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Meet Riley Starr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Riley Starr.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up I was always finding outlets to express my creativity. From finger painting to playing dress up and orchestrating fashion shows at the age of 4, to writing, illustrating and binding story books out of sparkly glue and ribbon, to spending all of my time in class sketching in notebooks rather than taking notes. Since day one I have known I am meant to pursue a life full of creativity.

My sophomore I bought my first Nikon camera. I knew absolutely nothing about photography and spent the next year teaching myself how to use my camera. I started my photography shooting portraits of friends, holiday family photos, events, and anything that sparked up my inspiration. Unfortunately, my high school did not encourage career paths in the arts. If you weren’t a 4.0 student, a varsity athlete or going to an Ivy League college, the school had nothing to offer you. I never dreamed I would be able to make a career in photography. I went to community college for two years before realizing that traditional school was not the right path for me.

August of 2017 is when I took a leap of faith and fully committed myself to build my photography business. I have spent every single day since then defining my style, finding ways to set myself apart from my competition, and proving to myself I can be successful doing what I love. My photography has grown into a career shooting weddings, marketing campaigns for brands, modeling portfolios, posts for bloggers and any other project that falls into my lap!

Please tell us about your art.
My photography is most known for bright and airy lighting and my love for blue and neutral tones. I shoot only with natural light and avoid high contrast, intense saturation, and over sharpening in my editing process. I am extremely OCD when it comes to post-production, which I don’t think is a bad thing at all. I will work on a set of images for hours until the lighting, color tones, textures and cropping is perfect. And I think that is really shown in my work. I like to keep the composition of my images clean and to focus the viewer’s attention on how the subject is interacting with the environment around them. My favorite locations to shoot are in venues with white interiors and tons of natural light, by the ocean, in the mountains and surrounded by miles of pristine desert landscape.

Whether I am shooting a wedding, engagement, portrait session or models for a brand campaign, I love getting to know all about the amazing individuals in front of my lens. To me, people are my biggest inspiration for my photography. I get goosebumps while the bride walks down the aisle and will without a doubt tear up during the vows. My heart melts every time I photograph a couple that are so madly in love they forget I’m even there. And nothing gets my creativity going like partnering up with a new company to produce content that will allow these badass business owners to promote their products and establish a lifestyle around their brand.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Being a full-time photographer and working from home can be very lonely. Some days I will have to spend hours in my house editing, updating my website and social media, or emailing with clients that I won’t actually see another human the entire day… I definitely try to keep those days to a bare minimum but sometimes I just have to lock myself in and get it done.

The best way I have been able to connect with so many other local photographers, bloggers, and artists is through reaching out to them on social media to collaborate on photo shoots or to just meet for coffee and chat business. I have also been able to meet so many cool, creative people by doing things totally unrelated to photography, like surfing and yoga.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be viewed on my website or my Instagram. I try my best to post to Instagram several times a week and update my website a few times a month with new galleries and blog posts.

People can support my work by following me on Instagram, booking me for any of their photography needs, or referring me to friends and family!

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