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Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Sheets.

Laura, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have been passionate about photography ever since I was young. It all started when I got my first camera when I was in middle school. I would always be outside taking pictures of my horses, flowers in the yard, birds, bugs, anything, and everything that had to do with nature. Over the years, I got better cameras, and my desire to capture unique and inspiring photos exponentially grew. I am a Colorado native and have been lucky to grow up in one of the most beautiful states where wildlife and incredible scenery is everywhere. It has allowed me to fine tune my photography skills while also fulfilling my desire to be outside on an adventure. Photography allows me to take a break from my bustling “9 to 5” in the city and step into a calmer, more meaningful mindset. Nature is my sanctuary, and my photography is all about showcasing how much my subject means to me!

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 love taking photos! I have probably taken over a million snaps, but very few make it to the final editing process. For me, I believe you can never take too many photos because practice helps you develop your artists’ eye. If a photo makes it to the editing process, I intend to make that photo into a statement. I love making photos that draw my audience into the moment, helping them experience it as my mind experienced it at the time. I love to use bold colors and natural lighting. My favorite time of day to take photos is during golden hour – right before dusk. You can see this in many of my photos on my social media channels.

My main goal with my photography is to open my audience’s eyes to the beauty of nature and how important each aspect of nature is to the whole of our world. I love capturing moments in time of unique animal behavior, incredible scenes, and the everyday moments that are out in the natural world. I have also been very passionate about teaching the principles of “leave no trace”, practicing conversation, and instilling education. My continued goal is to reach as many people as possible and make a positive impact on their understanding of nature and wildlife and how integral it is to our human lives.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Short answer, yes. Long answer, as I stated previously, I find it my duty to promote the importance of the natural world through the leave no trace principles, conservation efforts, and educating others. Artists bring so much inspiration to the world every day, and having that ability tells me that I should take responsibility to be the voice for nature and wildlife. If I can make a positive impact on at least one person, I know that is a success. However, my goal is to make that impact on as many people as I can. We all know the devastation human activities have on the world, and that things cannot continue as they are without consequence. I hope my photos encourage other humans to see the value of our wild animals and places and that a positive change starts on the individual level. Everyone can do something!

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?
Currently, my work is online on my website and Instagram pages. I am aspiring to have my work hanging in local shops/restaurants soon, and hopefully, a gallery in the not too distant future! Support comes in many forms, from likes, comments, and shares to purchase prints. All support is necessary and appreciated!

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