Friday, October 2, 2015

Featured Artist | Tracy Botica Photography

Tell us about yourself and your business.

I am an aspiring professional photographer, wife to my best friend and mother to two wonderfully crazy boys. I also work at the local bakery part-time :)

I moved to Junee (near Wagga Wagga, NSW) a few months ago with my little family.....but we are looking at moving again before the end of the year to a small town in NSW called Henty- hopefully to our forever home this time!​

Who or what inspires your art?

I am inspired by so many different things to create.  Storytellers, painters, music, light and shapes, my boys, my dreams -haha the list doesn't end! 

What do you love most about photography?

The think I love most about photography is that the opportunities are endless.  There is so much to learn, so many different avenues to explore.  From capturing documentary style images to creating exactly the image you have envisioned in your own mind and creating a story. 

To describe my style in 2 words I find really hard because I feel like I'm forever evolving, but for now I would say emotive and natural. 

Tell us about your specialization or what subjects you prefer to shoot.

I prefer to shoot children as their expressions and emotions are just so genuine and I love the idea of seeing the world through a child's eyes. 

When my creativity is running low I force myself to just shoot....anything, and sometimes I find shooting other things like still life or landscape can reinvigorate me. 

In my camera bag at the moment is a Nikon D610, a 35mm 1.4 and an 85mm 1.8. 

A fun fact about me is that my best friend and I created a band called Yarn - we didn't practice very much but we had worked out our first film down to the finest detail and it would have been awesome lol!

If I could photograph anyone in the world it would be my Pa...he passed recently and I didn't get to spend much time with him over the last few years.  His mind wandered toward the end but I think his eyes would tell a story, and he definitely had a story to tell.

I definitely prefer natural light over artificial light. 

Photography has a pretty big impact on our family life because my husband also loves photography! My 4 year old is also starting to take an interest too so we spend most weekends going out on big drives in search of great images and locations and having a lot of fun along the way. 

My most important artistic tool besides my camera I think is just really studying the light and learning the best ways to use it in every situation. 

The most important lesson I've learned so far is that you need to learn to love light and not hide in the shade at every opportunity fearing it! (I must admit to doing this at the beginning!). 

Advice I would offer to other aspiring artists is to continue learning - study painters and other art forms, and present the images that YOU like, not what you believe others will like.  There are always trends but when everyone looks the same, no-one can stand out.


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