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Daily Inspiration: Meet Christine Deaton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Deaton.

Hi Christine, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My photography journey began 13 years ago. I purchased my first professional camera and spent countless hours teaching myself how to use its many features, as well as, learning how to edit digital photos with professional software. It was all in an effort to capture the milestones and day-to-day musings of my growing children. After five years of photographing as a hobby, I felt the call to share my joy with others.

I knew that to become a professional photographer I would need a deeper understanding of light, composition, posing and editing. To be the best possible photographer for my future clients I reached out to photographers I admired and asked to assist and intern for them. It was all in an effort to learn as much as possible. I also enrolled in several photography classes for shooting and editing, posing, and even business. The combination of classes and hands-on work with fellow photographers gave me an incredible base to begin my own photography business.

I spent the next 5 years learning from other professionals and building my brand. I edited professionally for several photographers internationally, assisted local photographers in photoshoots, and kept late nights curating my personal style of photography.

For the last 2 years, I’ve focused solely on Christine Deaton Creative. I love capturing love-soaked portraits for my clients. The images I capture are a preserving of your family’s rich love and rootedness with one another. In my lifestyle images, I love to embrace the in-between moments that are a part of life, and I’m always sure to capture the styled portrait images that are a classic favorite.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think the hardest part of my photography journey has been all about trusting myself. I’m a perfectionist and often found fault in my own work, even when my clients were thrilled with their portraits. It’s easy in a creative industry to compare your work to others, especially those whose work you admire. Comparing the sun to the moon will never bring joy. They are both beautiful in their own way. I’ve learned over time to focus on my own aesthetic- to be inspired by others, but to always make the final vision my own. This brings me the most joy in my work, and it’s something I remind myself regularly.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a natural-light lifestyle and portrait photographer specializing in capturing the unique connection and story of your relationships. My goal is to capture love-soaked moments with gorgeous desert light. I specialize in photography for couples, families, maternity, and newborn. My favorite part of photographing my clients is capturing emotion and movement. I’ll always be sure to photograph a classic pose- one where everyone is smiling and facing the camera. However, what I really want is to get you vulnerable in front of my camera, so that we can capture your connections- the moments where you aren’t all looking at me and smiling, but where you are loving each other and connecting.

How do you think about happiness?
The list of things that make me happy is long. My family is at the top. I’m deeply loyal and find so much joy in doing life with them- learning, growing, playing, and serving. Flexing my creative muscles has always brought me heaps of joy too! I do this through dance, sewing, baking, crafting, writing, digital art, and photography of course! For me, creativity begets happiness. An article from Huffington Post cited a recent New Zealand study which says that “engaging in creative activities contributes to an “upward spiral” of positive emotions, psychological well-being, and feelings of “flourishing” in life.” Yes please!

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Image Credits
All images are by Christine Deaton Creative.

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