Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Taylor Salerno | Candid Wedding Photographer

I have always been artistic and independent. When I was in junior high we all took a test that helped us identify what work environment we would thrive in and I scored highest in creative entrepreneurship. At the time I didn’t really pay attention to it but once I started playing around with a camera in high school it all clicked. This is what I am meant to do; this is my calling. I have so much passion for what I do and my clients can feel it. Capturing someones wedding story is not just a job for me – it’s my way of using my gift to give back to people moments that they will cherish forever. I freaking love it. Read more>>

Paige Neal | Photographer at Paige Alexis Photography

Ever since I can remember, I knew I wanted to have a creative career. I went through a lot of phases and tried out so many different artistic avenues… fashion design, drums/piano/guitar, writing- none of them ever stuck with me until I tried photography. I love the arts and see so much inherent value in each of the different genres. Art makes you feel things, it can connect, comfort, inspire, and help to heal people. Being introverted, a lot of the time art helps me express myself as well as feel related to. I love how one piece of art can mean something different to each person experiencing it. Art is something that consistently makes me have a lust for life, and I am very thankful to have finally found the genre of art that I excel in. Read more>>

Constance Jaeggi | Photographer & Rancher

Horses have always been my biggest inspiration, and also happen to be the reason I was first compelled to pick up a camera six years ago. As a competitive cutting horse rider, I attribute a large portion of my personal development to the presence of horses in my life. These animals built my confidence in and out of the show arena over the years and this relationship and their power and strength is something that I wanted to portray and express photographically. As soon as I picked up a camera, it became clear that creativity was a big driving force in my life, merging with an interest in art that was passed down to me by my parents. I quickly built a studio which could accommodate horses. The studio setting enabled me to express my fascination and passion for horses in a new and fresh way. Read more>>

Ellen Soffer | Visual Artist, Painter

I was interested in something that I found personally meaningful. For me studio work in painting feels like a deep connection to life and myself. Read more>>