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Life & Work with Christina Raymo of Tower Grove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Raymo.

Hi Christina, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
So I’m assuming you want me to talk about my photography? I also do painting and cooking. So was unclear which medium you wanted me to discuss. I have a bachelor of arts in photography, so that I will focus on that. I started in high school my sophomore year, so around 2013. I took a photography class. Then I got into film and making videos. I started at webster university as a film major. Still, there was a mix-up with my advisors, and I ended up with a photography advisor who didn’t realize I was a film student, so, during my second semester, he put me in all photography courses. Once we realized the mix-up, I was at the point where I LOVED photography, and my teachers loved me and my work. I became invested in it, and people noticed my work. I got all A’s and was consistently recognized and acknowledged by professors. It was a wonderful time in my life when I felt super proud and confident in my work.

Throughout my college career, I went on to do a few photography shows. My series “tubs” was what people started recognizing me for. I let people choose their props and outfit only stipulation was they had to be in a tub. So we had people in ramen noodles, fruity pebbles, milk, and bubbles, and it was so fun. I then really started getting into travel photography and SHINNED like I was getting featured on travel Instagrams and in a magazine. I loved it. Then covid hit hated that I couldn’t travel, so I picked up an internship with a well-known STL photographer focused on studio photography. During the lockdown, I took pictures of eggs in my studio apartment. Then my final show before graduating was “eggs” and “travel.” I now have died down a little due to the pandemic, and trying to make enough money to survive and pay my student loans, but I would love to get back into travel photography.

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?
No, I kind of touched base in the first question. Covid took a toll on my motivation and financial resources to do what I love, but it also made me realize how I love egg photos. Money is a huge factor, and overall mental health has taken a huge toll on my creative process and ability to do the things I’m good at. Nothing is ever easy, but the hard times do the best work for some people.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I would say I am well known for my egg photos, tub photos, and travel photos. I am known for my colors and composition when taking photos. I feel, in a sense, I have let people down because, for a while, people would rave to me about how much they liked my work, but I let my bad mental health get in the way of continuing to do greatness. I still do photography and love it to death, but my motivation to do the stuff I love has died down. I know I take product photos for an online gift box company (IDK if I’m allowed to use names, so I will not go for now) which helps bring in income. But it is not a passion. I’m great with models and people who don’t believe they can look good in front of a camera. It’s the difference in how you make someone feel while taking their photo. I’m great at connecting with a subject, discovering who they are, and capturing it. I love the colors of every day, and I like to edit in a way to bring those colors out! I’m very proud of my work, and I think I have an eye most people don’t. I think I see beauty in the things people tend to overlook. It’s not just a chimney. It’s a bright red chimney against a bright blue sky (referencing one of my favorite photos). The key in life is finding joy in the ordinary; this can be a life lesson and a creative lesson!

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I’ve touched base on how my mental health has declined recently. In the past, I used to be a huge risk taker. In the past, I would ask anyone and everyone if they would help me to complete a photo project idea I had. Now I only want to take photos with people I am comfortable with. A few years ago, I was so spontaneous I ended up at a random senator’s house and took photos of him and his family, and he paid me in alcohol. Like how random, lol! One of the biggest risks I have taken is solo travel, which I will still do to this day. I love going to new places. I went to Ireland by myself for 2 weeks and ai visited morocco by myself! Travel photography is still my best work, and traveling is the biggest risk I take. I LOVE traveling and will always travel. It’s funny cause I’m so anxious about many things, but when I’m traveling, I am not, and it’s also when I do my best work!

Pricing:

  • Usually it’s $100/hr for product photos. Usually includes a white background and depending on product size. Normally hand sized products I can do between 10-15 an hour. And then editing is also $100/hr I do not send out unedited photos.
  • Single portraits are are also $100/hr but can be booked into 30 minutes sessions. And 30 minutes editing. So 30 minute session is $100 and 10-20 digital copies.
  • All other inquiries need to be discussed.

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Image Credits
All images were taken by me. I did not include a photo of myself. If you need one please email me and let me know!

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1 Comment

  1. Abdel malek

    July 23, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    You’re a artist I’m a huge 💓💓

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