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Meet Dawn Cotton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dawn Cotton.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Creative is who I’ve been my whole life. It’s second nature. I was first introduced to photography in junior high in the yearbook club. At that time I didn’t think anything of it, especially since my focus was on music. I had planned on being a music teacher pretty much my whole life, but in high school, that dream didn’t work out. It wasn’t until I got out of High school that I fell in love with photography. My first camera was a point and click Kodak. I only dabbled with taking pictures and learning Photoshop techniques, but the more I captured, the more I grew to love it, and realize I had a talent for it. From that moment I knew I wanted to be a photographer. I got my first DSLR camera for Christmas in 2012. From then on I haven’t put it down and started my own business at the age of 20. Every day I’m learning something new, and I make sure to never stop learning. I didn’t get here though by just learning what I know now. I’m where I’m at today because of my husband, family, and very supportive friends. I couldn’t have done all I do without their willingness to help, their love and support, and for always being my guinea pig for whatever sparks my inspiration. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s been worth it!

Please tell us about your art.
I primarily shoot Family, children, seniors, couples, maternity, and my husband and I team up for boudoir. When I first started dabbling, it was nature and landscape photo’s, but as I got to meet more people, move myself while starting a family, I realized capturing the raw moments of a child laughing or crying, or getting that stubborn husband to smile is what I needed to do. My favorite moments are the ones no one thinks to capture. Some are posed, but in between those moments, you get to see a child hug their mother because no one is looking, or your new fiance sneaks in a quick kiss on the cheek. Having photo’s of your family is so important, and my clients know how important it is to me to capture those moments for them because just for a moment in this chaotic life, time stood still and will be treasured forever. A mom or grandma can look back and show those moments to future generations.

Tickling, laughing, bear group hugs, this is what I live for in my sessions. How do I create those moments? Prompts. My clients walk away laughing from prompts I use and always have a great time.

My hope for my clients is to know that photography sessions – they don’t need to be stressful and they will never be stressful with me. They should be fun! Take a deep breath. Kids are going to be kids, siblings may not get along, husbands may always be stubborn, but we have fun, and it’s quite relaxing.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
There’s a couple of places to check us out to follow and like us as well!

Boudoir Instagram:
Boudoir Facebook Group:

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Dawn Cotton Photography

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