I am twenty year old aspiring Fashion Photographer located in Southern California. Recently graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising with an AA degree in Visual Communications, I am now finishing my General Education courses to pursue a Bachelors in Photography.
Right out of graduating from FIDM, I was offeref a photography assistant position at the cosmetic company BH Cosmetics in Burbank. Although I am practicing fashion photography, Cosmetic photography has taught me to be more detailed with my retouching and has maintained my knowledge of prop styling. Ultimately, giving me a more keen eye when retouching faces.
I am an optimistic, ambitious team player who likes to collaborate and bounce ideas off of others. I take pride in my leadership skills to ultimately create the best photo that pleases the client and myself.
I love color and tend to keep that constant within my work. People are my favorite to shoot over landscapes. I enjoy showing a personality through a single photo.
I aspire to gain exposure and grow my clientele as well as work with household brands and names within the fashion industry.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Kailee. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Everyone in my family is in the medical field. You name it, Doctor, Dentist, EMT, police officer, Nurse, Pharmacist, etc.
However, I was never interested in that field. I feel I see the world with a very aesthetic eye and I knew from when I was young that I wanted to pursue some career within the fashion industry. I am the only one branching out of the family career field that will, “provide a job wherever you go” according to my grandparents.
Kailee, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My ultimate dream as a photographer is to shoot for Fashion Magazined such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Glamour, and more.
I knew I wanted to pursue a career within the fashion industry ever since I was young. I would always read fashion magazines and be infatuated with the aesthetic of them all.
Suddenly, I realized that the aesthetic I was attracted too was all the photographs of the models, what they were wearing, and the environment they were in. I caught myself ripping out the pages of magazines just for the photos and pinning them up on my wall. That is when I realized I could possibly be interested in photography.
In High school, I took my first photography class, Visual Imagery, and then advanced to Advance Placement Photography ending my senior year with a 5 (the highest score) on my AP Exam.
Who is your inspiration in life Kailee? How do you keep inspired?
As cheesy as it sounds, my mother is my inspiration. As a single mother with two children, she has taught me that nothing can stop a woman from being successful. She has won awards from her nursing career.
That inspires me and gives me reassurance that I can be successful all on my own and nothing can stop me.
A quote that keeps me going is, “God would never put you in a situation you couldn’t handle.” I believe in that quote with all my heart.
My inspiration will come from little things, music is a big part of that. Music is like the fuel to my fire. It is probably where I’ve gotten most of my photoshoot ideas from and where I do my most creative thinking!
We all make mistakes Kailee, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I had a friend who had just got hired to a modeling agency, and we agreed to work together and help each other out. The photoshoot went well for the most part and when it came to the retouching, I had missed a small blemish on her face.
While only sending these retouches to her, not realizing the blemish my eyes had passed over, I got very harshly criticized by this colleague and instead of standing up for myself, I let her talk to me terribly.
I wish I had stood up for myself more and not apologized because we were supposed to be treating each other as equals. I have learned to also pick who I work with wisely.
Kailee ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
As a photographer still starting out, I haven’t had much difficulty prioritizing. However, for me, it’s all about first come first serve. Whether with clients and even making plans with friends. I am loyal and dedicated to one client once we choose a date, and I treat my other clients the same. If there were an emergency of any kind, I would do my best to appropriately reschedule.
Please tell us Kailee, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Time management is a huge factor. That is the strategy for success. I am already usually a very organized person who keeps a planner, therefore, time management has to work it’s way in to meet all my top priorities. Whether it’s school, and meeting a deadline that was promised to a client.
Kailee, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
At BH Cosmetics, I am required to do a lot of prop styling with cosmetics. Sometimes, that means taking an inspiration photo and manipulating or recreating it to a new concept. My boss, the photographer, sometimes has me physically create some of the inspirations I personally picked out in order to give myself a shot at showing her my original vision for the shot. She always has the final say, and so far she has only made minor adjustments to the photos I have created.
Kailee please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
Landing my first photographer experience at BH Cosmetics which is a high reputable cosmetics brand amongst my age demographic. Doing this practically all on my own with the help of one friend and a FIDM assignment is something I am truly proud of and did not think I would be experiencing at this young of an age.
Kailee, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Sometimes, when it comes to photoshoots, I feel behind in the sense that I am not shooting often enough. This is due to creative blocks I get, or ideas that don’t seem “good enough” in my head. However, this is where I have the ability to be the most creative. I have to say that my curiosity of “lets just try it out snd see...” is what helps me produce my best work.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
Give yourself the ambition, drive, and reassurance you need! If you don’t feel good enough, keep practicing until you get that reassurance. Even if the reassurance comes photoshoot to photoshoot and you can see improvement, that is where your reassurance should be most prominent and rewarding of all.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for model agency collaborations, and any fashion or editorial collaborations as well who would be open to giving a young photographer a shot.
Now for the best part Kailee! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Models(instagram handles): @_atfashion_ @marymarie.nevels @clarkfit @amandaleighbudd @larissa_msv @mmatisse @sorayathemoon @Photographer: Kailee Carvalho @kaileetakesphotos