Today we’d like to introduce you to Claudia Gunhus.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember! We had a family friend growing up who was a portrait photographer, and I used to love following him around to see what he did, and I fell in love with it! I started taking photography classes in high school which grew my love for this hobby even more. But in college is when I took this hobby of mine and began to make it into a career! Now I am graduated and running my business full time and living the dream I have dreamed of since middle school! Over the years my passion has continued to grow through shooting nature, portraits, friends, and family, and now my favorite – weddings!
Please tell us about your art.
My photography is something I take very personally and put my whole being into creating images for couples that will last them a lifetime! I do my best to capture each couple/person in their element and to show who they are and their personality through my photos. I prefer to give people, and my couples prompt to help them loosen up and to be themselves rather than telling them how to pose and making them look unnatural and not like themselves. I want them to be as comfortable as possible and to enjoy themselves! That way they look back on the photos feeling like they see who they truly are and feeling like they are their best selves. I do this because I love getting to know new people and being able to really see who they are through my camera! This job allows me to connect with people I would never otherwise meet and even become friends with them! I guess the why behind what I do is that I am not super comfortable in front of the camera ( I obviously prefer to be behind it haha) so I want to do my best to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera and to capture them in their happiest moments! My artwork is heartfelt, creative, fun, adventurous, and priceless!
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Comparison, hands down. It is so easy to get sucked into the comparison game especially with social media these days. Social media can be used in a great way to spread your business and be inspired by other artists. But it can also turn on you pretty quickly when that inspiration turns into jealousy. I know I can get sucked into that pretty often so I try to take time away from social media when I can, and I try to make my interactions on social media more meaningful and have real engagement with others out there.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I most often update my work on my Instagram account at @claudianoellephoto, but full galleries and information can be found on my website at www.claudianoellephotography.com. The best way to support my work is to follow along on Instagram, and to spread the word about my business! I also just love to hear feedback from my followers and engage with them online that way!
- Website: www.claudianoellephotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @claudianoellephoto
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