Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Walker.
Aaron, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been creating ever since I was a child. Originally, I wanted to become a comic book artist, then it became wanting to be an illustrator, then concept artist. I even went to school with the intention of graduating and being an artist. When I have a goal, I put everything into it. Unfortunately, I took my passion for drawing and painting so far that I felt burned out. I had to take a creative break. But as most creatives are, my artistic itch began to manifest in other ways. I always took pictures on my iPhone. I constantly harassed my at the time girlfriend to take pictures with my iPhone. A year later, as an early Christmas gift, she bought me a DSLR. Since then, I’ve been pushing myself as much as I can to deepen my understanding of photography. Since my now wife bought my camera, I’ve ridden a creative wave. It’s opened many doors and allowed me to meet so many new people. It’s a passion I wouldn’t have known I could take so far. I’m excited for where my creative journey continues to take me!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Like most artists, my art has evolved over time. Initially, my photography was simply about taking pictures of the places I went and pictures of my pretty girlfriend. I wouldn’t necessarily say I am taking pictures that are very profound now, but my focus is more on bringing the personality of whoever I do portraits of to light. Something that is important to me is getting to know whoever I’m doing a photo shoot with. It helps me to capture a beautiful picture of who they truly are. Often times, the photos I like most are the ones that aren’t technically the best but are the most genuine. I’ve found that I sometimes get to too caught up in making a technically sound photo when, in reality, it goes back to the original reason I started. To capture beautiful moments and life. I want to make sure people can remember that.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Finances are huge to me. This actually why my full-time job is working in the financial industry. Thankfully, I am able to earn income from my job, so this has allowed me to do photography without the same financial pressure one would normally endure if it was my only income source, One of the best ways to grab a hold of finances is to budget. Find out where your money is going and where it’s coming in from. After that, you can identify which areas are the problem areas. I agree with cutting expenses, but not to the point where life is miserable. Sometimes, cutting that $50 a month expense just isn’t worth it. If you’ve budgeted and still feel stuck financially, then increasing your income is the other option. Maybe finding a part-time job, increasing your rates, adjusting your sales pitch, or trying a new marketing strategy can help bring in more money. I’m not a fan of money problems. As someone paying student loans still, it’s not fun. But small adjustments we make along the way to put away money will make future you a happy and less hungry artist. I suggest reading books on financial literacy and investing in financial education the most helpful. It’s the polar opposite of being artistic. Finances can be our biggest weakness when it should be our biggest strength. A lot of times, we are worth so much more than we value ourselves.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work through my Instagram @a1rwalk. I appreciate support through interactions with people. I’ve met many people through social media, so if you see a photo you like or an artist, you are inspired by, don’t hold back on sharing your appreciation. You never know where the conversation may lead you.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @a1rwalk and @Aaronwalkercreates