Interview with Mystic of Mystic Photography!

Brandon Harris: What got you into photography?

Mystic:  I've always loved nature. When I was in high school I took a photography class, and fell in love with it! I just kind of continued from there. I love being outdoors, and capturing the beauty of life that we sometimes can take for granted.
Brandon Harris: What is the difference between real life and your photography? 

Mystic: My real life can get pretty hectic. I always have a lot on my plate, and not enough time in a day to get it all done. When I do photography, it's like the world slows down. It helps me to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of every day life. 

Brandon Harris: What inspires you to shoot mostly nature? Is there a specific reason you prefer  this style of work?

Mystic: I honestly love the outdoors. Capturing memories of the seasons, and sharing a different outlook on life is part of what I love. It's amazing how nature can go through so much, yet still look beautiful no matter what happens. I prefer nature photography because you don't have to stage a photo to look good. Nature has a natural glow. We tend to forget how nature gives back to us. 

Brandon Harris: What kind of rig do you work off of?
   Mystic:I work on a D3200, with a 35-55 mm lens on manual. This is just the beginning to my collection.                                             

 Brandon Harris: Where do you see your  being 10 years from

             Mystic: I hope to have my work all around the world. I want to share my vision with everyone. I hope to show people a new appreciation for our environment.                                           

Brandon Harris: Who inspires you?

Mystic: Honestly, this might sound odd, but my family is a big inspiration. They have all gone through their own struggles, and always came back on top. They don't let things knock them down. It's always used as a learning experience, and we all grow from it. One big inspiration in specific is my child, who has been through so much in life, yet always keeps a smile on her face no matter what comes her way. She has changed a big part of my life, and I thank god everyday for bringing her into my life. 

Brandon Harris: So your child plays a big part in your life? What are some of the rough patches as a parent you have had to cross? What has this done for you as an artist?                                                                                        Mystic: Any parent knows that it is never easy to do. We all have our own struggles, and no one is every perfect. Personally, one of the hardest things about being a parent is seeing your child go through multiple surgeries in a short period of time. It can take its toll of you, but seeing your child continue going on like nothing ever happened, and still smile every day makes it easier. It really shows you how to appreciate so many different things. As an artist, it has shown me to slow down, and appreciate all the little things in life. It has shown me to look around, and capture the memories we have today. What you see today, or have today is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow. 

Brandon Harris: So do you feel your hard work will be an inspiration to your child as your child has been to you?

Mystic: I honestly feel that it will. When my child grows up, I think she will be able to look back at everything that I have overcame, and see that it was all because of her that I strived as hard as I have. I hope she will be able to learn just as much as I have. 

Brandon Harris: So we've hit some very hard questions. Thank you for your honesty. What are your goals with your art? What steps are you planning in the near future to take things to the next level?

Mystic: This is the first time I have came out with my story. It hasn't been the easiest, but I believe it is time to share it. My goals are to share my vision with many people. To show that we have to take care of our environment. I want to help people realize that life can be too short, and we need to slow down and enjoy the moments that we do have. So many people now are about how they look, making a lot of money, having big houses and fancy cars, but forget to see and appreciate what is around us. My plans on taking things to the next level would probably be to show my story, and to help others out there through my work. I love sharing my passion with others. I'm starting to sell my work for others to put in their own homes. I don't expect to be the next big thing, or to become famous and make lots of money. I honestly just want to make a difference in others lives, and share my visions with those who share the same interests as myself.
Brandon Harris: Wow that really warmed my heart. It's not often that I get taken a back by an interview question. Are you online? Where can we find more of your work? I do have to admit I, myself am a fan.                                                                                                               Mystic: I have always been an open and honest person. There's no reason to hide things, and act a certain way that is not who I truly am. It does mean a lot to me to have big supporters, and it helps me stay motivated as well! I do have a facebook. You can check out some of my work on there, and share it. My website is currently in the process. I will be sharing that on my facebook once it is up and running. 

Brandon Harris: What all areas have you taken photos in?

Mystic: I have taken photos in Illinois, Southern Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. 

Brandon Harris: Do you have any up coming shoots planned?

Mystic: I'm in the process of doing a fall shoot. It should be completed within the next few weeks. I also will be doing a photo shoot this week for the largest sanctioned boxing match ever seen in Joliet, IL. I'm very excited about this opportunity.  

Brandon Harris: I know you are very busy,  so a few more questions and we will let you get back to work. Any advice for future photographers?                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mystic: I appreciate this opportunity! Some advice to future photographers would be to never give up. Don't ever doubt yourself or your work. If you have a vision share it! You never know how your work can affect others. It can get difficult from time to time, but don't ever let things defeat you. Not everyone will like your work, or agree with you, but that doesn't mean you have to give up your passion. Just keep moving forward, and as you go, you will grow and learn so much more. You'll be able to look back and be so proud of what you have done.

Thank you a ton for taking some time for us! 

Mystic: Your very welcome. I thank you so much for this chance to allow me to show my voice behind my work.
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