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Member Spotlight - Kyla Fear Williams

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Name: Kyla Fear
Business Name: Fearless Photography/ Kyla Fear Photography
Genre of Photography: Conceptual Fine Art, Fashion, Families, Children


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What's your 'photography story? (How you got into photography, how you decided to go pro, etc) :
I began my photography journey about 5 years ago when I started photographing my nieces on a regular basis because I wanted to have images of them actually participating in childhood, rather than posing for it. I realized that photography was a great artistic outlet for me. It was a way to show the world how I see it. I have specialized in children and family photography for the past 4 years and recently started dipping my toes into conceptual work and fashion and have been collaborating with artistic partners to create imaginary worlds. I am currently enjoying my exploration of strength and vulnerability through whimsical conceptual portraiture that is infused with a dark edge. 

Tell us about your very first shoot:
I was asked by my cousin’s wife to take pictures of her 6 month old because she liked some pictures I had taken at her baby shower. I had a poor quality camera and had no idea what I was doing with light, but that first shoot was what really sparked my passion. 

What do you specialize in?
My current focus is on conceptual fine art photography and moving into fashion photography, although I still consider myself to be a family and child photographer as those two categories are what make up my main clientele and I still really love it.

What three words best describe your style?
Edgy, whimsical, curious

If you were stranded on a desert island with only one camera, lens, and accessory, what would you hope they would be?
My trusty 5DMIII, Sigma Art 35mm, waterproof housing. 

If you could go anywhere and photograph anything, where would you go and what would you shoot?
Everywhere, everything? No, but seriously, I would love to visit New Zealand and put together some amazing avant garde shoot with masks and sheep. Maybe hobbits.

If you could be photographed by any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?
Such a tough question, but I would absolutely go with Jennifer Thoreson. Her female portraiture is all about strength and vulnerability and those are two things I really identify with.

What one tip would you give a photographer starting out in your field?  
Don’t listen to the jerks and seek out a good community. This can be a lonely profession, oddly enough, and having a support system of people that get your struggles… It is priceless. Also be open to a constant learning curve. The exciting thing about photography is how often you get to learn something new.

What websites/blogs do you visit often?
Pinterest & Instagram. Do those count? Also, Creative Live. 

What do you find most difficult about being a photographer?
Self doubt. Sometimes if I look at an image for too long all I can see is the wrong, and all I can think about is what I would have done differently. It can be very hard to view my work in the present because so much of what we do captures the past for the future to look back on.

What do you find most rewarding?
That feeling I get when I’ve created something that I am proud of. That feeling of contentment that can come from seeing my voice in my work where I know I captured the right moment, the right feeling. That is a powerful thing.