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Meet Lara Carter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lara Carter.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up, my mom was always taking pictures of me and my brother. Whether it was eating messy spaghetti or playing a sport and I just remember loving to look through all of them as I grew up. I lost my mom to cancer in 2012 and after going through so many pictures I realized that my whole life was there in front of me. It made me realize the power that a photo can have. Photos are memories for the people who were there and stories for those who weren’t. It was about that time I had my first son, and my husband bought me my first DSLR camera. I started teaching myself how to capture better images, using the light, and how to present my personal style in them. My family was always my guinea pigs, but soon I started taking pictures of family and friends. Then, in 2014, I decided to start my own business! From there, it just took off from word of mouth and I am SO thankful for all of my client’s trust in capturing their moments for them!

Please tell us about your art.
I specialize in natural light photography for families, children, and newborns. I love capturing moments and the various stages of life as they happen with laughs, tears, bumps, and bruises… all of it! So, as a mom, I want to save the memory of my kid’s little feet and hands, the many silly faces they make, the way they looked when they starting losing teeth, and how they looked up at me. As a photographer, I want to be able to do the same for other families!

I know life is full of chaos and in that you truly find the beauty. I want to capture a moment, a feeling, an experience! These moments aren’t always perfect, but that’s what makes them OURS, and nobody else’s. I want to have something I can look back on and remember, as well as show my kids when they are older… maybe embarrass them a little later on in life! My hope is that my clients can see their images and truly experience it like it was yesterday and love them because now they can save that look, that smile, that toothless grin forever.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the internet and social media has provided a great avenue for artists to share their work with the world. Unfortunately, it has also made it just as easy for ANYONE to share ANYTHING. This is a time where quantity can make it very hard to find quality and I think great work can be hidden and lost amongst the never-ending flow of social media content.

I think the more Houston, and other cities, can do to encourage people to get out and EXPERIENCE art, the better! Its magazines like Voyage Houston that help local art like mine be seen and I thank you for sharing mine!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my work through my website. Also, you can find me and keep up with my work through Facebook and Instagram pages. I would love for you to go check it out and like/follow if you want to see more! My favorite place to see my work, however, is in my clients’ homes, up on a wall, where they can see how beautiful they are!

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