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Meet Laurel Dailey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurel Dailey.

Laurel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Where I started and where I am today are really one and the same; I began taking pictures out of a curiosity in the world around me and it’s what drives me today. I am curious about people, places, things…all of it, really. I have a bundle of peonies sitting on my desk right now, and I’ve probably spent a cumulative ten minutes simply staring at these flowers, imagining how I might photograph them, merely enjoying their existence. I want to communicate the joy of life whenever I can, which is what has brought me to where I am today.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My favorite thing about photography is also the most challenging: I find in it an endless opportunity to learn and discover and grow. But with discovery and growth comes failure—and learning from my own mistakes, of which there are many. I suppose that means I’ve learned quite a lot, but it also means that there have been many obstacles along the way. At the end of the day, you can’t know everything. So as you pursue your craft, you’re going to make mistakes as you go along. It’s part of the process. Certainly not my favorite part—I’d be lying if I said there aren’t nights where I’m awake just…mulling over past failures. Some people count sheep, I count Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a photographer who specializes in portrait, landscape, and still life work. I bring to my work what any photographer does: my unique perspective and way of seeing the world. It’s a tremendously human activity, right? Seeing, interpreting, communicating. It’s such a privilege.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Curiosity. How might I see a person, place, or thing differently? How might I use my camera to communicate? Where might I explore? What would happen if the light were just so?

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