Meet an Artopian: Joyce Pafford

Artopian Joyce PaffordWhy do you like to take photos?
I take great pride and joy in photographing. That through my nature and landscape photos I can show everyone how I view the world. My love for portraits is difficult to narrow down to just one “why”. There is so much satisfaction found when photographing that toothless six year old with their big smiles and bright eyes. The love the family shares with a newborn as I photograph them holding the miracle in their arms. Handing a mother the portrait of her high school graduate, those last memories of their child in cap and gown as they move on to a new venture in their lives and she cries with pride. Those moments, all of them both happy and sad, along with all the people I am honored to meet, these are just some of the reasons I love to take photos.

What is your biggest inspiration?
I find my inspiration in everything I see. My children, grandchildren, nature, and life itself are a few of the things that make me look at life differently. Each day brings a new inspiration.

Who is your favorite well-known photographer, and why?
I have two photographers that I admire, Sandy Puc and Benjamin Von Wong. Sandy Puc is a renowned photographer and I specifically find inspiration in her children’s photography. Sandy is a free spirit type who loves life and this you can see through her work. Benjamin Von Wong is a great photographer who doesn’t confine himself to one aspect of photography. He thinks outside the box, taking risks to get that one of a kind photograph.

What is your favorite place to travel to?
I love going to the beach to capture landscape photography. The beach is ever changing so you never know what you will find. Although the beach is my favorite there are many places that I plan to visit, there is so much to share with the world.

What is your favorite musical artist?
My music, like my art, reflects many aspects of my personality. Some of my favorites are Reba McEntire, Queen, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Adele, Pink just to name a few.

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