Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Griffin.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Every mother’s story is unique – just like every pregnancy and every birth and every family is special and unlike any other. I am a mother of four, and in that I have a whole compendium’s worth of unique stories.
As an artist… maybe not so unique. I find my own artistic story pretty ordinary – a mother with a good eye and patient work ethic self-taught herself to make beautiful pictures and run a business – there are a lot of moms turned photographers out there. Perhaps something unique about me from other artists is that it took me a while to even recognize that what I was making was actually art.
For me, it’s always been about serving mothers and families well by capturing them authentically and beautifully in whatever season they are in. It wasn’t about art to me, it was just about making parents thrilled with how I captured their kids. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I actually said the words out loud: “I am an artist” after a creative workshop. This changed how I make images and how I see the world and people in it. I’m not sure how unique that is, but next to loving on families and hanging out with awesome kiddos, I do love being an “artist” too now that I’ve called it what it is! I think pushing myself artistically has grown me as a photographer immensely and this boosts my confidence when I’m shooting so that I can focus on the fun stuff – like making kiddos giggle or catching a newborn’s yawn.
Please tell us about your art.
All children are wonderful, and all people are interesting. These two fundamental truths are the narrative and my heart behind every story that I tell with my pictures. I hope anyone who has ever worked with me or seen an assortment of my images could determine that I am truly delighted by children in all ages and phases, with all personalities and quirks.
So, I make most of my art in the form of photographs of families, because I want a mother to have something to look at for years to come. Something that will make her remember and appreciate a season of life in a way that maybe she couldn’t have even recognized when she was in the midst of it. I believe that photographs are important – and it is an honor that my clients trust me with making theirs.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Artists shine when they can nurture their creativity and grow their skills and pour themselves into their work.
An artist can only thrive like this if they have breathing room to do the work that speaks to them, AND financial stability from clients or patrons who truly value what they do.
As someone who also teaches and mentors other portrait photographers in running their businesses, I can say confidently that is it an uphill climb for a creative person to start a legitimate business and be reasonably profitable as a family and portrait photographer in Phoenix. The photography community here is full of incredible, and talented individuals who are supportive of one another, and amazing –– but as a whole, the Phoenix talent pool is brimming, and the average price-point for family photography is simply too low to support a sustainable and profitable business model for many family photographers to earn a living wage without venturing into weddings or commercial work.
My heart is for family photography and always will be, and I love being a cheerleader for other portrait photographers who really want to make a go of it. The best thing that someone in Arizona can do to support the portrait photography community is to put value in your family sessions and be willing to invest in somebody – whoever it is – whose work blows you away and is the perfect photographer for your family.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The art that I create for my clients is custom and displayed mainly in their homes in the form of my signature books or wall art, but I do share quite a bit on Instagram for anyone who’d like to follow along with me! Supporting my work can be as small as “liking” a few social media posts, to purchasing a nature print from my print shop, or booking a session with me or referring someone my way who would love the Julie Griffin Photography experience.
- Address: Gilbert, Arizona
- Website: juliegriffinphotography.com
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- Instagram: juliegriffinphotographyaz
Julie Griffin Photography