Today we’d like to introduce you to Clint Chastain.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am semi-retired from a long and successful career in small-animal veterinary medicine. Decades ago, I had developed an interest in photography, but the time demands of raising a family and attending to a 60-90 hour/week business, left me with little time for art.
As my clinical veterinary duties scaled back, I was able to devote more and more time to expanding my knowledge of the art and science of portrait photography. Today I am fortunate enough to be able to shoot as little or as often as I want. I mainly shoot portraiture and artistic portraiture for myself, and occasionally senior pictures, model tests and headshots for actors and others.
Please tell us about your art.
I am fortunate in that I no longer have to practice veterinary medicine seven days a week. I still love it – always will – but I find I get as much enjoyment these days out of photographic art exploration and by helping others in need of photos for whatever reason.
So, I mainly shoot portraiture and artistic portraiture for myself, and occasionally senior pictures, model tests and headshots for actors and others. I shoot for my own portfolio and my own enjoyment because I am a lifelong student and there is always some fascinating new trick or technique to learn and explore, in photography. I enjoy shooting senior pictures, model tests and headshots because nothing thrills me more than seeing other people grow and succeed, and knowing that I was a small part of that, through the photos I provided. Whether its a sick pet in need of treatment or a model in need of a fresh set of pictures, I give each situation 110%.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
For me, the greatest success occurs when the person or people in my photos like them, and when those same photos can be used to promote that persons further successes and advancements in life.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My most current work can be seen on Instagram at @photoniclife. If you like what you see there, send me a message and let’s set something up – either for fun or for more serious purposes.
- Website: https://cjcphotography.net/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @photoniclife
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clint.chastainDVM
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/photoniclife?lang=en