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Life & Work with Narcisa Arambul

Today we’d like to introduce you to Narcisa Arambul. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My name is Narcisa Arambul-Cikota. I was born in Prijedor, Bosnia. When I was 6 years old, I arrived to the U.S with my family as a refugee fleeing the war in Bosnia. Growing up, I was always a creative soul but I never thought that I could make a living out of my love for art. My parents had sacrificed so much to give me a bright future that I felt like I had to pursue a more stable career. I chose to follow my interest in science and my passion for helping others by going into health care. 

I started to seriously pursue my photography business in 2020 shortly after I became a first-time mom. Becoming a mom was an incredibly rewarding experience and my greatest accomplishment but I felt that I wanted to do more. I wanted to do something for myself and photography was a creative outlet that gave me so much happiness. Up to this point, I had enjoyed working as a medical coder for outpatient surgery but I was craving that artistic and creative freedom. 

I purchased my first DSLR camera and a 50 mm lens. I poured my heart into educating myself about every aspect of photography. I learned about manual camera settings, proper exposure, shooting in various natural light situations, culling and editing RAW images in lightroom and photoshop. There is so much more that goes into taking a photo than most people would think. When I was in school, I had the opportunity to take every single art class that I could get my hands on. So, I already had a strong knowledge of the basic concepts of art and composition but I still had much to learn about the technical side of photography as well as everything that goes into starting a small business. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having the courage to take the initial leap of faith to start my photography business was by far the greatest challenge of my journey. It can be incredibly intimidating putting yourself and your work out into the world. I knew that if I really wanted my business to thrive and grow, I would have to step out of my comfort zone. I had so many fears and doubts but I knew that if I invested myself into something I was passionate about then I would have nothing to lose. 

My husband was a huge inspiration to me and my number one supporter. He encouraged me to take a chance at my dreams and follow my passion and I am forever grateful for his support. 

I am excited for the future and I can’t wait to see where my business takes me next. I made a promise to myself to never stop learning and growing. I love that photography allows me the opportunity to continue learning. It’s my hope to continue to grow and evolve as a professional and as a creative. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a portrait photographer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I enjoy photographing people in all seasons of their life including engagements, weddings, maternity, family, grads, and seniors. I am so proud of how far I have come with my business and so thankful that I chose to keep going despite of all the obstacles I faced along the way. 

I strive to capture timeless, vibrant, and authentic images. I hope to incorporate this philosophy into every aspect of my business. I want to capture honest and timeless photos that can be cherished for years to come. As we grow older, our memories can fade but photos remain for generations to come. Photos have a way of allowing us to relive moments by taking us back to a time, place, and a season of our life. 

I try to be intentional by capturing meaningful moments and photos that speak for themselves. I love capturing those in-between candid moments that make you feel some type of way. I also strive to give the most authentic and timeless photos through my editing style that preserves vibrant true-to-life tones. There are a wide variety of editing styles in photography that rise and fall in popularity such as light and airy, dark and moody, or warm retro/vintage. I believe it’s most important to deliver images that will stand the test of time and to me this true-to-life editing style is most beautiful. 

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