We love asking the folks that inspire and excite us about what inspires and excites them.  Check out their responses below.

Theresa DiMenno | Photographer & Storyteller

I love the intimacy and connection I feel when photographing an individual, a landscape or close-up of a flower. The timing of elements aligning into a perfect photographic moment is a moving experience. At the essence of my passion and chosen career path of photography, the core of what inspires me the most is, quite simply, the light. Sunrise awakens the delicate crown of bluebonnets radiant in a chorus of shimmering golden light. Moments pass, shadows fall below wing petals in sway of a gentle breeze. Sunset afterglow settles across the mesa’s sagebrush as twilight lends the eventide its peaceful coolness. Light has color, tone, substance. Light inspires mood. Light inspires awe. Read more>>

Lenworth Johnson | Life Behind The Lens

I take my inspiration from art and life itself! I find it in small things in my everyday life been a collector of beautiful art I get inspire by other great artist and photographers, travel has also given me a different experience of life and different cultures. I believe that as an artist you need to get out and live a full life – that’s when inspiration to create hits you. Read more>>

Victoria and Aaliyah Johnson | Victoria Johnson/Skye Breese Photography and Aaliyah Johnson/Rolanda Comedy

I am inspired by the success of several other Photographers who I have had the opportunity to follow for the past several years. It has been the driving force for me to keep going with my own work. Aaliyah: I am inspired by other Native American (indigenous) comedians. Read more>>

Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S | Therapist, Educator, Author

My mission in life is to be radically genuine. Thus, I feel inspired around others who are able to achieve a level of existence in which they are comfortable in their own skin and respect others’ vulnerability. Reaching that state is sometimes a daily practice for me. It feels inspiring to help others on the same journey. Read more>>

Patty L. Jones | Professional Makeup artist

I’m Inspired by People who feel enthusiastic about their life, who convey good energy and are passionate about what they do! Read more>>

Corrin Arviso | Photographer

I am inspired by so many unseen memories that we tend to forget exist while being in our daily routine. As a Photographer there are many things that inspire me. It could be the way the sunlight reflects off a certain object in the morning, walking the dog and seeing something bright in a dark area, colors, breathtaking scenery, driving and thinking “dang that will be a great picture”, or just freezing a beautiful moment like children playing. It is having that ability to create beautiful images and sharing the beauty that I see through the lens of my camera to the world. Read more>>

Felix Preciado | Artist

Everything!!! Growing up in the hood of cloverleaf you would see graffiti everywhere which I see it as art. I like to pull different styles and mash them together to create one piece of art. One important piece of inspiration is watching my now five year old son randomly grab his pencils and his sketch book and start drawing. As you grow up you tend to lose the imagination you once had as a kid, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”-picasso. So just sitting there and watching straight raw talent inspires me. I like to ask questions and pick his brain to try and imagine what’s going on in that head of his. Read more>>

Anthony-Isaiah Cupid | Photographer

Honestly? I’m inspired by my ability to create. I constantly doubt myself, felling as though I don’t have what it takes to become a successful photographer, until I pick up my camera and do something better than I did the last time. Most of the time I don’t know if I have anything good until I come home, throw it on to my computer and edit it. That’s my favorite part though, getting to create something out of nothing. That’s what I’m inspired by. Read more>>

Diane Wilkes Tribitt | Author, Advocate, Educator, and Motivational Speaker

I am inspired by helping others. It really does my soul well to see how sharing my life journey can benefit someone else. I have witnessed the impact of making a difference. I’m inspired by helping others to see that by sharing their stories, they can help others too. Read more>>