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Christy Pelland creatively directs c.pelland photography and Sweet Betty Jean. She has been a photographer since the age of 7, when she received her first camera from her mother. From private art lessons to a bachelor of fine arts from Pacific Lutheran University, she always seeks out different ways to express her creativity and desire to connect with others.
Christy is passionate about her work: “I love what I do because it’s who I am—it’s wholeheartedly experiencing life’s most amazing moments, it’s looking for the beauty in every situation, and it’s loving, understanding, and connecting with people.”
Roxanne: When did you become interested in photography?
Christy: My whole life I’ve been obsessed with image making, from painting to photography—and combining everything I can get my hands on.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
I love a great story—the emotion, the highs and lows. Being a wedding photographer allows me to see the range of strong emotions that play out on that very important day. Always seeking the best in my subjects.
Why is photography important to you?
It tells the story of my life—images that spark memories that in turn tell stories. Whether I’m working for clients or following my lil’ girls around in our field—it’s my life documented frame by frame.
What motivates you?
I have always wanted to do things my way—found out at a young age that being told what to do wasn’t my strong point or anywhere on my radar. I decided to go it on my own and pursue what I was truly passionate about—connecting with people through my art and sparkling personality, hahaa. I knew that in the end it’s all about the relationships we have built and the impact we’ve made. I live my life and run my business in the same way.
What’s your favorite lens or other piece of photography gear?
I use my 70-200mm lens for just about everything—its clarity and range is just what I need and it’s a good workout to boot!
What advice would you give someone just starting out in photography?
Know that everyone is doing it—it’s the total buzz career of choice for folks out there so you better be prepared to work it and know how to set yourself apart.