Meet Jamie Hilliard of Huntington Woods, MI! Jamie is the talented artist behind Beach Girl Photography, specializing in photographing images of Michigan with a focus on the great lake waters, beaches, and lighthouses. She combines her professional experience, photographic knowledge and passion for traveling to produce memorable pieces of photographic art.
The goal of Jamie’s photography is to support traveling in Michigan, in hopes of (after viewing her images) making the visitor feel like they have traveled the world with the experiences Michigan has to offer. To complement the exceptional impression Michigan offers, she presents her photography in a unique way to match - she hand crafts wooden blocks, cut to size, on which she mounts her photographs and seals them for exhibit. The art can be hung on the wall or set up right on any flat surface, such as a desk, mantel, or shelf, allowing the art enthusiast more display options in an architectural way.
Jamie’s photography grew out of her life experiences. Being born and raised in Michigan, and continuing to reside in Michigan her whole life, she considers herself a true "Michigander." It was not until she began traveling abroad that she made the connection to its uniqueness, which prompted her to try to share the beauty and diverse sights Michigan displays with her audience. How long have you been creating your art work?
Professionally since 2010.
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
My Livonia Stevenson High School photography teacher taught me all the professional approaches that inspired me to take my photography seriously. I was traveling abroad when I visited a tourist souvenir shop and realized the photography I was looking at was something I wanted to provide for my home state of Michigan. I combined those two historical moments and opened my business! What do you most love about the creative process?
The challenge of capturing a Michigan memory that relates to my customers in a way that takes them back to a moment of time of pure happiness.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Evolving my photography to connect more with the audience. Most people purchase these images because they have a memory from the place it is showing, and I want to make that connection more obvious.
What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
My image of footprints in the sand (see below). I took this piece on a walk with my father after Thanksgiving dinner. The light was just right to capture the beautiful Fall day, and you can see our footprints in the sand from our walk. My father suddenly passed away a few months back, and now this image has so much more meaning to me - a special day I will always remember.What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Not to worry, and that things will work out as they should.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
You can find lots of Jamie's beautiful Michigan photography at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting facts about Jamie all this week!
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