Two Teenage Girls Leaving Their Mark On Photography

Two Teenage Girls Leaving Their Mark On Photography


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I recently received submissions from Sarah Rose Smiley and Megan Breukelman. They are both 15-years-old and their work just blew me away! It just goes to show you that talent knows no age. I can only imagine where these two will be in ten years after they have more education and experience. Below you will find a short interview and showcase of each of their works. I was most impressed by Megan and Sarah’s confidence from our conversations. They know who they are, what they are capable of, and what they want. That’s why they succeed! We can all learn something from these girls. If you know of any other young artists feel free to share in the comments.

Megan Breukelman

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Why did you decide to become a photographer?

I’ve always loved art, I just didn’t know what form to express myself
in. I’ve tried many different kinds, but when I started taking photos,
just with a point-and-shoot, I loved it. I started to get more and
more involved in the art, and people started to like the photos I
took, so I created a business out of it. However, I do photography
more for the love of it than the business of it.

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What kind of camera do you use?

For the majority of my work, I used a Canon 20D. I recently upgraded
to a Canon 50D, and I will never look back!

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What inspires you artistically?

Music. Music is my biggest inspiration of all. I use it while planning
shoots to create a mood, to figure out ideas. It changes my moods and
my thoughts, depending on what I’m listening to.

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Do people doubt your abilities because of your age?

Oh, I’ve had comments like “You like photos? Oh that’s so cute. So
what do you want to do when you’re done with that?” like it’s a
passing phase. However, once people see my work, I’ve had some
incredible compliments. I believe art has nothing to do with age, and
I hear so much “Your work is great for just being a teenager!” and I
think, “What does that have to do with it?” It hasn’t stopped clients,
though.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I see myself freshly graduated from university, living
in a small, poorly-lit apartment and sorting out hundreds of photos.
I’ve got a box of day old take-out next to me and a cellphone to my
ear. And I’m happy.

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Sarah Rose Smiley

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Why did you decide to become a photographer?

I’ve always been an artistic thinker – I notice strange things in the world around me. I discovered photography as a way to capture the beauty I see everyday, and show it to the world.

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What kind of camera do you use?

I use a Nikon D60 and my dad’s old film lens, with no other lighting or equipment – I have to rely on the sun (:

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What inspires you artistically?

I’m inspired by the strangest things. I notice patterns in leaves, shimmers in lighting, etc. Anything and everything, would be my answer, I guess.

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Do people doubt your abilities because of your age?

I think people generally have preconceptions about youth – it’s up to me to break down those barriers. Once people get a look at me and my work, they realize I’m not what they think I am.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Happy, in college, with art and photography as an integral part of my life.

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