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Meet Haley Sieben

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley Sieben.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was originally a fashion business + merchandising major, I lived and worked in the industry in London before moving back to the States, where I began my photography career but on the landscape and portrait side of things. I had zero intentions of ever doing wedding photography but loved admiring the great wedding artists of my generation from afar.

It was after I was convinced to assist a friend with weddings in the summer of 2016 that I truly fell in love with being a part of the wedding day as a whole, and not just as a guest. I started my own business focusing on wedding photography in the fall of 2017, after a decision period that led me to choose to not return to university and complete a degree. Rather, being someone who learns best through visual and baptism by fire, I made the choice to begin on my own–connecting with long-established professionals in the industry and learning under them by assisting, or through emailing back and forth.

Every day I continue to build and fine tuning my craft and learn how to be creative in business (the art comes naturally, the business savvy does not!).

Please tell us about your art.
I am a fine art wedding photographer, meaning I photograph in both digital and film (think back to sending in rolls of film to be developed before getting to see how they turn out). Having worked in the fashion industry prior, I have sustained an editorial approach to my work, and in the extremely fast-paced, changing world of fashion, a calm-headedness that translates to the wedding industry in a unique way. My biggest aim in my work is to reintroduce the art of slowing down, especially in the fast-paced world of weddings. I want to educate clients on bringing back the joy of tangible photographs in a world where everything is digital. Technology expands and develops at an extremely quick pace; the formats in which we view and share images (both in the social media context and in the professional world) are always changing. I truly believe one of the safest ways to keep and treasure such a precious piece of history is to have it printed tangibly. Of course, I incorporate digital as to make sure I never miss a moment. However, when shooting in film, every click of the shutter costs me money, therefore it really pushes me to pause and think about the overall composition, the settings, etc.. The slowing down allows me to take quality photographs, vs. quantity regardless if I’m using digital or film.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I see two sides of one coin when it comes to artists and support for the arts. On one side, I see amazing people really investing their time, talents, and funds to help further the arts and individual artists. On the other hand, having gone through a school system where there was always a greater focus and funding towards athletics, maths, and sciences, it’s disheartening to see that there is not a greater value placed on the arts. While there is certainly a specific kind of creativity that is used for careers focused in maths and sciences, there is always going to be something special about the visual arts and the people that pursue that.

There’s a deep vulnerability that comes from the visual arts, not to mention how they as a whole encourage and foster a new way of thinking and seeing the world in which we inhabit, there’s such an innate beauty that is attached to that. I would love to see more cities adopting a local support for their artists–for example, hiring local painters/graphic artists to design the interior of a boutique hotel, or in the culinary arts, collectives + food halls that bring multiple culinary businesses together under one roof. Outsourcing work and jobs to a corporation or nonlocal company, makes local artists that much more unrecognized and under-appreciated, in my opinion there is always a deeper connection when there is someone local involved on a project, it gives back to the community tenfold.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have my own website and consistently post + engage followers and clients on Instagram @byhaleyrose. The biggest way of supporting my work (other than getting married and trusting my eye and services) would be by word-of-mouth referral! That is HUGE in my line of work. I plan on opening an online print shop later this year, where non-wedding clients will be able to purchase fine art prints on archival + eco-friendly paper from my travels within my work and personal life.

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Portrait of me by: Bethany and Camera (@bethanyandcamera)

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