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Life & Work with Caly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caly.

Hi Caly, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
A visionary with a passion for Photography… thats the way to like to describe myself. Making my vision come to life through photography has truly been a journey. It’s so cliche that all photographers would say a picture is worth a 1,000 words so I would like to change that by saying my pictures have a story. I just want to take this photography industry by storm, so where do I start. I always had a love for art since I was younger but wasn’t sure of where to take it.

Growing up, I thought that it would just be considered to be a hobby and never thought of it as being an actual career field. I always was excellent in drawing and was absorbed deeply when it came to analyzing all kind of other avenues of art. To make a long story short, in the summer of 2006, something made me want to purchase a camera. I can honestly confess that I didn’t know where this thought of wanting a camera came from; all I knew is that I had to get one ASAP. Being the impulsive Taurus, I quickly purchased a Cannon EOS Rebel K2. The fact that it was only a 35mm didn’t hinder me at all. All I knew is that I now had a camera and I wanted to take some pictures. I starting taking pictures of objects, people, landscapes, animals, anything that caught my eye at that moment.

During this time, I still wasn’t very confident in my work but for some reason, people started to pay attention to what I was posting on social networks. Having people become interested in my work, I found myself having conversations about what I was creating consistently. Before I knew it, I was labeled as a PHOTOGRAPHER. Their reactions to my work took me by surprise at times because I thought it was just typical hobby images. So I tried to go the extra mile to get familiar about the craft. I signed up for college art courses at Baltimore City Community College. Believe it or not, while being an Art major at BCCC college, I didn’t have not one photography class. That didn’t stop me at all. In 2010 I decided to create my own brand and named it “McCaly T Photography,” now known as “Pics By Caly” Being content and persistent with branding myself, I felt like this was where I belonged. While adding work to my portfolio every chance I get, my skills continue to blossom, as well as my supporters who makes me feel on top everyday. With this being said… I lost a hobby and gained a passion!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I can honestly say it’s been a smooth road because of the support I had around me. The only struggle was trying to find what path I wanted to take my photography and finding out what drives my passion.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As far as my street photography, I’m known for capturing the rawness of my city. I capture everything that tells a story to me. No area in Baltimore is off-limits to me when it comes to my photography. I will capture anything from a botanical garden to a alleyway full of trash. When it comes to my portrait photography, I love making my client’s imaginations come to life. Them telling me what they want from a photoshoot brings me so much excitement because it allows me to be creative. It feels like magic. I’ve gained so many people’s trust when it comes capturing many moments to the point that during a session, they don’t even want to see a preview. They just know that it’s going satisfying. What makes me the proudest is having people want to buy pictures I take of the city, being published countless times in the city papers, having my work displayed in Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as Medstar Union Memorial Hospital.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
A very important lesson I learn during my journey is that instead of talking about ideas you should just do it. People like to see the product… you can talk about it all day but when it’s in front of you and you can actually see it. It makes a big difference. I also learned to only commit to photography that satisfies me, what makes me happy and what drives my passion.

Pricing:

  • Photoshoots (1-2 people) $150
  • Photoshoots (3-4) $200
  • Special Events $250 – $400
  • Framed Street Photography Prints 4×6 $20 & (No Frame) $10
  • Framed Street Photography Prints 8×10 $40 & (No Frame) $30

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