What types of Photography Do You Do?
KDP provides photography services that include:
Tell us a little bit of your background and how you started with photography.
I grew up in Michigan and in middle school, I decided I wanted to be a photographer. Once I was in high school, I created a darkroom out of a janitor’s which was my first dive into photography. It was fun and it was real. I was able to really learn the skill because I had to look at photography with a scientific approach that included trial and error in a lab. In turn, this taught me how to work the settings and utilize lighting from the very beginning. I'm always learning new things, of course!
I ended up going to school for civil engineering and I only did photography as a hobby, mostly doing photoshoots for friends. I started working for a consulting firm doing civil engineering, but once my youngest child was born, I stopped working to stay at home and eventually took the leap to offer some photo sessions. I wasn’t sure how it would take, how much I could manage or multitask at that time, but my business definitely took off from there!
I really like working with people and I like getting out there creating and capturing beautiful moments. I love it. I love being there at the session with people, I love delivering the photos at the end because it's just beautiful. I like editing. I like the whole process.
A couple of years ago I started doing weddings and I absolutely love it. I've come a long way from those first mini sessions I'd offered and have self taught through research and practice for the different types of portraits such as newborns and others.
There are a lot of photographers out there, what sets you apart from everyone else?
I feel like everybody would say it's their passion, but what sets me apart from the others is that I like the artistic and the scientific approach. I think that is definitely different from most photographers.
When I see a new technique or have an idea, I go figure it out and use my determination and attention to detail to figure it out the best I can. This all comes from my technical background and it certainly plays into my photography. I enjoy when clients ask questions or inquire about their photos or technique. I like to show them why I'm doing things the way I do. I like to show them some of their photos which they love because it's nice to walk away KNOWING you've got some great shots and not wondering until you see them.
Another unique thing is an even that I created called Portraits of Courage. It will occur approximately every 18 months. It is a free event for kids battling Congenital Heard Defect. This all started when a friend of mine who’s child had a Congenital Heart Defect told me that her doctor had recommended getting portraits as her child portraying two different sides of her, and both as strong and beautiful. The idea was to have some portraits showcasing her beauty through the strength she demonstrates as a warrior of CHD and then to also be certain to have other portraits capturing her beauty, personality, and spirit having nothing to do with CHD, highlighting both aspects of beauty.
Later, I had a client with twins both having CHD. At a normal milestone session she asked me if they could do one photo of her son with a special cape and his Beads of Courage (children with CHD earn beads to represent different events in their treatment and battle) to capture that strength that was so evident and possibly use for something at their hospital. From this experience, along with what my friend had told me, gave me the idea to offer this special photo shoot for these children. I learned that many families do not have professional photos taken during this time in their child’s life because it is a trying time. Not only is there the aspect of having children that can in and of themselves be unpredictable, but also all of the other treatments going on in their lives.
Putting these ideas together, I felt lead to provide a day where it'd be focused on doing just that with the portraits of these sweet warriors, for free. Unsure if this idea would be well received, I created an event called Portraits of Courage and offered it to a group called Amazing Little Hearts based out of Medical City Dallas Hospital. The event was very successful with a full day of back-to-back short reserved sessions photographing children ranging from 4 months to 12 years, all of whom were CHD warriors. They were encouraged to bring their Beads of Courage or whatever other prop had meaning for them. They could showcase their scar if chosen to as well. We had some babies in tutus and beads and some with capes! It was marvelous! They were also encouraged to bring any outfit of choice for a regular, beautiful portrait. I selected, edited and delivered the best 3 to 4 pictures. I was blessed as much as they were, if not more! After the events success, I had confirmation that this was something I was called to do and look forward to the next!
So how do you how do you advertise your business?
I have a website a Facebook page.
Our biggest advertisement is word of mouth. People share with their friends in person and on social media.