Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruby Rideout Photography.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I still remember the first moment I fell in love with photography. I was 8. I had just received a pink pocket-sized Kodak camera from my parents on Christmas. My parents told me I had 24 pictures available on that film roll so I took I tested a few images on the family and saved the rest for an upcoming 3rd-grade field trip to the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. I was sitting on the bus in anticipation of what kinds of exotic animals I would be able to capture. Not only did I have an incredible time capturing the animals that day, but I was now hooked. So much has evolved in the photography world and in myself since then!
Please tell us about your art.
I am one of four children, and our father passed away at the young age of 41. At that time, I was 15, and my siblings were all younger. Unfortunately, we never had a professional family portrait with my father while he was alive. I find this sad.
As a matter of fact, up until five years ago, we took our first real family portrait with my mother. I was 38! I asked a photographer friend last minute on Christmas Eve to capture this important portrait for us, and I’m grateful to her. Finally, large wall art hangs in each of our homes which we treasure. We wish our dad was in it.
Things shifted in my business this year. Digitals stay on hard drives. Hard drives crash. Out of sight, out of mind.
My message is this: there is no price on artwork. Money comes and goes. What I do is create value. I capture a priceless moment in your lifetime so that you and your family cherish this for generations.
I create quality and art from your photo session.
I am passionate about creating treasured artwork that literally brings joy and goosebumps to my clients every time they look at their portrait artwork on their walls.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
If it’s photography, that’s your passion, but you’re limited on funds, start small and learn first.
Save and invest in a digital SLR and a good lens. Start a gofundme for your birthday if you have to.
Please learn to shoot manual exposure vs. automatic to perfect your craft.
I can’t stress the importance of learning to create portraits in good lighting. Learn lighting. Attend classes. Intern with a professional. Attend workshops. Read. Practice.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have my artwork displayed on the walls inside a designer’s building in NE Phoenix. I have space at Inner Space Designs and Events @ 1000 E Lone Cactus Dr. Phoenix, AZ. Appointments only.
- Website: http://rubyrideout.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: ruby rideout_photography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubyrideout
- Other: Second Instagram: ruby rideout_weddings