I’m excited to share with you all the lovely Chelsea of Chelsea Cronkrite, Photographer! Be prepared to fall in love. If you are not following her, you need too! Her work is raw & will leave you coming back for more each and every time! A favorite quote of hers that couldn’t be more true of her own work…
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-
things I had no words for.” ~Georgia O’keefe
Can you tell us a little about yourself..
Well – my name is Chelsea Cronkrite from Chelsea Cronkrite, Photographer and @birdandbear_photography from Instagram. I live with my family in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Western part of North Carolina – just outside of the Asheville area. I am the mother to 2 forest faeries and the wife to a man who stole my heart almost 10 years ago on the 4th of July. We have a growing farm, full of chickens, ducks, and rabbits along with being puppy parents to the 2 best pitbulls on the planet.
I am a fan of photojournalism and documentary photography as well as quickly finding a passion for lifestyle. I have a never ending craving pit in my stomach for peanut M+M’s, mint chocolate chip ice-cream, baked beans, perrier that comes in a can and overloads of coffee.
Share with us how your photography journey began and where you see yourself in the next few years.
My journey began just over 4 years ago when I first found Instagram. Since I have had a cellphone that had a camera I was taking pictures when I would then download them and try my hardest to edit them on photoshop. I joined a digital photography class my freshman year of high school and continued to learn some photoshop skills. 2 years ago, I finally purchased my first DSLR and began my professional photography journey trip!
Are you working on any personal projects if so can you tell us a bit about them.
Personal goals and projects for the year include trying to shoot more family photos, form some sort of mini session before the end of the year with another photographer that’s local to my area, make sure to document the holidays indoors and out, and save up enough money for a new camera body.
What has been your biggest challenge thus far in your journey and how did you work through it?
I guess the hardest challenge I’ve had to face since the beginning was trying to understand judgement from others as being a good thing and understanding that we all do it and that all artists are people and have insecurities and faults just the same as every other person. It’s a hard and continual challenge that every person faces and when it comes to something you feel passionate about, sometimes it’s the hardest challenge you face. Judgement definitely is it, but in the same sense – I am truly thankful for it, because with out judgement my work would still be well.. stuck in the gutters of 2006.
Tell us about your dream shoot?
+ My dream shoot is with my Nikon [ that isn’t broken, after I get it back in a few weeks.. hopefully.. 😦 ] with my tripod – on top of a mountain at sunset, someplace here where we live with overgrown grass with my family… or just a general goofy group shoot of us and our entire farm life, still on the search for a pair of overalls that fit the girls!
Is there a type or style of photography that you haven’t tried yet but would like to venture into one day?
I’m trying to do something new things this year, outdoor boudoir is one of them along with documentary sessions for kids. I truly hope this holiday season brings in more takers to the idea of me coming into their homes for the day in order for them to have memories to keep for lifetimes to come.
What is top of your photography wish list?
Eeep… to teach people about documentary work and how to do it for themselves and their families.
What’s in your camera bag?!
+ I own 2 small DSLR cameras –
Canon T3 // 10-18mm / 18-55mm / 50mm / 75-350mm
Nikon D5300 // 35mm / 18-55mm / 50mm / 80-200mm
What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow. (Photoshop? Lightroom? Actions, presets?)
I’ve used Photoshop since I’ve started my editing journey but once I started dabbling into social media and it’s amazing set of groups, I realized there’s a lot of people that use Lightroom – so recently I’ve just tried using LR as well as PS to test out what I want to from now on!
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures and improve your own work?
I watch a lot of videos and am not afraid to ask questions to anyone! No shame in trying to learn more.
Among your images, do you have a favorite? Why? (Please show us)
I have some other favorite images no doubt, but this is definitely one of the first images that comes to mind whenever I am asked of which is my favorite. This image is of my girls & I during one of the biggest snow days of the year. Our deck may not show it wel,l but there was a total of 15” at our house left that same night! We are already looking forward to more snow days bundled up together in front of the fire place and outside play in the yard with mugs of hot cocoa.
Whose work has influenced you most? Who do you regularly stalk? (Please link us up!)
Oh there’s so many! I wish I had a perfect answer for this question that included everyone easily.. I love artists that naturally support others as well as show perfect, genuine support for their families through their beautiful images.
People I regularly stalk would be:
Anita Cline – My Three Sons Images
Angie Manns – 2B Seen Photography
April Burns – April Burns Photography
Billie Leatham – Billie Mae Photography
Carrie Hall – Carrie Hall Photography
Christine Singleton – LADY AND THE LENS PHOTOGRAPHY
Cyndi Greenwalt – My Paper Hearts Photography
Danielle Navratil – Danielle Navratil Photography
Danielle Stevens – Danielle Stevens Photography
Erin Hensley – Erin Hensley, Photographer
Jessica Rasmussen – Jessica Max
Johanna Hood – Thirty7 Photography
Monica Hart – Monica Hart Photography
Twyla Jones – Twyla Jones Photography
and so many more.. it’s crazy!
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started taking photos that you feel is invaluable now?
Don’t spend time listening to others and their negative comments – I feel like this is an invaluable lesson because, without comments, negative or positive [ in my opinion ] there would be no remarkable growth. Whether it’s through the drive of wanting perfection and providing the so called amazing images or through wanting to prove to your own self that your boundaries can be broken – either way sometimes, a lot of time criticism is the fuel behind that unruly fire of creativity. And sometimes, I truly love that untamed drive.
Describe your style in 3words..
+ Fun, Colorful and Memorable.
Give us three random facts about yourself..
Glass is my worst enemy, Lemors are my favorite and I hate Blueberries, well sometimes.. only if they’re perfect – but some how I love Blueberry flavoring… ?