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

Hi Sunshine, why did you pursue a creative career?
With all of the rules and social norms and expectations of society I wanted to do something where I had total freedom to break all the rules. Art allows us to create are wildest dreams, fantasies, fears. To express whatever lies inside are hearts and minds without considering what others will think. We can literally create anything we want and find the audience that will understand and appreciate that work. I also love the process, the thrill of exhibiting, trial and error, and working with art lovers and other artist.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My photography practice comes from a spiritual and intuitional place. I don’t overthink or put too much pressure on myself but rather go with the flow. Several important things allow me to be unique. I work in a lot of alternative processes within photographer creating work that isn’t mainstream and cannot be done without years of practice and determination. I learned the rules well so that I would be able to break them later on. I spend a great deal of time on a project particularly those that require experimentation.

I have been working for two years sense graduating from university to build my own business and find the right path, the right people, and the right city. Growing up in a very small midwestern town gave me a great sense of community, I am learning to use this quality in my art and in my business. The road to growing a is never easy in any situation whether business or personal but the key is to remember to take things in baby steps and complete more and more little goals.

The most important thing I’ve learn thus far is that I am my own worst enemy. If I have imposture syndrome or feel self-conscious then my goals are all the more challenging. It all starts with me.

I am trying to create a business in a male dominated industry. I want people to step outside their comfort zone, look for, and hire women. We are powerful, intelligent, talented women that simple want to break into this industry and contribute to its impact on the world and society.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite thing to do in the city is hike. I love being outside (country girl) I would take them too South Moutain for a day hike and picnic. We would have lunch at Maskadores Taco Shop in Tempe and drive through Paradise Valley just for the views and senary. I have only been living in Phoenix just over a year and don’t have an extensive knowledge of the city yet.

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?
I would like to thank the organizations that provided scholarships that allowed me to pursue my artistic education. The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Saint Vincent De Paul, and the PEO Women Helping Women.

Website: https://www.emeraldskyphoto.com/

Instagram: @emeraldskyphotography

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