We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Linda, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Family, social, and work life is something that I am still learning how to juggle. From having a full-time career in the legal field, pursuing my passion in photography, to the everyday tasks of life, it is not easy. Overtime, I have had to learn that it is okay not to have everything evenly balanced. There will be days that my work deadlines have to be a little more important, there will be a couple of weeks where I do not feel as creative to do a photoshoot, and there will even be months where I only communicate or see my family/friends virtually. We tend to get so wrapped up on “If I finish this work project before the deadline, will I get that raise?” or “If I flake on this person again, will I stop being invited to events?”, that we forget to focus on our physical and mental health. I truly believe that balance starts with our mental health first and everything else will follow.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The very first time that I picked up a camera was in grade school, it was nothing fancy- a standard compact, point-and-shoot camera. I remember always volunteering to take pictures and eventually in high school I joined the yearbook committee, as one of the photographers, and I fell in love with capturing people’s stories and achievements. Later, I joined the military, with that came a lot of stress and irregular work hours, I needed a creative outlet. I started to photograph nature, but I quickly realized that I had no one to talk to – I live for social interactions – so I used my husband as my first model and from there I reached out to a few other people that I knew to use them as models. After a while I knew, and I was told by many that my photography was evolving greatly, so why keep shooting for free? Which is where I had my first challenge: charging people for my service. At the time I had no boundaries, and I was self-effacing, to the point where people who knew me would ask me to take pictures of their newborns, events, or engagements for free. It became overwhelming, time consuming, and exhausting, the lesson that I had learn from that was simple, if you know and if others are telling you that your skill is amazing then stop doing it for free! At the end of the day everyone has a different style, those who truly like your work will have no problem paying. My goal is to always show the beauty, grace, strength, and enthusiasm in people. I want to capture the story that highlights an aspect of who they are.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Eat/Drink/Hangout: One Barrel American Bistro & Wine Bar, Mr. Marinade’s BBQ, George’s Restaurant, The Comma Café & Lounge, Băo Brewhouse, Del Corazon Mexican, The Doughnut Club.

Visit- Spectra Art Space, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Larimer Square, Old Town Arvada, SoBo (South Broadway).

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Since the beginning my husband has supported, encouraged, and loved my unique and artistic way that I see through the lens. So, my Shoutout goes to Caleb Hall!

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Other: Email: lindahallphotographyco@gmail.com

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