We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Campbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree I took a corporate job to help get on my feet and pay off some student loans, I quickly realized that a job like that just wasn’t for me. I began working in the service industry and while doing so I focused on my goals as a creative and where I wanted to take my career. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was twelve when my parents gave me my first 35mm film camera. For some time I was unsure where I wanted to take my photography and what I wanted to say with it. As I began exploring all the avenues of photography from creative portraits to weddings I fell in love with seeing how happy people were when I delivered their portraits. Currently, I focus on fashion, branding, and couples photography. Through my work I aim to create images that focus on diversity and inclusion. Having a creative career is challenging but far more rewarding than any other job I have ever had.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The journey to becoming a full time creative was challenging but without some of those obstacles I would not be where I am today. It took a corporate job and many trial and errors to push me into a full time photography career. I’ve learned that the easiest road is not the most fulfilling but the hard road is ten times more rewarding. I am excited to build my business on working with people and companies that promote diversity and inclusion. It’s important to me that my work empowers women, and celebrates all kinds of couples.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Patio bars, locally owned restaurants, galleries, vintage shopping, and hill country views. I’m all about exploring the new places downtown but also taking a long drive into the country.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has been the main source of encouragement throughout my career, they have given me the foundation to pursue my dreams, to uplift me when I fail, and to celebrate my achievements. My college photography professor, Libby Rowe, gave me the fundamental lessons of photography but more importantly the knowledge of how to push my ideas and to create imagery that means something. I also want to give credit to the many photographers in my community that continue to give me support and the inspiration to create.