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Check out Ana Gaxiola

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Gaxiola.

Ana, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
When I look at photographs, it makes me relive the moment, and it brings back very vivid memories. When I had my children, I took a lot of pictures to make sure I captured every moment so that I could show them when they got older all the things they may no longer remember. Friends started asking me to take pictures at their important events, and that’s when I realized that taking pictures really brings me joy and I decided to start doing it professionally.

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?
I take maternity, live birth, newborn, children and family pictures. Live birth and newborn photos are my favorite ones. I think it is because the whole idea of brand new life being created in another human being amazes me. When I get to spend time with a newborn, it is funny how a 3-hour newborn session goes by so fast, I just enjoy the peace those little ones bring. Even though I have had to change my clothes a few times because newborns can be messy, it’s still the most amazing experience to capture the personality of those tiny people and preserve that memory for their families.

The stereotype 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?
Photography equipment can be really expensive. I try to research as much as I can to make sure that whatever camera or lens I purchase can grow with me. Also for the props I use, I am constantly looking for great props from non-traditional sources. You can find great props at second-hand stores or some photographers like to rotate props so they are willing to sell some of their props at very discounted prices.

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?
I currently don’t have any exhibits, but if you know of any galleries interested in exhibiting any of my work, please have them contact me.

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