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Meet Rue Romani

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rue Romani.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
In 2013, I had started modeling for some local photographers in my small town a little south of Atlanta. One day, I picked up the camera and realized I had been on the wrong side of the lens the whole time! Everything about my life changed in that moment. I finally knew what I wanted to do with my life. But I didn’t even have a camera! Miraculously, a friend of mine gave me their Canon Rebel XTi to practice with. I had no idea what I was doing but it just felt RIGHT. I did everything I could to learn how to use it. I made connections with other photographers and asked them for tips and advice and eventually ended up with a great mentor and friend who taught me so much more than I could have learned on my own. I wanted to take photographs all over the world, but how was a girl like me with barely any money, no car or even a bike going to travel the world? Then, the idea hit me. I’ll just become a flight attendant! So that’s what I did! I traveled everywhere with my camera right there around my neck. I went on so many amazing adventures and documented them all! I’ve made so many connections with people all over the country and told so many stories all because of that camera.
Two years later, I fell in love with a man I met on a flight and that man turned into my boyfriend who I now live with in Los Angeles! I have since quit flight attending and am pursuing my dreams in the city where dreams come true. It’s all come full circle because now I’M the one shooting models. I am having the time of my life doing what I love and I am just so thankful for all that has happened to bring me to this point.

Please tell us about your art.
I make art out of People. Portraits, Weddings, Fashion and Photojournalism are the genres where I feel most at home. I guess it all boils down to capturing Beauty though. It’s the driving force behind my art. I have been through a lot of hardship in my life. A childhood and young adulthood full of mental and emotional abuse has shown me the ugly side of people. I know others have seen it too, that’s why I feel like it’s my mission to show that people can still be so beautiful! I won’t be soured by the Ugly, but instead be inspired by the Beauty in humanity.
I believe I can do that through my portraiture, fashion and wedding photography. I can make people focus on something lovely and fun and help them remember that that’s what life should be all about.
But I also realize that some things in this world are not lovely and fun. That’s where my passion for photojournalism comes into play. I have a gift of storytelling through images and I owe that power to those who need a voice. I am passionate about human rights and helping change people’s lives for the better. Our society CAN be ugly and tends to forget that we are all One. Photography is a language that we can all understand. One photo can change the way we see things and each other. I want my images to be the bridge that leads humanity to new love and understanding. Once we all see the Beauty in each other, the world will be a much kinder place.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I have had many emotional breakdowns out of frustration because I didn’t feel as successful as I dream to be. But I soon realized that I had a totally warped view of success! I thought it would just be some state of being that I eventually “enter” and that’s that. Wrong! That might be true for a Doctor or Politician but not for an Artist! Being an Artist is weird. It’s all about a never-ending string of tiny successes. The successes may get bigger and bigger as you add them to the string, but you can never, ever stop setting new goals or reaching for new milestones because if you do, you and your art will fizzle out. Each goal completed is a success. Each publishing is a success. Every new booking is a success. Each Like or Share is a success. Every “good job, keep it up!” is a success! You are doing something RIGHT because people are digging’ it and that’s all you need to keep your spirits up as an Artist. Instead of breaking down because I don’t feel like I have ENOUGH, now I celebrate with the greatest enthusiasm when something good happens for my art, even if it’s small because I’m loving what I’m doing in the moment and so are the people that are seeing it.
A good attitude and a never-ending desire to keep learning, creating and having fun is the key to being a successful Artist.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have been working hard making my website a fun place to view my work and get to know me a little through my blog. You can find all that good stuff at www.rueromani.com.

I am also on Instagram ( @rueromani ) and I have a Facebook page ( Rue Romani Photography. )
I’m working on making Pinterest up to date with my work as well so folks can save and share my photos and use them as ideas for their own shoots! (Rue Romani Photography) I would love for fans of my art to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest so they can keep up with all my work and what I’m up to! I have a feeling BIG thing are on their way!

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Image Credit:
Constance Atton, Kellie Cook, Melodie Casta, Lisa Bargman, David Black, Tammy Hanekamp Black, Natalie Gonzales Scott, Bobby Scott,

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1 Comment

  1. Jennifer Miller

    May 2, 2018 at 03:50

    So proud of you Rebecca my friend.

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