Danielle Caise is a local photographer. She identifies herself as a crazy, creative, and energetic artist that really just loves to make people feel beautiful in their own skin. She runs her own business – AristiCaise Photography – and is currently working on expanding her work with conceptual photo shoots. She truly encourages the idea that no idea or concept is too grand when you put your heart behind it! If she were a WSCJ drink she would be a deep bodied roast with a sweet kick at the end because she’s fiesty yet very sweet.
It’s not hard to understand what draws people to Dainelle Caises’s photography. Whether it’s business or play, Danielle really captures the spirit of who and what she is shooting in a very unique way. When we look at the one word that she would use to describe herself it becomes obvious why – she says she is adventurous! Whether it is standing at the edge of a cliff to get that perfect shot, using cosplay or body paint, or using an abstract background, Danielle’s vision of the world is beautiful.
Much of this beautiful inspiration, she says, is drawn from nature. She finds beauty everywhere she looks from the curling fronds of a fern and a sunrise over the water to the more industrial spots in Downtown Kalamazoo. This is also the biggest reason that she loves doing her work in Kalamazoo because she has the flexibility to go from that Downtown setting to a forested area within only a few miles. Her ideal photo shoot would be deep in the woods somewhere with her trusty Sony camera and a full wardrobe at her and her models’ disposal.
But clearly, it doesn’t matter where Danielle is working. She always manages to find beauty there. “I began my photography adventure roughly 7 years ago. My sister had dabbled in it a little and had me do a shoot here or there when she wasn’t able to. It just kind of became an obsession since. It’s the one area where I feel like I can express myself without words. I can show the world what I see that most others cannot see for themselves. The next time you are out walking around, really look around you. Are there vivid blue rust stains on that copper drain pipe? Are there specks in that black granite wall? Once you notice the small things the world shimmers a little more,” she states.
The hardest part of Danielle’s creative process most days is finding all the pieces and details that go into making each image and photo shoot perfect including wardrobe, wigs, models, and settings. However, it is also her favorite part when she gets to see the finished product at the end and all of her hard work has paid off. Eventually, she hopes to even have a creative hand in creating the costumes and other props she uses in her photos so that she can design exactly what she envisions for some of her more grand shoots.
At the end of the day, Danielle would tell you that if you have a vision or concept that you’ve been dreaming about just go for it – or reach out to a local artist who can help! She is a firm believer in doing what you love and shared with us the best piece of advice she’s been given: “Don’t listen to the one negative person. Listen to the thousands of people who love your work. Know your self worth.”
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All images are copyright of Danielle Caise and ArtistiCaise Photography copyright 2016, and may be used for the online article for Water Street Coffee in the year 2016.
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