Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelseigh Rose Millar.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have lived in Marietta my entire life, but have traveled to many places while maintaining this home-base. Growing up next to Noonday Creek shaped me as an environmentalist & receiving my first Kodak Easyshare in 2006 initiated my photographic journey.
Within a few years, I fell in love with this art form and began using a Nikon D80. For the next decade I used this camera in several countries & states – capturing the natural world as a way to preserve my memories. My talent grew in high school – where I was sure I wanted to be a photographer. I entered several competitions, winning a few of them, thus reinforcing my drive.
Inevitably, I took a 5 year detour -to investigate the realm of food, health, sustainability, and how they intermingle – at Kennesaw State University. There I earned my Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, gained the knowledge to move myself forward, and cultivated lasting relationships that no doubt, have shaped who I am today.
As a post-graduate, I am involved in several hustles: building my freelance photography business, care-taking, consignment, building a tiny house with my partner, and making as much time as possible for travel.
I am only 24 years into my life journey – if I’m lucky, I will have many more to experience and share. One day, I hope to integrate my unwavering environmentalism into my photographic & poetic work. Until then, the hustle is on!
Please tell us about your art.
I am more often than not, a photographer & poet. Though my other talents are not as practiced – they still exist: being a farm-fresh chef, painter, gardener, and natural home product maker. I’ll focus on the photography & poetry for now.
My message is simple: there is Beauty in All Things. Whether that be flowers, mountains, a smile, a pet, or a neatly cleaned room – I’m inspired by it all. But if I had to choose my #1 inspiration, it would certainly be Earth. She is perfectly imperfect, designed with balance & beauty.
I love to archive my visual & emotional experiences into something permanent, such as a photo or poem. As we know, the only thing constant is change – and having the capability to freeze her in the varying seasons gives me such a nostalgic feeling.
I want my work to prove to people that even weeds possess wisdom. That all expressions of life are worthy of our time & attention. Earth is eARTh – and photographing Her is the only form of worship I know. I hope that is conveyed in every image I capture & every poem I write.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I have always battled with self-esteem & perseverance issues. I used to believe that if I wasn’t good at something, there was no hope, and I should give up before I really began.
I wish I could have told my younger self that mediocracy is a stepping stone to mastery, and we all start somewhere. Very rarely are we experts at the things we are passionate about in the early stages of our discovery.
I would advise all artists – whether new or a veteran in your field – always believe in yourself, at any stage. Life is a journey, not a destination, and learning never ends. Even as I write this, I too have to remind myself this daily.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have several social media platforms & a website.
Chelseighrosephotos.com or @chelseighrosephotos on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Ello, and 500px.
If you were also interested in looking at my tiny home project – see tinyhomejourney.wordpress.com
People can support me by either hiring me for their life events or sharing my name with others that align with my values.
I am eager to find a way into conservationist photography – so anyone with insights, I would really appreciate you reaching out!
- Website: chelseighrosephotos.com
- Phone: 7708611862
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelseighrosephotos/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chelseighrosephotos/
- Other: https://tinyhomejourney.wordpress.com
My friend Lauren took the photo of me holding the instax. All other photos are taken by me.