Featured Artist: Becci Ravera Photography
♦ Tell us a little bit about you.
Hi! My name is Becci, I am a true Cali girl raised in the south but currently living and exploring Northern California with my 2 wild little boys and my best friend / Partner in crime. I am a family lifestyle and newborn photographer and educator who is obsessed with families drenched in golden sunsets, baby toes, and all things done with love.
♦ Are you following your passion?
I am absolutely following my passion and let me tell you, it is absolutely not lost on me that I am fortunate enough to pursue my passion every single day. It is an immense amount of hard work but I am so blessed to have unwavering love and support from my little village and its because of them that I am able to continue on this incredible journey
♦ What tools to do use to create? (Photos are lovely).
I am a Canon girl so you in my camera bag you will find my favorite girl, a Canon Mark IV and her little sister my Canon 6D. Almost every session is shot with my Sigma Art 35 1.4 and my Canon 24-70 2.8L. I love the sharpness and bokeh I can create with the 35 and I love the versatility that I get with my 24-70.
♦ When did you fall in love with your art? How long have been doing it?
I have been in love with photography since I was little. There is just something magical about a photograph. I remember being young and going to friends houses and spending a good 30 minutes just looking at all the family photos that were hung on their walls. Even if I barely knew the people in the photos I always loved the stories they seemed to tell. As mush as I loved photos I was never very good at taking them until my youngest son was born 4 years ago. Like many of us, I wanted to simply take better photos of my boys so I spent endless hours learning everything I could about photography. It quickly went from a hobby to an obsession. That obsession turned in a little business about 2.5 years ago.
♦ What sort of work do you specialize in?
I don’t think I specialize in 1 particular genre. Some people might think that is wrong, but I just enjoy taking photos of everything. If I had to pick a genre that I’m better at, I would say macro photography.
♦ Do you create personal work often?
I specialize in family and newborn photography. I have found that Fresh 48 sessions are one of the things I am known for and luckily they are some of my favorite sessions ever!
♦ What or who got you started in your creative medium?
I wish I could tell you that I create personal work more often than I really do but with the business being so busy lately I have found it a little more difficult to do that nowadays. In fact, I have even started a “100 Days of Summer Photo Challenge” this summer to help me stop and capture my family more often.
♦ Who are some of you favorite artists past or present?
I don’t really recall one person or thing that got me started in photography, I just knows its been something I have loved since before I can remember. Then when my youngest son was born it made me realize that I really should learn how to do it well enough to capture nice photos of my little tribe.
♦ What are some of favorite inspirational communities?
Oh man, asking me about my favorite artist is like asking me to pick my favorite child. There are so many that I adore and each one inspires me for different reasons. I will mention a few of my favorites because I think in this community it is so important for us to support each other but please know that for every name I mention here that are another 20 artists that I love just as much. My current swoon worthy faves are…
Jodi Lynn Buckles
Stephanie Tetreault (sweet beginnings photography by stephanie)
Meshea Shaffer (olive gray photography)
Supportive communities have become such a blessing on my artistic journey, I truly don’t know where I would be without them and the people who are a part of them. I think my favorites currently are Artistic Soul (of course) Unraveled Academy, Bloom Forum, M4H and Twyla
♦ Do create other types of art? What kind(s)?
Although I don’t write nearly as often as I did when I was younger, I have always been a fan of poetry. I love being that is forces a write to be creative with the way they choose their words to tell a specific story. This is probably why music is so incredibly powerful for me as well.
♦ How do you balance your personal/family and passion?
I wish I had some awesome and inspirational tips for you to balance running a business and spending enough time with my family but honestly this is something I still struggle with. Putting schedules in place with dedicated time for work and dedicated time to shut off and be present with my family has helped a ton but it doesn’t always work perfectly. Luckily, I have an overwhelmingly supportive husband who reminds me that its important that our children see the hard work and dedication it takes to run your own business and follow your dreams. He tells me all the time that not everyone is lucky enough to know their passion and be able to make money from it so I have to give 110% and that’s ok.
♦ From where do you draw your inspiration?
I like to think I draw inspiration from everywhere. Light is one of my favorite inspirations whether it is outside or inside I am always paying attention to light. One of the things that I love about light so much is that no matter how much I learn about it there is always something more to learn about how it moves, how it paints subjects, its colors. Light is everything in my art and I love that it consistently challenges me. I also love connection and emotion. During my sessions I just want the families that I photograph to be present with each other and enjoy being together. That honest connection that happens when you all people just be themselves, that’s what I live for during a session.
♦ What kind of workflow apps do use?
I have no idea where in the world I would be without the help of apps. Seriously, they are a business owners lifesaver nowadays. Currently, I use Dubsado for all of CRM (Client relationship Manager) needs. It makes organizing all of my clients and upcoming jobs so simple, I just love it! My second favorite is Canva. I make about 95% of all of my client marketing and branding pieces through them for FREE! Seriously, if you haven’t checked out Canva yet you are totally missing out. 😊
♦ What’s your favorite online communities?
My favorite online communities are pretty much the same as the creative communities that I mentioned above. These communities have been so incredible and helpful throughout this journey for me.
♦ What’s two art mediums you couldn’t live without?
I think the 2 art mediums that I could not live without would be photography and music. Something about each of these mediums that truly helps me feel alive.
♦ Do you work with any charities or special projects? Which ones?
I am currently a photographer with the Gold Hope Project which offers free family photo sessions to children who are fighters or survivors of Pediatric cancer. Its is an incredible organization that I am beyond proud to be a member of.
♦ If you could go back in time, what advice would give to your young artists
wanting to follow their passion?
One of the main things I would tell my younger artist self would be “Comparison is the thief of your joy. Don’t feel the need to be the best just be you. I know it sounds crazy know but I promise you that one day you will be appreciated for creating art that you love not art that you tried to emulate. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey of growth and learning without having to feel like you should already be at some imaginary level of success. It is all a beautiful process, enjoy the ride. “
♦ What tips would you give to our viewers in an inspirational rut?
Oh man, the dreaded creative rut. Every single creative has been in one, personally, I have been in more than I would like to mention. I actually like to consider myself a bit of an expert on ruts since I feel like I have had so many. When I feel one coming on I try to turn off the noise of social media because I know how gnarly the comparison game can be. Next, I take a few deep breaths and remind myself that every single time I have been in a rut before I have learned and grown so much. I tell myself to be excited for this rut because it means I am in the process of evolving as an artist and that’s a pretty incredible thing. Then I sit down and think about something I have been struggling with in my art recently and I dedicated some time to learn more about that particular thing. It is a helpful distraction and usually helps me feel inspired to try something new / different. I also try to pick up a good book to inspire me. Right now I am reading BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert. Lastly, I plan a creative shoot just for me. No clients, no pressure, just something fun that uses a new skill I recently learned or allows me just to go play freely with my camera. I always ALWAYS leave these sessions feeling renewed and inspired and there is nothing that kicks a rut right in the butt like a little inspiration.