Since I’m hopping back in the blogging saddle this week, I needed to bring you a brand new creative talent for the latest Artist Spotlight feature :) I say “needed” because when you see how beautiful her work is, you’ll agree that you needed to be introduced to her brand of awesomeness lol.
This week I’m happy to introduce you guys to my good friend Sasha! She is one of my favorite photographers, such a sweet soul, and an absolutely beautiful friend. I just love how she captures light, greenery, and her favorite subjects- babies & bellies! So it was only fitting she be featured :)
So take a moment and enjoy Sasha’s beautiful words and imagery ♥
What is your name?
Where are you located?
Baton Rouge, Louisiana also servicing the New Orleans Metro area.
What do you do?
Essentially, I am a photographer. I take photos, capture images, etc. But I really do much more than that. By being a photographer I am able to allow people to see themselves in a timeless & special way by documenting them when they’re feeling their absolute best. Everyone deserves to be documented at their best, I’m grateful for the opportunity to do that.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been documenting people for about 6 years now, professionally for 3.
How did you become interested in photography and when did you know you wanted to make a career out of your passion?
When my son was little, he’d move so fast. Really fast. My poor point and shoot camera just couldn’t keep up. So I asked for a DSLR for Christmas, and that was that. I never intended for this to be my career. In fact, I had been working in mental health the past 6 years and was dead set on being a social worker. Guess some things are divine and unavoidable. :)
Who are some of your artistic influences?
Where to start? There are so many progressive artist out there. I am most empowered by artists working in the community. Those who take the time to document everyday people who make our communities what they are. Gus Bennett, from New Orleans is a perfect example. He created the New Orleans People project where ordinary and extra ordinary folks can come and be photographed and have a chance to tell their story. That is very inspiring to me.
What has been your favorite project that you’ve worked on so far?
Oh, I am so glad you asked! Currently, I am working on a project about individuals with Autism entitled “This is what Autism Looks Like.” It was inspired by my son, Gavin, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two. It will depict images of him (and possibly others) who are living and thriving with Autism everyday.
What other types of creative work do you do?
I have started crafting and taking on a lot of DIY projects, thanks to photography. I love making my own props where I can and giving old pieces of furniture their life back.
What inspires you?
Every single day I am inspired by the movements that are happening in this country. Movements towards marriage equality, equal pay for equal work, reproductive justice and the movement toward life and liberty that truly serves all. After all, if people can’t put food on the table they sure aren’t seeking out professional photography services.
What keeps you motivated?
Thinking about where I was one year ago and the progress I have made in just that short period of time. It’s empowering to see my growth and to have others acknowledge it as well. Also, other artists. I love seeing what new & creative things other people in the industry are doing. It keeps me going.
Any advice to fellow creatives (in your industry or otherwise)?
Never let a good sunset go to waste. :)
Any other fun tidbits we should know about you?
Something that is important to me is to remain as unpretentious and amenable as possible. I always want to be in touch with my community and document and display those who represent it as best I can. It is important for me to have people who look like me properly documented and well represented in media.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Sasha a little better! Please be sure to keep up with her on social media and if you’re in or around the Baton Rouge/NOLA area, please reach out to her for your portrait needs :)
‘Til next time,