Today we’d like to introduce you to Allyson Huntsman.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised near Houston, Tx. I graduated in 2015 from the University of Houston with a BFA in Photography and Digital Media. I started gaining an interest in art when I was around 13. I was homeschooled all the way through grade school, and my curriculums did not include a lot of art projects. However, I enjoyed the freedom of time, daydreamed a lot, and enjoyed an unconventional lifestyle. Little did I know that this way of life would happily carry me through art school and into a full-time career as a freelance photographer.
I took my first photography class at the University of Houston in 2012. I introduced myself at the beginning of my first semester as someone earning a degree just to have one (and to finally study a subject I possibly do well in). My plans were to simply pursue wedding photography after graduation. But by my last semester of senior year, I had fallen into a huge appreciation and interest in the fine art world, exhibited work in various local galleries, and found it very bitter sweet that I wouldn’t be a university art student for much longer.
I moved forward from college very thankful for the extensive knowledge I acquired and the wonderful relationships I had built. I was motivated to continue a creative lifestyle and thinking conceptually not only through my art but in my freelance work as well. One of my favorite moments shortly after graduating was being awarded one of the five Special Distinction Awards at Lawndale Art Center’s Annual Big Show. This became a significant encouragement for me to continue making photography and art a priority.
Post college, I had the pleasure of interning at Anya Tish Gallery, and working behind the front desks of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Houston Center of Photography. These experiences were incredible and humbling. However, by August of 2017, I couldn’t express how excited I was to finally take the leap into pursuing photography as a full-time career. This new road has not been easy, but very exciting, rewarding, and truly a God-given gift.
I currently pursue product, marketing, and lifestyle photography. Projects have ranged from creative collaborations with local business to several marketing projects with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A recent project with MFAH entailed photographing the brand new Glassell School campus.
My fine art work is focused on environmental portraiture and altered landscapes. Along with my dslr, my iPhone and disposable film cameras allow me to adequately observe my surroundings on foot or through a car window. I believe I will always pursue photography and excited to see how my interests in travel, fashion, and connecting with people shapes my life ahead.
Please tell us about your art.
My fine art work is focused on environmental portraiture and altered landscapes. Along with my dslr, my iPhone and disposable film cameras allow me to adequately observe my surroundings on foot or through a car window. I am fascinated with photographing people inside their personal space. I love to put an emphasis on the detail and items that fill the space and how the person interacts within it. Observation is a huge part of creating images that speak. I am particularly attentive to nature that has been transformed or altered due to construction sites or natural environmental change. My desire is to capture plants and vegetation in the middle of change, during those moments it has between life and death.
I currently pursue commercial photography with an emphasis on product, marketing, and lifestyle. Projects have ranged from creative collaborations with local business to several marketing projects with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A recent project with MFAH entailed photographing the brand new Glassell School campus. I thoroughly enjoy working with businesses and the relationships that are built during the processes. Good customer service and communication have become so important to me as they are the gateway to successful projects and enjoyable, long-lasting professional relationships. Commercial photography has allowed me to think more creatively as each project is very unique, planned out thoroughly, and executed collaboratively.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Continue to keep your self-inspired. Attend art shows and creative events and meet ups where you can build relationships with other like minds. Don’t hesitate to share and talk about your work and creative pursuits!
For me, camera rental shops have been a huge help while I save for new gear or to utilize the most up to date products and equipment for an exceptional price. Photo Rental Source here in Houston has been a life saver! Keep utilizing the materials you have until more are obtainable! Sometimes less is definitely more.
- Website: allysonhuntsman.com
- Phone: 832-373-7854
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @allysonhuntsman.photographer
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Allyson-Huntsman-Photographer-111762592205935/
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