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

Hi Danica, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
To be honest, I never considered pursuing anything but a creative career path. From a young age I dreamt of being a dancer, writer, or photographer (I really wanted to be Britney Spears but we won’t get into that), so a conventional 9-5 was not in my ideal plan. When I was deciding whether I wanted to study English or Visual Communications in college, my parents were extremely supportive of either choice. My parents life-long unconditional support of my creative endeavors has definitely given me the confidence to pursue life as an artist.

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.
I create art through images. My style is a mixture of romantic and dreamy with some spice thrown in. I love that when I create that I get to do so with the help of other artists (i.e. models, makeup/hair artists, stylists, set designers, creative directiors, etc) and nothing beats an all women team! One of the things I think that sets me apart from others is the experience you get when creating with me. I love making my clients or models feel like Beyonce at Beychella. I am a naturally high-energy person and I keep that energy going throughout the shoot which helps radiate through the images.
Currently, my most proud and exciting moment was when I shot Lil Debbie’s (@debbiecakes420) EP Cover for Bad Bitches Never Die. I have been a fan of her for years, so when we connected via IG comments last year (s/o to my girl Alanna) and started working together I was SHOOK. 2017 Danica definitely wouldn’t have believed it.
I got where I am today with the love and support of family and friends, as well as a LOT of hard work. It has not been easy and it is still not easy by any means. There have been countless free shoots, long days and nights of editing, trying to figure out how to get people to consistently book (especially during a pandemmy!), and so much more that have led me to this moment. I overcome the challenges by simply facing them. I’m very much a, “Okay, so how do we fix this?” or “What’s the next step, then?” type person. I may be a bit dramatic first, but I will always figure out a way to handle it.
I’ve learned a lot of random stuff about photography, as both an art and a business, while on this journey. Like, always have extra memory cards/ batteries and always back up your images, but also things like trust yourself and my favorite, never compare yourself or your journey to anyone else’s. That is a sure fire way to end up miserable.
Right now the only thing the world really needs to know about me is that I’m just extremely grateful to be here.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being in the midst of everything, this is a hard one. I’m a natural homebody (where all my Cancers at?!) so I would likely tell my friend I’m ordering in some BJ’s pizza and pazookies haha. If we must go out, I love going to Rosie’s Dog beach or Elenor’s to grab a cider beer.

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?
My family, hands down! Without my parents truly believing in me and my skills, I would have never pursued photography. And without my amazing brother and his wife I wouldn’t have had the ability to save up for two years and become full-time freelancer.

Website: www.danicacarver.com

Instagram: @danicacarver

Twitter: @deezth0tz

Facebook: danica carver photography

Image Credits
1st Image – JessicaRalenePhotography

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