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Meet Harper Blankenship

Today we’d like to introduce you to Harper Blankenship.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Weirdly, my interest in wedding photography happened because of my first *failed* marriage.

I had never really had a professional photographer take photos of me until the day of that wedding, aside from school picture day and one time at one of those portrait studios at the mall (stiff posing, awkward faces, boring and overpriced). I was caught off guard by how much the photographer manipulated us to capture the portraits that she did, and a few weeks later when I actually got to see how beautiful they came out…I was in awe. I wanted her job, and I wanted to learn how to make it happen.

After I was blindsided with the abrupt end to that marriage 2 years later, I was faced with the urgent need to find a way to support myself and my baby girl. The desperation to figure it all out quickly, and the motivation that that urgency gave me was what I needed to push myself to put myself out there, study hard on how to get a small business off the ground and teach myself the art and science of photography. I started with families and children, and pretty soon I was asked to shoot my first wedding.

I’ve since remarried to the absolutely love of my life, we’ve added a sweet baby boy to our family, and I’ve grown my business to something I’m so proud of which allows me the flexibility to spend my days with my kids and do the majority of my work from home. I couldn’t ask for a better career and I know how lucky I am to have been able to make it work.

Please tell us about your art.
My work is bright, and natural, and here’s why:

In the beginning, I struggled to make a decision on which style I would ultimately stick with. I love dark and moody photography, photos that are trendy and have a lot of interesting post-editing, matte effects and cool manipulations of colors, but I always come back to the light and airy style.

The final decision really clicked with me when I realized how important it is to me for wedding photography to capture happiness, which I feel like the brightness does a great job with. In additional to the light exposures, I like to keep the colors as natural as possible because I want my client’s to be able to look back on their photos and be able to accurately remember the way everything really looked. I don’t want somebody 60 years from now to be showing their great grand-children photos of their wedding day and have to explain to them what the colors really looked like in real life.

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?
This is one of those questions that really shows my age… which is young. I am 26 and have been at this for 4 years so from my perspective nothing much has changed!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website, harperblankenship.photo, is the best way to flip through my portfolio, and see full samples of weddings that I have shot, but if you REALLY want to get a sense of who I am. I am very active on Instagram! (@harperblankenship.photo).

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Image Credit:
The photo of myself is by Jessica Chandler Photography.

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