Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Carter.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started photography late last year in 2021. It was on my 25th birthday when I was gifted a Polaroid one-touch camera from who was then my girlfriend. I also received another camera, a Fujifilm from my family around that same time.
I remember I was so excited to try these cameras out and did just that the first chance I got. I began taking pictures of just about anything and I was terrible (haha). As time went on, I got better and better and photography became something of a great pass time for me. The truth is, I was just beginning to understand the power behind a photo(s).
A cherished memory, a tragic event, a story that tells a truth, a moment captured suspended in time. It wasn’t until my last relationship ended that I began to apply all of what I had to my photography. Trying to make sense of everything in my life at that time became a tool to express my emotions and in turn, I began learning more about myself.
Photography enabled healing in my life; now, I have the means to possibly add joy to others’ lives and tell their stories or take them places through my photography.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road was rocky at some points and smooth at others I would say.
The main struggle I had was comparing my work to others and being too hard on myself to create something that would stand out. I often doubted myself wondering if I would be able to take what is now a passion to the next level.
Sometimes I still feel that way but then I remind myself that my perspective is unique as are all others and with hard work and dedication anything is possible.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My current full-time job resides at Whole Foods Market as a butcher. but I would love the opportunity to take photography to the next level.
I identify as an artist/photographer and that is where my passion truly lies. I am most proud of my willingness to take a negative situation and make the absolute best of it. What sets me apart from others is the ability to be vulnerable and personable with others.
In return, the opportunity to nurture rich relationships and see people how they would like to be seen is what I feel separates me from others.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
My faith in Christ and my family are my biggest resources by far. I love Instagram for giving me the ability to share my photography work on social media and get feedback from others.
Instagram also helps me gather inspiration from other artists. Finally, the most recent addition is the Book of Healing by Najwa Zebian.
- $150/hour for lifestyle photos.
- Instagram: @Todd_s.carter