Sunday, May 24, 2015

Featured Artist: Christy Elias l Art and Soul

Featured Artist: Christy Elias from Christy Elias | Art and Soul

Tell us about yourself-
I am Christy Elias, a mother of two truly amazing souls, first and foremost.  It is actually my love for them and wanting to both slow down the growing up process and wanting to make their dreams come true that led me to be the fine art photographer I am continually growing into now.

Growing up I always felt I had artistic "ability," but since even my stick figures looked demented I thought I was a lost cause.  Until 2 years ago when I picked up my camera wanting to capture the simple beauty around me.  However, it wasn't until a little over a year ago I even learned how to use my camera in manual mode, and 6 or 8 months ago before I started using Photoshop to edit my "visions."

With the two elements combined, my camera and editing, I absorbed every bit of material I could, and soon learned I could create my children's dreams for them, as well as capture their simple moments that Id always want to remember...

And that's how it took off.  I now spend most mornings either crawling around in the dew covered grass with my camera, or drinking the largest cup of coffee you'll ever see and creating "masterpieces" at my desk.  (Yes, I use the term masterpieces loosely..)

I am now, self defined, as a fine art photographer and unapologetic artist, doing what I love.

Where are you located?

I am located in a very small town in New York (state, not the city), by the Pennsylvania border.  I literally stand out my back door and have 50 acres of trees surrounding me.  Owls hooting put me to sleep at night, and birdies chirping wake me every morning.

Who or What Inspires your art?

Other than my children, and the ever-changing world around me, I am truly inspired every day by Brooke Shaden.  While making incredible pieces, she's also an amazing person, always trying to give back to others and do something to make the world a better place in any way she can.  I'd say more, but then I'd just go all geeky-fangirl on ya!

What do you love the most about photography?

I love knowing that as quickly as time passes, seasons change, and children grow older, I can truly freeze moments in time and be able to cherish them forever, both in pictures and the feelings I try to evoke with my personal visions.

I also love that it allows me to be the artist I'd always yearned to be, and share this with others.

Describe your style in two words.

Moody. Whimsical.

Tell us about your specification or what subjects you prefer to shoot-

I honestly prefer to shoot either nature or my children.  As an introvert shooting others, unfortunately, always makes me feel nervous and uncomfortable.  Just because I have a vision in my head doesn't mean others will understand, and my vision may not mesh with theirs.  As a creative soul,  it's just a lot of pressure for me.

What do you do to jolt your creativity when it's low?

I get back to simple things.  Take a walk.  Admire what's around me.  Visit and Art Museum.  Walk in the flower gardens.  Anything that brings me back to why I started this journey in the first place.

What's in your camera bag?

Nikon d700
Tamron 70-200 2.8
Nikon 50mm 1.4
Nikon 85mm 1.8
extra cards and batteries
pad and pen to jot ideas on

What are your Top 3 must haves when shooting?

First and foremost, a vision of what feelings I want to portray.  Even with simple things like Spring Buds or flowers, I aim to evoke a feeling.

Great Lighting.  I always try to shoot at sunrise and sunset.

Comfortable clothes.  Inevitably, I always end up crawling around in dirt, twigs, dead leaves, or snow banks.

Share a fun fact about yourself to the readers-

I love, love, love to cook/bake.  I am just as creative in the kitchen as I am behind the camera and photoshop.  We hardly ever eat take out, fast food, or processed foods because I enjoy the basics of making as much as possible homemade like it used to be.  It gives me peace to create amazing food.

If you could photograph anyone in the world who would it be?

Julia Roberts- That smile....amazing.

Natural light or artificial?

Always natural.  Which is why I can only shoot on days with some sort of good lighting.

What impact does photography have on your family life?

My family is extremely supportive.  Even when Im just a starving artist.  Plus, my children feel like they are sort of famous.  My photography helps me appreciate a lot more in our daily lives.

What is your most important artistic tool other than your camera?

Other than my heart and soul? (now you know where my Art and Soul tagline came from!)  Photoshop.

What is the most important lesson in photography you've learned?

Do what I love, unapologetically.  It is truly the only way to be happy in what I'm doing.  Some people will love me, some people will hate me, but I will always be of a kind.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Find what genre you love and pursue it full speed ahead.  Be passionate about it.  It will truly show in your work and people will gravitate toward you!! <3


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