Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristina Seal.
Cristina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve loved taking pictures for as long as I can remember, but really fell for it while taking a black & white film class in college. It wasn’t until after having my first daughter that I decided to pursue it seriously, so my husband gifted me a DSLR camera, I signed up for classes at RGV Photography Workshops and a couple of years later, I started my own photography business in McAllen, TX in the fall of 2015. I’ve been living and working in Houston for the past 18 months I have fallen in love with photography all over again in this new city of mine. It’s such a colorful place in so many ways.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is mostly centered around newborns, children and families with most of my heart in lifestyle/in-home newborn & family sessions, even documentary sessions. I absolutely LOVE the idea of families being in their own spaces and allowing me to capture the sweet, intimate moments; in the spaces they grow in, love in and spend most of their time in. I love real moments, candid moments, in-your-own-world moments and I love that I have the pleasure of preserving such fleeting stages for my clients.
My inspiration has always been my two girls. I learned quickly that the days go by way too fast and felt it was so important to document our precious time with them while they were still little: the new foods, the potty training, the sweet giggles, their crooked tooth smiles, the DIY haircuts, the sibling love and rivalry, ALL OF IT!
Stepping out into the sunshine with my camera is also a favorite of mine and I do it as often as I can with them.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I’m LOVING the art scene in Houston. There seems to be art of some sort around almost every corner in this beautiful city. From what I’ve witnessed in my community, artists definitely have an easier way of being seen and have a variety of platforms to showcase their work: creative work spaces for artists to rent, open calls for pieces to display in coffee shops and small boutique businesses, muralists when a new concrete wall is built, pop-up markets and fairs where a variety of talent can display and sell their work, social media groups/communities that target specific genres and like-minded people, even collaborations between different types of artists for one great, big idea…I think it’s all just so fantastic!
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a brand spankin’ new studio in the Heights area of Houston that is located inside the Summer Street Studios building and I welcome visitors by appointment only…there’s a chance I might have a new little one I’m working with. The owners often allow the tenants to showcase their work, in either private or group exhibitions, and I believe one is coming up in the next two or three months for our building.
Signing up for emails on my website, peeking in on my blog posts, keeping up with my Facebook (@sealphotos) and Instagram (@cristinasealphotography) pages is usually the best way to keep up with me and what I have going on. Go give ’em a like!
- Address: 2204 Summer St. #114
Houston, TX 77007
- Website: www.sealphotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/cristinasealphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/sealphotos
All photos: SealPhotography