Kiesha Harper

"My creative work primarily comes from my independent projects, which is always exciting because I have the ability to dictate my own vision."

What's your first name?
Kiesha

What's your last name?
Harper

Nice to meet you, Kiesha! May we have your email address please?
Harper@harpers-galleria.com

What's your Instagram username Kiesha? We'd love to check it out!
@shotbyharper

KieshaPlease let us know your website.
http://

What is your location, Kiesha?
Country
United Kingdom

State / Region
London

Firstly Kiesha, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

Would you like us to recommend you to clients looking for a  Photographer near your area?
Yes

Kieshaplease tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
I like to consider myself as a visual storyteller. I'm generally entranced by human conduct so yes, you got it, I'm the weird woman people watching. This sometimes helps me to form some of my ideas behind my projects. My work consists primarily of portraiture, fashion and editorials. My rates per hour are $50 - $100. 

Kiesha. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
In 2012, I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in the heart of New York City, with a bachelor's in advertising and marketing communications and an affinity for the arts and fashion. My love for travel has encouraged me to immerse myself further in the arts, which explains why I am involved in the art of photography. Later on, in 2015, I proudly presented a body of work, Reflective Souls: Women in Society which dealt with the misconception and imposing roles put upon black women in society. 

Today, I'm consistently working on producing new work and collaborating with other creatives.

Harper specializes in:
˚ Fashion and Editorial
˚ Portraits
˚Advertising

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).
Yes

Our readers would love to get to know you more Kiesha. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

Often, photographers, style tend to be mundane. Whereas I am a flamboyant photographer, who enjoys both colour and texture! Leading to why I like to think of myself one of the most fashionable photographers. This could be why I was voted on the Refinery29 UK, best looks from Afropunk 2017 in London. 

Kiesha, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

My passion and inspirations in life are to use my platform as a photographer to create new opportunities for myself. While, studying abroad in Florence, Italy, I created a couple of concepts that I wanted to photograph. However, at the time, I never did photography, so I collaborated with a photographer. When I was supposed to receive the photographs, the photographer told me she lost all the pictures. From that day on, I vowed to learn photography. 

Who is your inspiration in life Kiesha? How do you keep inspired?

People who are underrepresented and voiceless are my inspiration. Hence, why many of my independent projects feature people of colour to create new narratives. 

I remain inspired by seeing other photographers create independent projects that challenge the media and social norms. 

We all make mistakes Kiesha; 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.
Luckily, I have not had any situations as of yet where I have had any regrets. 

Kiesha , 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?

Whenever I'm working with a large volume of clients, I believe it is in my best interest and the clients that I hire additional help to ensure that things go smoothly. 

Please tell us Kiesha, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

Time management is key to ensure clients receive the best from my service. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by my top clients, I hire individuals to work with me.

Kiesha, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I believe once you decide to be a photographer you simultaneously become a salesman as well. A story that comes to mind is when I was hired by an up and coming shoe company to photograph their product. The owner didn't believe in my vision so I created a vision board that way he could see my ideas and still he wasn't sold. Times like this you just have to remain confident and be sure when it's time to deliver the results, the images do not disappoint. Once, I delivered the photographs his feedback was nothing short of excitement. 

Kiesha, 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 with everyone. What is it and why?
My best moment as a photographer by far is when people observe my independent projects, and they just get it. When viewers feel some sort of connection to my work, it's a confirmation that I was born to do this. 

Kiesha, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My creative work primarily comes from my independent projects, which is always exciting because I have the ability to dictate my own vision. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

I encourage anyone interested in becoming a photographer, to begin with, a film camera. In my opinion, analogue cameras allow you to master the basics and appreciate the art of photography. From there on, shoot any and everything to develop your style and what area of photography you prefer. Go to meet ups and different groups to receive feedback on your work. Lastly, put your photographs on social media to gain exposure. 

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'm always eager to collaborate with other creatives in all sectors. I am currently looking for opportunities to photograph advertisements for brands. 

Now for the best part Kiesha! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographer: Harper @shotbyharper