We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach Chapman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zach, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am born and raised in Yuma Colorado. Growing up in a smaller farming community gave me an appreciation for the little things in life. My parents are farmers and they taught me respect for others and for the land and animals that I now get inspired to take photos of today. They also raised me as a Christian and I now am a believer and am inspired by all the beautiful things God has created. Being brought up how I gave me an appreciation for everything.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In my photography I don’t go out looking for something to take a photo of. The things that catch my eye is what I take photos of, even if it’s the little things. The goal of my photography is to teach and inspire others, young and old to go out and find the beauty this world has to offer. In capturing these moments, I leave a story and legacy behind that hopefully will touch and inspire others to enjoy the beauty all around us. I got where I am today through hard work and figuring out things that worked and didn’t. I started out taking photos of people and families to be able to make money to print my landscape and wildlife photos that I could display in a variety of places. Just going around and asking if I could display my photography in businesses was challenging for me because I am naturally introverted. With practice I have got better at getting my photography out there. The thing I am most proud of about my photography business is my ability to capture a moment that evokes a memory or brings out an emotion in people that view my photography. I love when clients who purchase my photography get to enjoy that photo for many years. What sets me apart is put beautifully by one of my visitors to my website , she says “Your photographs show a kind heart, your love for our world, nature, animals and people.” That is a quote from a visitor to my website and I want people to know about my photography in that way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to Red willow on Main to eat. Main Street in Yuma CO is a nice place to walk down and visit The Orphanage – Automotive Themed Gallery Space, other clothing stores like Lu Ella and we could watch a movie at our wonderful Yuma Theater. I love to golf so I would take them to Indian Hills Golf Course for a round of golf. Its a great community and offers ponds to walk around and get some good photos. I also live in Otis Colorado now and I would take a guest to Mom’s Kitchen for sure fo some great food.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, the cedit goes to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without my faith I would not be in the position to inspire and have the talents He has blessed me with. My biggest supporters are my mother and father. I want to thank them for inspiring me to choose the paths I have taken. My parents who love and supported me with anything I did bought me my first camera. A Fuji Film 12 megapixels digital camera. I also want to give a shoutout to all the preschool kids I have been blessed to teach over the 7 Years. Every day I get to teach my kids and watch as every little thing they discover is amazing to them. If you really sit back and just view the world through the lens of a kid the world is pretty amazing. I want to give a shoutout to the businesses that let me display my photography and have shows. The Orphanage- Automotive Themed Gallery Space in Yuma, Colorado Zazzy’s Cafe in Fort Morgan, Colorado, SWAY in Yuma, Indian Hills Golf Course Sterling Creatives in Sterling Colorado.
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