- What prompted you to pursue your art or your message?
I have loved photography ever since I can remember. When I was younger, I had this plastic yellow camera that I would carry around and take “shots” of whatever I could. However, I only recently decided to start an actual outlet for all of my photos last year. A friend encouraged me to try it. I thought why not, this way I can have a place for all of the photos that I appreciate and hopefully others will appreciate them as well.
- Do you think most young adults lack the passion to pursue their goals or do they not really know what they are passionate about?
I think that most young adults do not know what they are passionate about or what they should be passionate about. In our culture nowadays, there are numerous mixed messages about what people “should do” and what people “should not do”. Sometimes it can be hard for a person to really form his/her own idea or passion when there are so many other outside pressures that can influence a decision or desire. As I write this, I really do hope that Vast Awareness can be an outlet, a place where people don’t have to worry about what other people may think of their passions and dreams. Hopefully, it will be a safe place for people to share, connect, and inspire others to live adventurously and freely.
- What things inspire you to continue working and learning?
The natural beauty that can be found anywhere and everywhere inspires me. I absolutely love to find a gorgeous place or setting and photograph it in its natural perfection. Secondly, there are countless stunning photography accounts on Instagram. Seeing all of them inspires me to go out and find something that I haven’t done before such as a different angle or perspective. It makes me want to capture those shots that make a person stop, really take in that photograph, and wonder how did that person get that? I want to be able to transport people to places or perspectives that they might not [normally] go through my pictures. This is what inspires and encourages me to keep working and learning.
- Who is your hero or role model? Why?
Every summer, I attend a Christian camp for a couple of weeks. One year, I had this amazing Austrian counselor. She was the most generous, caring person I knew. As luck would have it, she was my counselor for the next 3 years. Through those years, she led me to the Lord and taught me what it really means to be selfless and caring. She was funny loving, willing, and patient. She taught me to enjoy the little things in life, and how to truly be joyful. I have her to thank for who I am today.
Color: Mint blue
Song: 7 years by Lukas Graham
Book: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Quote: “We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in”. – Ernest Hemingway
- What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue your same field?
Be confident in your abilities but don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Why did you choose your brand name you go by?
I chose my brand name “_capturing.beauty_”because I wanted a simple name that would wrap up what I wanted to show. It was originally “capturingbeauty101” but I altered it a while back because I wanted a change. In hindsight, I wish that I had stuck with my original one because it sounds a bit more unique. However, my current brand name still entails what my account is. Capturing beauty wherever and whenever I find it.
- Where do you want to take your brand in the future?
I want to be able to share the beauty of nature and whatever else may catch my eye with others. I do not use any filters on my photographs, because I think nature is beautiful just the way it is in its natural state. However, I also do not have anything against those who apply filters to their pictures. I have seen countless photographs that have been edited and look stunning. Secondly, I want my brand to feature that one does not have to have an extremely expensive name brand camera to photograph amazing pictures. Most of my pictures are off of my phone. Only recently did I start experimenting with my sister’s older Canon camera, but my phone is still my go-to camera. Thirdly, one does not have to go to remote, exotic places to capture a stunning photograph. It’s all about finding the beauty that’s around you and the perspective.
Based in the upper Midwest, Lily Cerar has been enjoying photography as a hobby for the past couple of years. She describes her style as “natural” and loves the beauty of the great outdoors. Some of her other passions include; playing soccer with her traveling team, competing with her high school’s nordic team, and snuggling with her three cats at any given moment. Cerar can be described as motivated, athletic, and caring. She enjoys the simple things in life and loves to share whatever catches her eye on her photography account