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Art & Life with Zo’e Cole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zo’e Cole.

Zo’e, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My journey with photography started at the beach, shooting surf in my hometown, San Clemente, CA. I then moved on to dabble in portraits and retouching, while doing family shoots here and there. I truly found my niche when I started shooting maternity and newborn. There’s just something so beautiful and powerful about a woman carrying new life and nourishing new life.

I’m so inspired by mothers and their unwavering strength, vulnerability, and unconditional love. I have always been a family-oriented person, so it would make sense I would be drawn to telling family stories–each one different. I like to think I make every woman feel like their most beautiful self in their authentic skin–whether they are pregnant or not. And being close to the beach, I love to be near the salt and sand whenever I can.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I hope the people I shoot feel the love I absorb in their “everyday moments.” I hope the fathers I shoot feel the fun and rock-like sturdiness they provide–literally as their children are climbing them like trees. I hope the mothers I shoot feel valued, radiant, strong and beautiful. I hope these moments are more than photos, but memories that will be stories to tell to children and grandchildren.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Yes! and I know that feeling–especially because it feels like everyone is competing. Know that you have the capacity to be kind, open, and loving. If you put that energy out, you’ll be surprised the goodness you receive. If you wish to connect with other artists, there are so many collectives on Instagram you can apply for.

Even if you’re not in a club or group, you can always authentically message another artist and tell them how much you love and admire their work. I know it always makes my day when someone uses social media to connect in a meaningful way.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Currently, my work can be viewed on my website or on Instagram. I would love to do a body of work exhibit solely on mothers in the next few years.

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Image Credit:
Ricky Ricardo – @ricc.photo

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