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

Hi Artimio, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk taking is essential to success. Being strategic about what risks you take is also essential to success. Putting yourself out there presents opportunities that would have come if I had not taken a risk or gone out of my comfort zone. In failures I’ve learned what to do correct for the next time. All in all risks are the only way to grow.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a photographer/ videographer. I feel like what sets me apart from others is composition and catching/ crafting great moments with a subject. I’m most excited to expand everything I’m doing now. Whether is working with bigger companies or bigger artist. I never expected to get where I am today. I never expected to connect and work with some idols of mine. There has been so many challenges I’ve run in to whether it was learning how to efficiently plan and execute shoot or doing more of the business talk to get hired for jobs. Some lessons I’ve learned along the way include: always clean your lenses before shooting, securing shoots, and learning how to build and maintain relationships. I’d like the world to know that you are not limited to any box. With the amount of knowledge available in the world right now, anything is possible.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take them to the belt line, cabbage town, the high museum, and piedmont park. With the virus it’s definitely more difficult to visit and connect with others, but piedmont park is such a great place to hang out with friends. For food I’d check out Hawkers on the belt line, farm burger, and flower child in buckhead. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A big shout out to my friends that have taught me and supported me in all the endeavors I’ve chased.

Website: artimioblack.com
Instagram: @artimio.black

Image Credits
Jusu Slaps: Creative Direction (Flower photo) Carleigh Clark: Stylist & Creative Director (tennis court/ Green hat)

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