Fear : Gut Check

Welcome to our second Artistry post.

This week is an introduction to the Artists of Who We Become. Yes, we said it, Artists. We even put a capital ‘A’ on it! Introducing ourselves as artists is pretty terrifying for most of us. It makes us vulnerable to put ourselves “out there” so boldly when we have so many questions and doubts inside. But this is the journey that we are ready to embark on and first steps can be tough.

We have spent the last few weeks exploring our fears and creating personal goals. Below, each Artist has prepared a short bio including our goals and dreams for this year’s project and perhaps beyond. We will revisit this exercise a few times over the year to see where we are and how our goals have evolved. A periodic gut check to keep us always moving forward, even if we are unclear of the ultimate destination.

Today we highlight 4 of our artists; Kennedy, Sarah, Lisa and Linda. We will have several posts this week in order to include us all.

Kennedy Tinsley


I grew up the daughter of a photographer….cameras and photographs have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  My dad taught me how to use my Grandads film camera…and he gifted me with his film cameras a few years ago…something I will cherish forever.  I have always been intrigued by the Art of Photography, I love to watch photographers tell a story through their lens…

This past year I had the opportunity to second shoot weddings…and have fallen in love with it–something I swore I would stay away from…but there is something so magical about capturing the love of a day!!

I don’t have a defined style or focus, this year for me, means defining my style (that I don’t have )both shooting and editing, allowing myself to take greater risks, and put myself ‘out there’ for everyone to see.








Sarah Davis

Sarah Roemer Davis

My love for photography began in high school with my film camera and a trusty polaroid that my mother, the consummate artist, taught me how to do polaroid transfers with, and continued all the way through my fine art graduate studies.  But it wasn’t until four years ago, after the birth of my first child, that I reconnected with my passion and started seriously learning the techniques of digital photography.  Living in New York City now for almost 18 years, I am constantly inspired by the city’s energy and capturing my family within it.  A close friend once described me as my family’s “Documenter of LOVE” which I think pretty accurately sums it up.

Besides my love for capturing my family – especially my two young boys – I also seek a fine art aspect to my craft.  My favorite images tend to be in black and white (although I do like to shoot in color) and usually include strong lines and patterns, interesting shadows, and some sort of intrigue.  Never one for overtly posed portraiture, I much prefer the dramatic and sometimes odd perspective.  I like being an anonymous shooter on the streets of New York as much as I like getting up close and personal with my family and friends.  My goal is not to just seek out decisive moments, but get better at spotting them – and nailing the shot. This year, with the support of this group, I hope to uncover new ways of capturing images that are eye-catching or heart stirring (hurray if it’s both!) that remain with someone long after they walk away.


Lisa Rigazio

Lisa Rigazio | week 2architect • photographer • mama • DC area transplant. That’s my quickie social media bio and good enough as a broad stroke description. Although I have added architectural photography to my professional skills, photography has been something I enjoy doing primarily for my own pleasure. I have delved deep into photography over the last few years, with the support of this wonderful group, and it has changed the way I see the world and express myself.

To date, the subjects of most of my work are my children and of found scenes. I love to capture images of people in relation to the space around them, but I would like to explore more conceptual work. I would like to begin to design, plan and execute photo shoots and perhaps work with models. I strive for a beautiful image with a vivid mood that tells an intriguing story and I would like to do that in a more deliberate way. I do have some specific goals that I have begun actively working towards this year including: having a photo used as a book or album cover, being published in a magazine, being selected for a juried show, and creating my own gallery show.


Linda Hooper

Linda Hooper

Describing myself is hard.  I work on the statistical methods and standards in my professional career. Exact numbers are important, ensuring no bias in the data is key, but in my photography the precision of shape and form are irrelevant and personal preferences are what determines every detail of the finished work. It is intriguing how our personal stories influence our work.

My words have been calm, serene, and peaceful. My body of work follows these words. Yet, what happens when descriptive words are no longer the guidance you need.  You reach for more. In this third year of Who we Become, I will reach, I will push, I will break through this comfort zone.


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