Seeing the beauty in you
Cindy Couture Photography Is Based in Cold Lake, Alberta.
Cindy excels in her art, recipient of five national prizes for the quality of her photography.
"I grew up in a house where art was omnipresent. I remember so clearly attending college art classes with my mom as a child. She has inspired me my entire life with her beautiful portraits. To this day, I like to think that we inspire each other. I also have fond memories of watching my big brother draw on “Microsoft paint” using nothing but an old ball mouse; the end results were always so inspiring. He’s now a prominent digital artist in the gaming industry. My oldest brother is also very talented musically. With that being said, I was born with creativity in my blood. There was no escaping it.
In high school I enrolled in a photography class. On day one I was asked to leave when I informed the teacher I couldn’t afford a camera. He didn’t even try to find a way to make it work. I was devastated. My dreams seemed crushed, thankfully only for the time being.
In November of 2008 I picked up my first DSLR in Quebec, Canada and started my journey to become a photographer. I struggled throughout the process of teaching myself. I searched high and low for my style. For years I assumed I had to be like other successful photographers and thought that would be how I’d gain success. My insecurities were starting to get the best of me. In 2012 I won my first awards when I entered a nation- wide photo contest following my fathers’ strong insistence. I was blessed enough to attend the award ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario. That was when I knew I had it in me, but there was still something missing and it led me to quit photography in fall of 2013. After months of no longer doing what I loved, I picked my camera back up and continued where I left off, only this time deciding to experiment more. I continued to win awards in 2013 and 2014 as I proceeded on this journey. It was only until recently when I moved to Alberta, Canada when I became aware that I am only as good as me. Once I came to that realization, my unique style was formed. I started to be truer to myself, embracing my dark, edgy soul. That’s when it started to show through my photography.
I tend to do a lot of research beforehand to give my models specific mood boards with examples of what I’m looking for so there is no confusion. I have always felt an attraction to dramatic, emotional photos that tell a story so I search for eyes with emotion behind them to photograph. I am constantly seeking for methods to better myself, to expand and to experiment in new fresh ways. I don’t like to spend too much time editing so post work is always simple and straight to the point since I found what works great for me.
I am always growing in my craft and I appreciate everyone who has stood by me through the process of the good, the bad and the ugly."