Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Gentry.
Tiffany, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Photography was always something I loved, but never felt I had the opportunity to pursue. As a kid, I remember taking my 35mm Kodak point & shoot everywhere … always wanting to document memories. I could spend endless hours looking through photos of past adventures reminiscing over the “good old times”.
While my story may not be the norm when it comes to the entrepreneurial journey, at the age of 25, life gave me an opportunity & I ran with it. My (now) ex-husband was in a terrible accident which left him paralyzed. I had been working a corporate job, but after my family medical leave ran out, it became clear that I would need to stay at home to take care of him. I began to brainstorm possible careers that would provide me with the flexibility needed depending on his recovery progress. That was when I realized that this may be my opportunity to pursue my passion for photography. I was gifted my first DSLR (Canon Rebel) & that’s how my journey began.
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?
I am a fine art photographer specializing in weddings, lifestyle & boudoir. I love making real connections with my couples & focus on bringing out their personalities in my portraits. My goal is for my images to emote. When my clients look back at their images, I want them to instantly be transported back to the emotions they were experiencing right when that photo was taken.
I think my message & inspiration comes from life experience & the realization that your life can drastically change in the blink of an eye. So make the most of the opportunities you’re given & love generously.
Life is a journey made up of countless little moments … some monotonous & mundane, some epic & life changing. I’m a firm believer in documenting it all because it’s not only the highs but also the lows that shape us into the people we are today. These are the moments that form our stories.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
While success is something we all strive for, I think it looks very different for each of us. For me, success is a process. It’s about choosing to grow & challenge yourself. To live intentionally & to strive to make a positive impact on society, one life at a time. It’s not measured by public accolades or awards, but by who you are as a person.
I’ll leave you with a quote I heard at a photography workshop I attended several years ago which blew my mind. “Comparison is the thief of joy”. This resonated so strongly with me & I am constantly reminding myself of this truth. Yet I would take it a step further. I believe comparison is also the thief of inspiration & creativity. Trust yourself. Trust your process. Trust your talent. And that’s when you’ll find true success.
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?
My work can be primarily found on my website & Instagram:
I just recently launched my print shop, where you can find photographic wall art from my travels & experiences:
Print Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LookSeeBoutique
- Website: www.tiffanyjphoto.com
- Phone: 661.904.3109
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiffanyjphotography/
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LookSeeBoutique
Tiffany J Photography, Katrina Jayne Photography