Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanja Pearson.
Tanja, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story really began when I was 22 and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That year was the hardest year of my life, enduring months of chemo and radiation, and yet it was also a year of so many blessings. The experience of having cancer opened my eyes to the small, beautiful moments that I no longer take for granted. That is why I am so passionate about photography. Photography allows me to capture those moments. It has allowed me to really see people for all that they are, all their perfect flaws and uniqueness. After my oldest son was diagnosed with autism a few years back, I knew I needed something for myself. I was knee-deep in therapies, and I needed something to call my own. Something that I could do that allowed me to be creative and give me peace. I wanted to serve others but still be able to meet all of my family’s needs as a stay-at-home mom. I was already taking pictures for my friends and family at the time, and so I thought, heck, why not start investing in some classes and give it a shot… as a business?! With my husband by my side, four kiddos cheering me on and in-between laundry, busy school schedules, autism therapies, I began taking Amy & Jordan Demos online courses. I quickly made friends within the photography community, where they opened their hearts and have been more than willing to share their knowledge with me. It truly has been a wonderful experience. Starting a photography business has been a dream for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard, a lot of late nights and even some tears involved but all of it has been worth it. To see my clients’ faces light up when I show them the back of my camera. When they can see themselves the way I see them, it’s magical. It’s why I love portrait photography.
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 am a portrait photographer. I believe that people are good, interesting, beautiful, and deep down want to be seen, heard, and loved. We all yearn for connection and acceptance, and we all have a story. I want people to be seen. I want them to tell their story through my camera. I want them to know that they are enough. That the world needs them, their uniqueness, all of their flaws and imperfections. They are what make the world so damn beautiful. My job is to allow people to come to terms with that. Come to terms with the fact that they are enough and beauty is limitless. One of my favorite quotes is this… ” I sometimes have trouble with boxes and definitions. Allow yourself to be all that you are. A universe wrapped inside of the skin. Streams of complexity and color. A limitless mosaic flowing outward.” My goal in every session is to capture that complexity and beauty. I want my clients to walk away, feeling grateful to be themselves and recognize that their beauty doesn’t have to fit in a box.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I think for me, success is always changing. A couple of years ago, success meant being able to juggle school work with my kids, dating my husband, who works a night shift and staying up late taking online photography courses. This season of success looks different than a couple of years ago. I don’t measure my success based on “stuff” or “money.” It always comes down to my clients. Did I serve them well? Did I give my clients a great experience? Those are questions that I am always asking myself. In the end, it will always come down to my clients. I think it’s essential to be vulnerable and authentic. If you want to create something interesting, unique, and raw, then you have to be those things. You have to believe that you are apart of something special in order to create something special.
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 find my work on Instagram @mymodimages or visit my website at mymodimages.com
- Website: mymodimages.com
- Phone: 4807031311
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mymodimages/