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Art & Life with Daley Kappenman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daley Kappenman.

Daley, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Photography has not always been my thing, at least not my main thing. Since I was big enough to walk, I have been dancing and in its own way dance gave me a strong awareness and appreciation for movement, light, and space. I spent most of my time in the ballet studio honing my craft, but through the years photography has always had a quiet presence in my life. It was a way to remember my friends as my family moved frequently with the military, a way to suspend the temporal nature of dance, and now it is the way I capture the thing I have come to value most — relationship.

I have witnessed and experienced, first hand, how beautifully life-changing true relationship can be. It is worth celebrating! I am inspired by how the relationship moves us, lights us up, and shapes our histories. The invisible magnetism of relationship manifests physically in the loose handhold of lovers, the squinty-eyed belly aching laugh of friends, and the shy way little ones cling to the hem of a parent. It is these real, relational moments that are my job and joy to capture!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My medium is photography. It feels like an extension of my own “support” personality. Photography creates an intersection where I can help others celebrate what and whom they love. Through light, composition, and a little luck I capture the transition of a moment as it becomes a memory. I aim to capture it as honestly as possible. Your relationships are beautiful, as they are. Your bustling family, your calm time-tested romance, your celebration of self-love. Each is unique and beautiful in its own right.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Keep at it! Even when it isn’t profitable, or you don’t feel that your gaining recognition. Enjoy the process none the less. Forget the finish product and lean into the learning, that is where you grow and find your true passion and inspiration.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find my work on Instagram @day_lilies or my website

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Daylilies Photography

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