Today we’d like to introduce you to Cydney Scott.
Cydney, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
While I was a budding photographer in high school, I was looking through some old LIFE magazines at an antique store with my mom when I saw a double truck spread of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photo of kids at a Parisian puppet show, “Saint George and the Dragon,” at an outdoor theater in 1963. (Google it, you won’t be sorry). It shows a group of small children and their variety of reactions to the moment when a dragon is slain. Looking at that photo, something clicked. I suddenly understood the impact photography could have. It taught me about capturing “the decisive moment” before I even learned the term.
Now armed with the concept of “photojournalism” I went to Ohio University to study visual communications. From there I spent three years shooting for newspaper The Citizen, in Auburn, NY. Having to produce images daily for a fairly rural area was a challenge and a great experience for a green photographer. From there I spent six years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, FL, where I was surrounded by serious shooting talent and some truly weird culture. In 2008, along with 40% of my coworkers, I accepted a buyout from the paper and moved back to my home state of MA. I started Cydney Scott Photography, offering event coverage and shooting family, newborns, headshots and engagement photos. My journalistic training serves me well in those areas too, keeping my work a bit different because it’s more “slice of life” and less posed. At least that’s what I aim for. In 2010 I was also hired as a full-time staff photographer at Boston University. Though it is marketing, it helps me keep within my style of shooting while challenging me with lots of portrait work.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
When it comes to Cydney Scott Photography, I always hope that I can capture something slightly different than the standard portrait. This might be capturing a subtle (or not so subtle!) moment between family members, or catching a distinctly “them” gesture during a senior session. My goal with all my photography is that I capture the essence of the person being photographed, and that the end result is enjoyed. In a digital world, people take for granted that their photos will always be available online or on their computer. If a CSP client prints one of their photos and makes it part of their home, that’s a tangible thing that’s truly being enjoyed and appreciated, and I love when that happens!
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I don’t feel overall, that I’m successful, but perhaps most artists feel that way. You don’t strive to improve without feeling like you can always do better. I feel successful when a client enjoys their session. I feel successful when I sense my client is comfortable and being themselves during a session. I feel successful when I’ve worked hard and my clients are happy with the finished product. You cannot become successful by being lazy. If you can, that’s not the kind of success I’m interested in having. Success is also being able to pay the bills (and support my ice cream consumption habit)!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can support my work by hiring me to be your photo ninja! My Facebook and Instagram handle are @CydScottPhoto, and you can find my work at www.cydneyscott.com. I can be reached through the site’s contact page, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I like to encourage people to hire a pro every once in a while, whether it’s me or someone else, to document their family. Photos tend to be one of those things that gets postponed and people really feel regret for not having them taken.
Gift cards for sessions can be purchased too, and I have a mailing list where people can get announcements about occasional deals like seasonal session discounts and mini-session events (I only spam you about three times a year). I can provide details via email. I also sell prints from my travels through my Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/thinkingbean?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=5305770
- Website: cydneyscott.com
- Phone: 617-957-2062
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @CydScottPhoto
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cydscottphoto/
- Other: Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/thinkingbean?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=5305770
Cydney Scott Photography