18 Local Artists I Believe Deserve Recognition

18 Local Artists I Believe Deserve Recognition

There are so many creative people around the world, and some of the most creative and talented people live right nearby.


We all know about the artists that make it big on YouTube, like Jeffrey Starr or James Charles. We know about the big-name photographers, the brilliant artists, the most famous singers and songwriters, and the most esteemed writers. However, art takes on so many different forms, and some of the most talented people lie right in our communities. They're people we know, have heard about, or follow just because we admire the kind of talent that they have. These people deserve all the recognition in the world, and they also deserve more clients that can enjoy their work so they can keep doing the things that they love. Here are some artists that I, or someone I know, has suggested to me in the past or that one of us follows on social media.

1. Tate Thomas Photography 

So many people have shouted out this girl, and for good reason. She takes stunning pictures and can always capture the moment perfectly. There are countless shots she's snagged of people genuinely laughing and smiling with absolutely no posing needed. Her talent goes beyond just the camera, for the creative ideas that roam in her mind are abundant. Tate can make a photography shoot happen ANYWHERE and the pictures always turn out insane (once she even made a college study room a venue). She deserves countless clientele and a ton of recognition, so follow @capturedbyt_ on Instagram for more stunning pictures!

2. Nicole Brumbaugh's Art

Although I'm unsure if Nicole would paint for cash, she is an incredible artist who has painted some incredible things, and I'm sure would be okay with painting for a price if asked since it is her passion. She's put together paintings of Bob Marley, Chance the Rapper, and XXXtentacion. Follow her on twitter @niccolleeb to purchase one of her paintings!

3. Jeromy Laux's Photography and Videography

Jeromy has traveled to countless places around the world and taken dozens of beautiful photographs, both of people and animals. I loved his photography so much I asked him to do my senior pictures in high school, and I definitely was not disappointed with the results. I can guarantee you wouldn't be either. Follow @lauxcreative on Instagram for more beautiful pictures.

4. Chris Perkins Photography

Chris is an extremely talented photographer from central Ohio who loves to capture weddings and portraits – and he is excellent at it. Chris has captured stunning engagement pictures, wedding pictures, and more. His work does not disappoint. He also recently started a page for thrifted clothing for men, so if you're interested in thrifted items you can check out that page as well on Instagram known as @pocketchangethrift. For pictures, follow @chrispyperkins on Instagram for more quality content, or check out his website at chrisperkins.org.

5. Bloom Baby Florals

An integral part of any wedding is the decorations, specifically the flowers. From the stunning arrangements that sit in the middle of the tables to the bouquet the bride carries with her, the flowers in a wedding are a focal point for many. It's important they're spot on, and there is no better company to help you with that than Bloom Baby Florals. However, you can contact them for more than just weddings! If you need anything flower-related, hit up Bloom Baby and they can let you know if they can do it. Follow @bloombabyflorals on Instagram for beautiful wedding pictures, great deals, and stunning flower arrangements.

6. Kaleb McCaw Photography

Kaleb just recently began to pursue his passion in photography, but he photographs like he has been doing it for years. He captures everything from portraits to sports to nature flawlessly. Follow @mccawsphotos on Instagram for more pictures and content.

7. Canvisluv Music

If you love listening to goof music with chill vibes, then canvisluv is for you. The artist, Shawn Daniel, takes a lot of time to make sure his lyrics have good content and meaning, creating an entire album that you can't help but listen to all the way through each time. Even his remixes of current songs are just as good, if not better, than the originals. Follow @canvisluv on Instagram for updates on his music and art.

8. Macey Mullins on Odyssey

Macey Mullins is passionate about her writing and takes tons of time pouring into each article she writes. She is sure to write about content that means something to her, and she has no problems stating her opinion on subjects, but she does so in such a raw and respectful manner that you can't help but keep reading. Even if you don't stand for the same things she writes about, you have to admit she has a way with words that can be really rare to find in writers these days.

9. Trent Brown Photography 

Trent Brown can capture the beauty anywhere at any time, and that shows through clearly on his page. His portrait shots are incredible and each shot is unique to the person being photographed. There's contrast, dark hues, icy tones, and undeniable talent. Follow @trentbr0wn on Instagram to see more.

10. Sprinkle Me Sweet

Owned by Zoee Kear, Sprinkle Me Sweet is a business dedicated to creating masterpieces on an atypical canvas – cake. Each sweet treat is created with lots of time and effort, the ending coming together flawlessly to create a dessert you almost feel guilty for eating. The dessert sculptures show just how talented she really is. Follow @sprinklemesweet on Instagram if you're interested.

11. Myah Zerkle Photography 

Myah Zerkle has an eye for art and beauty that shines through each photograph she takes. From senior portraits to animals to foods to places she's adventured to, Myah has caught moment after moment of incredible pictures. She has gotten live action shots of sports, countless breathtaking sunsets, and nature everywhere in its most pure form. Follow @myzphotography for more.

12. Emily Arnold Makeup

Another form of art that many don't think of off the bat is make-up. However, some of the most beautiful creations come from make-up artists who paint on canvases that start new with each passing day. Emily Arnold creates stunning looks with various eyeshadow palettes and they never disappoint. Once she posts each look she even includes all the products she used so that others at home might be able to recreate the look if they'd like to. Follow @yesterdaywasgreat for some stunning looks and information on how to create them.

13. 134 Tunes

Sam Schafer and Austin Busold are two colleges guys with two guitars and loads of talent. They recently decided to take their talents to Instagram, so follow @134tunes to hear some great music covers (and perhaps they might throw in a few originals as well).

14. Kelsey Wilson Photography

She captures portraits, weddings, and the insanely in love couples we all love to see while we scroll through our feeds. Kelsey Wilson creates stunning pictures and comes up with creative poses to make for the perfect finishing product. Her creativity shines through in every shot. Follow @kew.photography on Instagram for more.

15. Boz the Rapper

Boz the Rapper is an artist with lyrical flow based out of Tipp City. He's been to quite a few venues to perform, both in the area and out of it, so try to catch a show. Follow @boztherapper on Instagram for more information.

16. Hannah Keller Special Effects Make-Up

It's almost hard to believe that the picture above isn't real. Hannah Keller is an artist both talented in the realm of special effects make-up and fashionable make-up. These pictures focus on her passion for special effects make-up, a talent made for the movie screens. If you ever need some help pulling together a spooky costume, Hannah is definitely the person to call. Follow @hannahspecialfxmakeup for more crazy looks.

17. AJ Arch

AJ Arch is a guy with loads of talent creating music from the very beginning with countless hours of time and hard work. He is sure to perfect each sound and layer so that the finished product comes together nothing short of excellent. Check out his SoundCloud and one of his very first songs.

18. Trigga Tray

Trigga Tray, also known as Tray Thompson, is a rapper from Springfield who has started his beginnings on SoundCloud. He has already dropped one EP titled "Life Sucks", and is looking to drop a new one soon by the name of "937". Follow @traythompson22 for updates and check him out on SoundCloud.

At the end of the day, there are so many people in the world creating great content and they deserve all the applause in the world for their hard work and talent. It's important to support not only your local businesses but also your local artists. They can create just about anything you can imagine, and it means so much more to come from someone you or someone else knows in the community. Find your local artists and support their passions today! While you're at it, support these local artists as well. They more than deserve it!

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!


Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:

1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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