Today we’d like to introduce you to Connie Ann Santos.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Connie Ann. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, my mom always had a camera in her hand taking photos and video of our family. This made it inevitable that it would rub off on me. It all started when I was going though low points in my life. The only way for me to express how I felt was through moments I captured. I used my phone at the time to take photos of things that just made me feel. I’d listen to music, and time would slow down for me. Those were the shots I would go after, and still do . I didn’t really get into the mechanics of photography until my husband bought me my first camera. It was a digital camera, Canon T3i to be exact. I would get so frustrated with figuring out lighting and what settings to use. At that point, I didn’t like my photos. My friend Preston, who is also a photographer, told me “ Don’t be afraid, just shoot and you‘ll find your eye.“. I still hear that in my head til this day. Through the years photography has been a light for me when I needed it. In 2018, losing my job shifted my focus from being comfortable financially, to accepting the opportunity to recreate my life. I put more of my energy into myself and realized the reprogramming I had to do. Life started aligning for me in a different way. My husband would perform at open mics like Soul Sessions and The Jam. There, I connected with other creatives. Capturing photos of performances made me see how special the Vegas artist community is. Perfecting the craft and exploring other photographers drove me to transforming my apartment into a home studio. It was a playground for me,I felt safe. I next fell in love with Black and White photography. Anytime I take photos of someone, I really want to get to know them. I enjoy the challenge to get someone to open up and talking through a photo session always brings a natural energy to capture. It’s empowering when people can really see their own divinity through photos. I have learned so much about myself through the reflections of others. I have been able to accomplish things I couldn’t imagine when working with them. For the first time multiple photos of mine have been published, which was a goal of mine. Life is filled with all these interesting experiences. It’s a constant desire of self exploration for me, to share wisdom and knowledge through my creativity.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has definitely been filled with bumps, cracks, and U-turns. I can think of so many times I’ve limited myself because of my own insecurity. It would get challenging when I would feel stuck in my creativity. I learned that taking time away from the craft is just as important. Experiencing life would always shift me into new inspirations.
Please tell us about your work.
I am a visual artist who specializes mainly in photography. I do some video work and have projects in the making. I’d say I’m mostly known for my Black and White portraits. I find so much beauty in capturing peoples energy in Black and White photos. The lighting and shadows really sculpts a person in a unique way.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I honestly don’t know what is in store for me next. I’ve been working on a photo book with two other friends of mine. Since the pandemic a lot of my focus has shifted about life. I’m constantly going through different versions of myself, that brings new perspectives. My hopes are to constantly create what is personal to me and be of service to others. Through those experiences I know I’ll figure out what is in alignment for me. I often vision my own exhibit and directing a film of my own, which will come when the time is right. Right now, I’m practicing patience and open to where ever I flow.
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The photo of me is by Mickey Jackson @CSMICKEY