while expanding our services to Southern California.

Most of our work can be seen on Facebook or Instagram. We are also working on our new website scheduled to launch at the end of this summer. More of our work can also be seen on our former website.

Everyone is welcome to like or follow us on any social media platform to stay in the know regarding the expansion of our new brand. Whether you book or not, your support is always appreciated!

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