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Check out Emily Sandifer’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Sandifer.

Emily, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Sure! I loved taking photos as a kid on my family’s ranch in Idaho with my mom’s 35mm film camera. I studied film and darkroom technique in high school and college. I also worked at a local boutique photography studio in college before starting my own business in 2005.

Once I moved to California in 2008, I was shooting fashion, editorial portraiture, and headshots. Because I am also an actor and filmmaker, I click really well with other actors and artists.

I shared a studio space in LA’s arts district for about 8 years. In Oct. 2016, I founded Casement Studio with fellow photographer Jean-Claude Vorgeack in the warehouse district. We rent the space out to productions and events.

I’m also a travel photographer and blogger and have been expanding this side of my business more during the past year or two.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have a few different aspects of my art. On the one hand, it’s mostly portraits of people whether they’re actors, professionals, or everyday people just wanting to remember a part of their lives through photos.

I think what sets me apart in this field, from what my clients have told me, is the ability to put people at ease, gain their trust, direct them into confidence, and make the shoot a fun experience. Most of the time, people tell me they hate being photographed because it’s too vulnerable or the last photographer treated them more like props than living, breathing human beings. I’d say my portraits are simple and clean-cut. It’s a lot of talking and shooting in the moment, even with actor headshots. For me, I can find someone’s little nuances better this way instead of just directing them to a fabulous angle. The experience is just as important as the final photographs.

Another side of my art is filmmaking. Most of my films don’t fit nicely into any particular genre, they’re always a little paranormal or strange. I wear too many hats most of the time, but that’s been fun. My better half, TJ Dalrymple, and I work really well together, so we want to continue writing quirky weird stories and get them better financed in the future.

And, my travel photography is yet another creative outlet. As much as I love photographing people, I love nothing more than being out in nature and miles away from any modern civilization. It’s so important to my sanity. I gravitate toward moody landscapes, which is why I fell in love with Scotland so much.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Everyone is an expert these days, so do your best to take everything anyone tells you with a grain of salt. Be the captain of your own ship and learn to trust your instincts (it’s a daily journey).

I love looking at other artists’ work but I think it’s important not to compare your own work too heavily. If you see something you love, be inspired by it, but figure out what about it speaks to you and see how you can incorporate it into your own work, as they say (aka don’t just copy everything you see because it’s “the trend”).

I’m a bit rebellious in my advice. It’s usually combined with a few loving curse words basically encouraging people to dig deep into what they love and not care what anyone else is doing. Sure, there’s certain expectations with any artistic job, so you have to make your clients happy, but most of the time why they’re hiring you is because they want you to do what you do best. Anytime a client tries to control my creativity too much, the results instantly suffer.

So, that’s advice, too, to the non-artist who hires the artist: Let them do their job.

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?
I have a bunch of links!

My portrait work:

Acting and filmmaking:

Etsy shop:

Casement Studio:

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Photo of Emily Sandifer taken by TJ Dalrymple.
All other photos by Emily Sandifer.

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