Margeaux Bestard is a fine art and portrait photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her work is a detail of the gradation in human spirit and nature's intimacies. Her current project is building a series of portraits and still life images in her studio in East Flagstaff, La Casita Azul. A few delicately placed objects on her table are the subjects consisting of nature's odds and ends throughout various stages in their lives; from fresh fruit and flowers that age and eventually move into a petrified state, to silk ribbons curled around eggs on a gold rimmed tea plate with vintage linens and lace, or various types of found feathers. Often depicting an evocative emotion within a bleeding heart in someone’s hand, she is drawn to the power of love and its hold on life through various studies. When creating portraits, she works with people as collaborative models and moves to empower them by exposing their confidant beauty to the camera. Developing stories with an insightful vision on subject and light, her work has a whimsical glow.
When she's not chasing the light with a camera in hand she can be found guiding on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon rowing boats and working as a community advocate. Between the years of 2017- 2020 she served on the Board of Grand Canyon River Guides and served a term as President. Originally from Los Angeles California, Bestard has made Flagstaff her home for the last 15 years. In addition, she has worked with Grand Canyon Youth as a guide. She continues to work for Arizona Raft Adventures in expanding and building diversity within the river community. Last year she played an integral part in the conception and implementation of the Grand Canyon Relief Coalition, as a response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has participated in, and hosted events with both Flagstaff Mountain Film Fest and Museum of Contemporary Art. Recently she was elected to serve on the MOCAF Board.