Rachel Beltzman - July Featured Artist

Rachel Beltzman

Location: Chicago, Illinois



Give us a brief description of you and your work.

First and foremost I am a mom to three amazingly cute boys. They always keep me on my toes and make everyday an adventure.

I have been in business for almost 6 years, however, taking pictures is something I have loved my whole life. My main focuses are maternity, newborns, toddlers and families. I love to capture a child's nature. Who they are at that very moment. Even if its not their "best" moment, it's real. I love working outside and finding awesome fun ways to use my environment. My studio is where I photograph most of the newborns and love love love every second I get to spend with them.

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How would you describe your style?

I would say my style comes from happiness and joy. Finding the good in the moment. Letting kids be kids and families relax enough to show a glimpse into their lives.

What's your goal as as artist?

To evoke emotion from the viewer and to tell a story.

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From where do you draw inspiration?

Everywhere. A simple word or expression can conjure up lots of ideas which then swirl around my head. I see the world in photos, driving over a bridge, exploring new parts of the city can bring new ideas to light. Getting outside and simply taking a walk can be where I find my favorite new spots. I also take photography workshops to help find my inspiration. I want my work to reflect who I am and who my client is at the same time.

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Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

I love the quality of the work. It's simplistic and clean, which I love. My clients are always blown away with how they look in their homes.

How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh?

Mainly by challenging myself to step outside the box and taking risks. Finding inspiration, having a specific intention when I start a shoot. Talking to families prior to a shoot to find out what they want from the shoot.

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Photographing babies and young children must take a lot of patience. How do you keep them entertained and focused?

I let kids be kids. I don't require them to sit and say cheese. Having three kids of my own, I know how to interact with them. I am also a very patient person. I love watching them grow and explore. If you put little kids at ease they are the best clients you can ask for. They show real emotions which is exactly what I am looking for.

Favorite month of the year?

September. The colors, the weather, the start of a new school year, it's the best.

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If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

I'm a healthy eater. So lots of roasted veggies with a pasta.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Dependable, confident, trustworthy.

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If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

39 - I love being 39.

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