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Check Out Abigail Case’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Case.

Hi Abigail, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I have always had an interest in photography. Around age 12 my mother started to let me play around with her canon rebel camera, that’s around the time I started my Instagram account.

I have played with photography since then, I’ve wanted to be a journalist for time or nation geographic. That all just seemed like a dream to me. During the covid outbreak, I got a tad more daring and decided to try to start a photography business.

Photography is something I’m passionate about and I love to be creative so I figured if I could make a living off of it now would be the time to try.

As of right now, I’m not 100% comfortable with calling what I do a business, it’s more something I just do when I can with whoever wants to allow me to photograph them. I started doing photography classes at Walter State Community College and making connections with local photographers.

I have met up with two photographers in Knoxville and had photoshoots with the same model. That was a total accident but the model is good friends with a lot of photographers and she has been able to help me connect with more. I am working on creating a client base and getting more models to help me spread my artwork.

I would love it if any of your readers reached out to me and told me about photoshoots they may have in mind. I’m always down to try to make the impossible a reality!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My parents have always supported me in everything I have chosen to do. They are cool like that. I have a hard time getting my name and work out into the world.

Other than my photography page on Instagram (@bea.causephotography) and now this article I haven’t found many places to show off my work. One of my mentors suggested I enter art shows in and around my area, I have looked into that but haven’t actually entered.

I struggle with doubt that my work is not as good as others and often times I will put myself down. Concerning this self-doubt has definitely been one of my biggest issues but I am working on being more confident in myself and my artwork.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I want my artwork to speak volumes and tell a story. My Instagram isn’t as artsy as I want it but I think that’s because I’ve been focusing on photographs that will make money instead of letting my creativity bloom. I am good at portraits, that is something that I am very proud of.

When I first started my portraits were very two-dimensional. Now they pop, and you can see exactly what my model is thinking and feeling. I am passionate about what I do, I have fun with it and I want the model to be in love with how they look. I want to make anybody who steps in front of my camera feel empowered and as if they can do whatever they want to.

I think what will set me apart from other photographers is that I want to empower people and create real change. I want my photography to create a feeling in the viewers, to make the viewers passionate about what they are looking a, and to make the viewers want to change as well.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
In the next five to 10 years, I want to either be a photojournalist who talks about what we need to do to change as a society to help both humanity and the environment or I want to be living a simple life as a photographer making enough to support my family and have a job that I love.

If I dedicated my heart to being a photojournalist I would need to change my major in college. I’m a phycology major and I am not sure what that would do to help my career as a photojournalist. I feel like I would have to major in English instead. I’m not sure where my life is heading.

I do know that I cant sit in an office doing a job that I hate. I need to be helping to make changes in our society and doing things that I am passionate about to feel like my life has had meaning.

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