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Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny Raustadt.

Danny, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been photographing since I was a young boy. My favorite subjects were our animals and the scenery on my family’s small hobby farm near Minneapolis. My first “really good” color photograph was of our horse “Betty” with her young colt “Chanhassen.”

My talents in art and design have been a huge help in my photography. While in the Navy, I received an international award from 3M Company for the best scenic photo. It was a colorful sunset photo of sailboats in the mountainous harbor of Villefranche, France. I’ve continuously won awards from readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine for Best Real Estate and Interiors Photographer, Best Commercial Photographer, and Best Family and Portraits Photographer.

I photograph for various magazines and companies, large and small. I also shoot professional sports, NASCAR and IndyCar racing for magazines regularly. If you visit my website at, you’ll see I don’t specialize in just one or two areas. I find specializing to be drudgery and boring. So, to stay interested, I photograph everything… people, places, and products!

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As a creative, I cannot shoot the same types of things over and over, day after day. For me, this is factory assembly work. Instead, I enjoy the freedom and spontaneity of shooting a variety of things, which I hope shows up in my work.

It really isn’t about the camera or the lens. It’s about your eye. Do you have a “good eye” for composition and color? Two photographers can photograph the same subject at the same time with the same equipment and get entirely different results. It’s mostly about camera position and composition. Try moving around for different angles. I believe photographic talent is a gift. Some people naturally have it and some don’t. It can be developed, but first you must learn to recognize what is good and what isn’t. Then, work on achieving it.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Today it isn’t easy to be successful in the photography business. It seems everyone is a “photographer.” But, there are very few really good professionals who consistently put out excellent images under all types of conditions.

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?
You can see my work at There are many different types of galleries. Tell your friends!

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