Photo: Courtesy Michelle Waters

Photo: Courtesy Michelle Waters

Photo Artist

"I teach art classes, too. I love photo image transfer, mixed media and documentary work."

WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: "For love, I'm also a photo artist. I collect records, and love seeing and hearing live music. I love driving and reading and journaling and Pilates. I love serving dinner at homeless shelters and teaching art to people in my community. I love keeping my daughter's (and my) free spirit(s) alive. I love new food: cooking and eating. I love sitting around a fire and laughing. I love honesty."

HER STYLE + BEAUTY: "I could change my hair color every day. I love jeans and bare feet. I have a weakness for clothes with pictures on them."

HER 2015 GOAL: "My goal for 2015 is to get my fine art featured in a gallery outside of the Mid-Ohio Valley. I'm submitting to five new shows and competitions."

A LADY SHE ADMIRES: "I admire my friend Andi, for being one of the most honest communicators I've ever met."

 


NOMINATED BY: Abby Wright

WHY SHE'S A LADY GUN:  "Michelle was our wedding photographer. She is able to capture the essence of such an amazing moment like a wedding, the innocence of a child, and the purity of a landscape. She is so artsy and creative. I love seeing her think, because you always know she has been designing an amazing plan for a photo. Love her."


HER REACTION TO HER LADY GUNS NOMINATION: "I don't get nominated for things. But I saw Abby's name, so I kept reading. Then I just kept saying 'Aww, how cool.'"

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

ON PHOTOGRAPHY: "I'm the first in my family to go to college. I was always told in school that I was selling out as an artist if I became a wedding photographer, but I went in that direction, anyway. I'd like to think I still get to explore my love of connection, storytelling and creating fresh imagery when I photograph weddings. I always try to only accept commissions that really light me on fire with happy. I've always tried to stay ahead of the curve in my photo business, even when I took time off to have a little one and focus more on the fine art side of things. When I came back to wedding and portrait work, I incorporated my love of image transfer techniques and documentary work I'd been studying while on break. I had to face my fears of being a 'starving artist' when I took time to solely focus on creating art that I needed to get out (whether it sold or not). I came out feeling empowered, because I not only survived, but ended up having everything I needed along the way. Commissions came through at the best times. [When] I'd want to learn a subject or process, the teacher [I needed to help me learn it] would almost fall into my lap. It really was a magical time."

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

HER ADVICE: "If you really believe in what you're doing, never, ever, ever give up. Ever."

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters

Photo: Michelle Waters