Karisma Goodell, a 19-year-old graduate ofEddyvilleCharterSchooland up-and-coming photographer, will beToledoartist Becky Miller’s guest for her first solo photography show during First Weekend Toledo on December 1&2. The show will be open to the public from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.
Karisma has been an artist from a young age and took her first art class in elementary school. She continued to draw and paint throughout middle school and high school. Although she enjoyed drawing and painting and even participated inToledo’s annual Art Walk her Senior year, she felt something was missing. “Some say I was good at it,” Karisma explains, “but I knew it was something I did just for fun.” Then Christmas 2009 came, and Karisma got her first camera. “For the first week I couldn’t put the thing down!” Still sure that Karisma was set to be a painter, her art teacher proposed she take random shots with her camera that she could then attempt to draw or paint. Instead, Karisma stumbled upon her true calling as an artist. “I got so focused on taking pictures,” she explains, “that I never painted again!”
Karisma became immersed in seeing the world from her unique perspective and taking others along for the beautiful ride. Still, it never occurred to her that her passion could be anything more than a hobby. “When graduation was only a measly two months away,” she says, “I began to panic. Everyone else was so set in what they were going to do or who they were going to be, but I felt lost.” An assignment to write an essay describing her dream job triggered the epiphany that changed the direction of her life. “I kept running through my mind all the possibilities of a career for me: doctor, teacher, accountant, etc. None of it seemed right. Then I began to write about how I loved to take pictures, and how, if I could do anything for the rest of my life, that would be it. I wrote about my wish to travel to unbelievable places, see incredible things, and be able to share the experiences with everyone. Pretty soon I had four pages!”
A year and a half after graduation, Karisma is prepared for the reality that making her dream come true will not be easy. She currently works odd jobs to support herself while actively pursuing her dream. Meanwhile, she has started her own photography business, which is quickly taking off. Not only does she indulge her artistic eye and sell art prints, but she also is doing custom portrait sittings, including maternity shoots, pet portraits, and senior portraits. She also does school sporting events, weddings and birthdays.
Photograph by Karisma Goodell
When Karisma launched her Facebook page, Becky Miller, who was familiar with Karisma’s paintings, realized immediately that she was seeing a blossoming talent and invited her to join her for First Weekend in December. “Karisma has a wonderful eye and the special ability to capture art and emotion in a well-composed image. I believe she has a great career ahead of her and am pleased to give her a chance to show off her talent to the community.”