Toronto photographer Michele Crockett shares her studio practice and unique creative style.
I’m Michelle Crockett. I have a portrait photography business here in the Midtown Toronto area. What drew me to photography first was when I was in nursing school I was taking care of all these very sick people and photography made me happy. It allowed me to capture memories and show them to people but also make people happy. I’ve never really been drawn to so much documentary or social justice work because I always felt like in my nursing career I always had enough hardship. I just really wanted photography to be something of happiness and joy for myself.
Recently I did some headshots of some dentists that were really trying to rebrand their practice. They had the idea of using their pets to put up on the wall and then when clients come in they would be able to say oh which one belongs to which dentist or hygienist. It was a connector and for me it was also another way of seeing. I have a hearing thing and so for me I always thought that I saw it differently because I couldn’t hear the same way people do so I used to think that if I could see things whether that was shape or lines or design elements and through light or colour that it would make up for not being able to hear the same way.
I was born and raised in Western New York not far from the border. Because I’m not from here I’m constantly trying to make connections with home and by making art about it it allows me to still feel connected to this home and that home at the same time. What I’m going through is very similar to what other people are going through- I’m a mom first and I wear many hats and I found that when I’ve read stories that women are sharing about motherhood and about being an entrepreneur that as a group a lot of us are going through the same things and that I wasn’t the only one going through it.
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