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CYNDI HORNSBY is an award-winning artist, specializing in Fine Art Photography and Digital Paintings. “I strive to capture the spirit of the soul. I see the soul of each personality through the eyes and body gestures, which is why I am not so concerned to always capture a big wide smile. If the smile is very real for the child, then I’ll capture it. But it is the eyes tell the true story. Always.”
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Hornsby earned her B.A. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has garnered Photographer of the Year, Kodak Gallery and Best of Show honors, along with more than a dozen first place awards for her children’s portraits. In addition to her photography work, Hornsby has been an illustrator in Nashville, TN and owned a two-story historical studio in Huntsville, AL.
Though she had enjoyed photography as a hobby since she can remember as well as pursued studies in art education, it was the adoption of her daughter from Russia which inspired Hornsby to create artwork for others. “I already had the art education and throughout my life had enjoyed photography as a hobby since I can remember,” Hornsby says. “I couldn’t put down the camera once I had my daughter. She was adopted at the age of eight months and she has no photos of herself as an infant before she was adopted. I realized the importance of documenting those memories and what an important role I could have in the lives of others which would give me so much pleasure.”
Hornsby is very passionate about capturing emotion, beauty and light to illustrate a story. Her love for these themes as well as incorporating harmonizing colors was rooted from a childhood filled with love, compassion, trust and fun. “The concept of my work began as a child growing up in the rural town of Arab, Al. I had a beautiful childhood filled with treasured memories and roots from a very supportive community of friends and family. My town was focused on the love of family, children and animals. We played outdoors all day, went swimming in natural springs, played baseball in the pastures, rode our bicycles until night fall, ran barefoot and played in streams. We always had friends and family to gather with.”
Through the years, Hornsby has developed a vintage-inspired style with a southern flair and her photographs have been described to be dreamy. “I seek beauty in every setting that I enter. I see light and emotion, and then a story emerges. I am in constant visualization of seeing the world in front of me as a painting before the shutter clicks.”
She delights in photographing children and their childhood memories in the most natural setting possible. “I enjoy creating works of art with children, which is my specialty, because they have a story that they don’t mind the world seeing. They are expressive and comfortable just being themselves, so they do not wait to be posed nor do they want be.” Occasionally, sessions are created in the studio but in working with children, Hornsby prefers to hold her photo sessions outdoors, especially if they have pets. She asks clients to search for their favorite location then a theme is discussed before the photo session is held. While she admits that “it isn’t easy to throw myself onto any and all locations,” through practice, she has found that it “actually aids creativity and I am never bored with shooting at the same location.”
While clients and locations may change, Hornsby’s ultimate goal for each session is always the same: “I live to surprise others with showing them what I saw and something they didn’t even know was there.”
Hornsby currently operates from her home studio and schedules on location shoots across her hometown area of Arab, AL.