who is payton?

I was nine years old when my dad gave me my first point-and-shoot camera. From my backyard to Disney World, and everywhere in between, that camera was by my side. A few years went by until I decided I needed something with a little more power.. In 2012, I purchased my very own Canon DSLR. I began to ask my friends to model for me and quickly discovered my love for portraits. When I started high school in a suburb outside of Houston, Texas, I wanted to find a way to incorporate my passion into my every day life. In 2014, I joined my school's yearbook staff. I learned a lot about graphic design and grew to love that as well. I became head editor my junior year. Because of the practice and knowledge I have gained, I have been able to work companies such as Birkenstock, Happy Socks, GlassesUSA, BANGS Shoes, and more. I've also been blessed the opportunities to shoot with famous artists like Blackbear, Mod Sun, and Johnny Orlando. I am currently 19 years old and hope to continue my journey as an entertainment and portrait photographer for all the years ahead. 

how i edit..

my lightroom preset pack "CHILL+CHEER" is available for download! this pack contains 5 color presets that are each unique, but when used together, make for a very cohesive style. CHILL+CHEER will bring life to your images and create a bold appearance that you and your clients will adore! grow, grow, grow, and let this be an investment to your business!


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i'm most active on instagram! follow @paytonhartsell for daily updates and sneak peeks of my newest work!