Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Yakel.
Mia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Photography is my current focus, but drawing was my very first hobby. In preschool, my best friend and I made a store called “Art World” where we made drawings and tried to sell them to our parents! Since then I have never stopped trying to turn my artistic passions into a way of life!
I got a job and saved up for my first camera in high school. I immediately loved the medium and the balance between creativity and math. It had a sense of finality; it was documented, it was real. I loved recording the beautiful things I saw so that I could share them with the world. I wanted to be a documentary photographer for the longest time.
Once I started attending SCAD in 2011, I never stopped working. I was constantly doing internships while I was in school, and I learned so much on the job that I was able to start my business immediately after graduation. Since then, I have been having the best time making a living out of my true passions. It amazes me every day. People always tell you it isn’t possible, so every day I wake up thankful that it was possible for me.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I do all kinds of photography, but I market my business mostly for food photography. Any type of work that allows me to work with other creatives is the most fun for me because I get to make beautiful imagery of their work that will help grow their lives and passions as well. It is always a cool thing to be able to help each other. I do some fine art projects on the side as well, but those are more for me than anyone else. Which is how it should be.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think making a living out of being an artist has always had its ups and downs. One of the biggest challenges I see people face is not having a business background to balance out their artistic talents. I see a lot of artists with potential that don’t know how to find a job or market themselves. I think what cities like ours can do to help is to shop and support within the community! I see so many people buying art pieces at Target or Lenox for example when there are so many creatives making work right here in the city. I have seen such a push for this in recent years, and I hope it continues to grow, for artists and other entrepreneurs alike. Supporting each other is the only way to grow as a group.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have a website with portfolio work https://www.miayakel.com/ but you can follow me on Instagram @miayakelphoto to keep up with my current projects.
- Website: www.miayakel.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miayakelphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mia.yakel