Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Housinger.
Brooke, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started photography right out of high school, about 6 years ago; and I haven’t been able to put my camera down since! I started photographing anybody who would let me. If you needed headshots, I was your girl. If you were getting married, I was your girl. If you wanted photos of your dog, I was your girl! You get the picture… 3 years ago, I really felt my heart being tugged towards photographing high school seniors. 3 years in, and I love my high school seniors, I finally feel that I am where I’m supposed to be as an artist.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
High school seniors are in such a crucial time in their life. In a world that tells them: they are not enough, they aren’t worth anything, they aren’t as good looking as the next; I wanted to be the light in their world to make them feel like they are enough, that they are worth it, and that they are perfect just the way they were made! This has become my business mission, the drive behind what I do, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think we live in a world where everyone wants to be an artist! Though this is amazing, and I strive to always help any up and coming photographers that I come in contact with; our world is saturated with people who aren’t fully being themselves, in their art! I learned fairly quickly in photography that I couldn’t be a jack of all trades. When I was trying to be a jack of all trades, I wasn’t doing myself a favor, my clients weren’t getting the best from me, and I wasn’t being a true artist! When you are being true to yourself, and specializing in what you’re really good at, I feel that’s when your art really becomes art. You thrive, and begin to love what you’re doing, fully.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my work on my website http://www.brookeshalaephotography.com or follow me on Instagram @brookeshalae
- Website: http://www.brookeshalaephotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brookeshalae/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrookeShalaePhotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/brookeshalae
Brooke Shalae Photography