We have Kelly Sutton from Horse & Feather Photography with us today and we literally couldn’t be more excited to share her talent with you all! The documentary style that is Horse & Feather has us swooning all over, we promise you will be in love with her!
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I am a Southern California native, raising my two young boys, along with my wonderfully supportive husband, in the same neighborhood I was raised. There’s something really special about watching them run around under the warm California sun, and majestic oak trees I also played under as a kid. When I’m not spying on my kids with my camera, you will most likely find me drinking coffee or eating ice cream, and listening to NPR.
In high school, I wanted to go to art school. At some point, during my Junior year, I let the fear of failure as an artist consume me, and I gave up drawing completely. I still don’t draw…well, I’ll doodle with my kids, but that’s not the same, obviously. After high school, I found my dad’s Vietnam Era AE-1 Canon, and his bag of lenses and decided to enroll in the my community college’s photography class. I was hooked. The peacefulness, the art, the intellectual challenge were exactly what my creative soul needed. I spent countless hours in the dark room, taking every photography class I could. At the same time, I discovered my passion for working with at-risk kids and decided on a career path as a teacher.
When I moved to San Francisco for graduate school, I knew I wouldn’t have access to a dark room, so I left my AE-1 behind, and put photography on hold. I shifted all my creative passion to my teaching. Honestly, I kinda forgot about photography.
Several years later for Christmas, my husband surprised me with my first digital camera. I would mostly play around in Auto. It wasn’t until my first son was born just over four years ago, that I really wanted to get back to creating art the way I did during my dark room days. I put myself through my own form of photography boot camp, to relearn everything I once knew, just shy of twenty years ago. The more I immerse myself in photography, the more I am humbled with the amount of knowledge I have yet to learn.
Stories. The authentic, honest, from the heart stories of real life. Whatever happens to unfold in front of me, while I have my camera in my hand, I document it….tears of frustration, smiles of happiness, the quirky kid moments, the “oh my goodness I can’t believe he just jumped off of that” moments, the lying in the sun moments, the falling in the puddle moments, the “we only made it half way to the top of the mountain” moments. No words necessary. The feelings, the movement, the exact split-second moment in a person’s history, captured in one frame.
I am inspired by capturing the chaos and beauty of our every day lives, the timelessness of childhood, the humor of life, and the true love of my family. In other photographers’ work, I’m most inspired by an independent artistic voice…the artists who push the boundaries of their art, and create imagery that can stand apart from the crowd.
Canon 5d Mark III & my beloved Sigma Art 35m 1.4
For photographers just starting out, be inspired by others, but don’t be afraid to be different. If anything, push develop your own artistic vision…be your authentic self. If you really want to make a jump in your work technically, shoot everyday. But most importantly, shoot from your heart.