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Art & Life with Christina Storto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Storto.

Christina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am a West Michigan native, wife, mother, photo-enthusiast, and writer-wannabe. I will tell you that I am a photo shoot addict determined to help other women feel sexy and beautiful through fine art boudoir photography.

One might consider me as a do as I say not as I do kind of gal. Maybe someday that statement may change, but we are all always a work in progress. Am I right? Honestly, I am much like most women – trying to find my place among the day to day pressures of filling so many different roles and meeting others expectations. Photography has been a place of healing for me and I’ve always hoped to share that with others.

Photographing women and dedicating myself and my craft to the art of boudoir happened organically. The moment I realized my photography had the potential to be truly life-changing for others, I made it my mission to use my “artistic super-power” to empower women – by creating the sexiest and most captivating portraits of themselves they’ve ever seen.

OK, so a few things happened here and there and in between, but I know simple is sexy and for the sake of keeping things short and sweet let’s just say, Viola! The Bella Jade Collection Portrait Studio for Women was born.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Bringing fine art boudoir photography to Gilbert is more than just an entrepreneurial endeavor or some crazy dream that evolved into my reality, it is a passion for me. What I do is more than just photographs, it is the art of experience – from dream boards, wardrobe styling, hair, and makeup pampering, expert posing, photo shoot coaching, beauty retouching, to chasing the light relentlessly – all of this is what makes my work extraordinary.

Feeling sexy is powerful and you can see that power at work in my images and in the memories of the women I photograph, It elevates your soul. It makes it OK to embrace all the quirks that make you, you – it reminds you that you are worthy of being loved and adored. Every woman can appreciate that. Every woman deserves that.

For me, it’s all about crafting genuine artistic imagery. When I photograph women, I imagine what would make her feel confident, sexy, beautiful, empowered – and I capture that. I want the women I photograph to walk away with artwork that inspires them to fall back in love with themselves each and every time they look back on their images.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice to other artists would be to never forget why you started. Being an artist can be lonely at times and not everyone is going to “get it.” If they don’t, chances are it is not for them. Remind yourself of your why each day, remain authentic, and always have a desire inspire and be inspired.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
These days, my work can be found on my website, private Facebook group, on Instagram, and in the comfort and care of my client’s homes. You can show your support for my work by sharing my story, following my journey, and accepting my invitation to exist in photographs.

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Image Credit:
Jean Laninga Portraits, Jamie Longoria The Stylist, Venessa Lopez Deep Wild, Madelyn Stewart, Elizabeth Shepard, Jessica Summers, Rehanna Loncar, Venessa Thomas, Erin Garcia, Amanda De Leon, Alexia Garcia, Ashley Sykora, Shina Summers, Maggie Collins, Roxana Rodriguez, Editra Walker, Alexis Walker

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