1,000 Beautiful Things

Tia Bailey of 1,000 Beautiful Things is a fine arts & portrait photographer located in the Oklahoma City area.  Her work has been seen in All Things Girl, Photo Focus, MatisseColor, ShrimpSaladCircus, Wadsworth Noll Studio, 9 1/2 Design, and adorns the walls of several office buildings and cafes in Oklahoma.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Although I was given my first camera at the age of 6, it was not until just 2 years ago that I became serious. I have always looked at nature and old buildings and felt some sort of odd connection.  When I began seeing them through the lens, it opened up a whole new world.  Combining my photography with my digital design background allowed me to create what I saw in my minds eye with the photograph that I captured.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Considering the fact that my camera is stuck to my face 90% of the time, I would definitely have to say taking pictures.  I am always on the lookout for something new and interesting to shoot whether it be a run down barn, an old abandoned building, alleyways, or still life.  I have become a terrible driver since I started "looking" all over the place.

Swingin II
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest challenge is probably seeing what others see.  When someone compliments my work, I still blush.  It is hard for me to see what they see, to accept their compliments.  I have had people tell me, "Yeah I can say I knew her when." But for me, it is just an honor to be doing what I love.  I am just taking each day as it comes and enjoying the ride.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
It would probably have to be Tree of Life.  This was one of the first pieces I had printed and it has been my best seller to date.  It gives me a feeling of peace and tranquility. 

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I grew up in a very small town on the border of Mexico & Texas.  All I knew was that I wanted to get out of there and explore the world.  I grew up loving music and writing poetry as well as performing in theater.  I always thought I would go to New York and follow in Madonna's footsteps or go to Hollywood and become the next Lucille Ball.  All of the "placement tests" said I should do something related to the arts. I always wondered where that would lead me.  Little did I know then...

Strawberry Shortcake Catching Light Series Umbrella
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
There are so many artists on Etsy & some that I have met on Flickr whose work I am just in awe of.  I would have to say that my biggest inspiration comes from

Lars Van De Goor
Andrea Barrett
and of course Mother Nature herself inspires me daily.

What does your future hold?
My future? I am taking it one step at a time right now.  I am working on a book of poetry and images. And at the top of my list for the upcoming year is seeking licensing for my images.  All I know is that I am in a happy place right now and am looking forward to seeing what's around the bend.

See more from Tia at 1000beautifulthings.com, Etsy, and 1000beautifulthings.wordpress.com