My background as a graphic designer was what initially got me into photography because we had to shoot our work for our portfolio. Eventually, photography became an avid hobby, then paid gigs started popping up here and there.
Once I graduated, I moved out to Columbus, OH, was tossed around from job to job, never really finding anything that fit my fancy. After having been in the agency world for the last year and a half, I reached a point where I decided I wanted to do my own thing.
Roughly four months ago I went full-time freelance. My primary focus is photography, shooting a variety of things that come my way from commercial work for local agencies to personal projects just for the hell of it.
My biggest struggle right now, honestly, is trying to create a cohesive brand for myself. I am trying to make a bigger, more respectable name for myself, hence why I'm here chatting with you guys.
I won't be offended if you choose not to publish my stuff...I'll only push myself harder. Regardless though, I appreciate you taking the time to read this.
Keep on kicking ass!
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Kyle. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I truly believe in The power of conversation — reaching out to people. the more people you talk to, the more doors open up for you in ways you would never have expected.
Likewise, you find ways to serve others by utilizing your skills, whatever they may be, for unselfish agendas.
I've been laid off, fired from, and quit two jobs. I'm only 25 years young, but I know one truth: do what you love to do. You've only got one life to live, why waste it in a cubicle?
Kyle, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Graphic design as a major required us to have an understanding of photography so we could get some great shots of our work for our portfolios.
But I also had a hot friend. So I asked her if I could shoot her, she was game. And that, it seems, was the gateway gal into shooting the beautiful women that people come to my Instagram to see.
The intimate moments, the bonds and relationships that I'm able to foster with the girls, every single shoot I learn more about myself. More about how to truly love people in my life.
Who is your inspiration in life Kyle? How do you keep inspired?
Instagram is an awesome way for me to keep inspired on the daily. Some of the people that I follow have proven to be incredibly inspirational to me. I see what they are doing in their businesses, in life, and I say, man, how do I get myself to rise to that level?
Then I talk to people. Ask them questions, see how they did it. And repeat.
We all make mistakes Kyle; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Like I mentioned previously, in my capacity, I create beautiful images with beautiful people. It is unfortunately easy for me to fall in love with my work.
I know that if I truly hope to maintain a career shooting the sexy things I do, I must suppress any want for more. It is in those instances where, if I so choose to act on any urges, the relationships do not seem to last nearly as long as they would otherwise if I kept the relationship buttoned up and professional.
I am not a master of this yet, but I am striving to consciously keep myself on track as a young, professional photographer.
Kyle , 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?
Because of my agency experience, I'm used to switching gears on the fly. Tight deadlines are commonplace.
Through a mix of communication, awareness of deadlines, and self-discipline, I strive to maintain solid working relationships with my clients by delivering what they ask for. On time.
Please tell us, Kyle, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Working out in my gym one evening, a guy named Brandon Wynn walked in. I knew him as something of a celebrity within the gymnastics world as he's a medalist at Worlds', been featured on the cover of Muscle Fitness, been in GQ, I can go on, but you get the gist of him.
Understanding that most do not like to be interrupted during their workouts, I simply introduced myself and welcomed him to the neighbourhood.
After the fact, I sent him an email, establishing myself as a photographer and that if he were to ever find a need for some images, to feel free to reach out.
Shortly after receiving the email, Brandon got back to me and told me that he was creating a new product that he would be needing awesome photos for.
About a year and a half later, he and I have shot together multiple times and continue to maintain a great, professional relationship. I'm currently cooking up an excuse to fly myself out to Santa Monica to shoot him yet again. Stay tuned!
Kyle, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
The Ohio Democratic Party wanted my agency to create the invitations for the State Dinner (Obama was the Keynote). Side note, the agency I worked for was a minority-owned agency, and in this equation, as a white male, I was a minority in the office.
As the lead designer on that project, I knew that an infusion of my photographic eye and design skills were going to be the perfect solution for this project.
Utilizing a stock portrait of our former President, I wanted to focus on the fact that Barack was the first President to bring colour into the White House. I presented the idea to the bosses and then the Democrats, and immediately everyone was on-board with the idea.
We were able to attend the State Dinner, during which numerous people came up to my bosses, complimenting them on the stellar aesthetic. It was something so far from the norm that it couldn't remain unseen.
Kyle, 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?
Lewis Howes has a podcast on Spotify that I've been listening to a lot recently. In it, he mentions to the listeners that if they like anything, if they respond to anything, to tag him on Insta. He has roughly 400,000 followers.
I tagged him one day, and thanked him for what he was doing, briefly explaining that I'd recently gone freelance and that his podcasts were the right inspiration at the right time.
Lewis responded by saying that he was delighted the podcasts were paying off for me, then asked if I was going to the Summit of Greatness. He sent me the link, I checked it out, and when I saw the ticket price ($$$$), I told him, look, man, it would be a dream to attend, but honestly, this is way out of my price range right now. But, seeing that he'd be coming to my hometown for the event, I offered to photograph him if he needed as it was the least I could do for what he's done for me.
"How much would you be willing to afford?" he asked me.
I said roughly about a third, but please don't make an exception for me as this isn't something I'd do with my services.
"Here's the deal..." he said. His deal was this: if I take my camera with me to the event, get some dope photos, he'd chop 3/4 off the ticket price for me. He immediately sent me a promo code and bought the tickets five min later.
The event was full of like-minded individuals — people who know they aren't perfect, people who are looking to make significant changes in their lives, careers, and relationships. And they all want to talk to you. The energy was spectacular; I met a wonderful girl in the process whom I've pushed myself to say, you know what, I truly value having you in my life, and I want to work to maintain this relationship more so than I have in the past.
Photography did not make me thousands of dollars. What it did was help me to get my foot in the door that would open up to a hallway FULL of other doors. All are waiting to be opened at one point or another.
Kyle, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Creativity is a must for me. I try to maintain a certain level of it in everything I shoot whether it is a wedding, girls, box cutters, you name it, I try not to stifle it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Watch a ton of youtube videos; you can learn to do anything just by doing that. Ask questions, reach out to people, and above all, quoting NIKE here...Just Do It.
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 young in my career. I've done a good bit, but I'd be the first to acknowledge the fact that I still have a lot to learn.
Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what all you may be able to offer me, but I'm keeping an open mind, and thus, trying to keep my options open.
Now for the best part Kyle! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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