Creative Confessions with KM/H Photography
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I grew up in the same teeny town as Kaylyn Halama sharing similar childhood memories such as Friday night football games and Sunday morning Mass. We both grew up appreciating dirt roads, smalltown accents, and the local Burger Hut. She is the talented photographer + creator behind KM/H Photography, which is based out of Independence, WI. Her photography style is raw, capturing genuine emotion with a fresh perspective, which I got to witness first-hand as she snapped away during my personal photo shoot. She is the girl-next-door with a heart of gold; her energy contagious – her excitement about life intoxicating. I sat down with Kaylyn and had her answer a few questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. And it goes a little something like this…
A LITTLE BACKGROUND ABOUT YOURSELF: Well, I’m a small town girl from Independence, Wisconsin. I grew up on a farm so I spent most of my time outside. When I was about 14 years old I started playing around with a digital camera—taking pictures of my kitties and flowers. I entered some of my photos into contests and placed a few times. When I started college I decided to take a couple photography classes, which led to getting my own DSLR camera. From then on I was obsessed! I went on walks and took my camera everywhere! I am lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful area—there is a lovely creek that flows right behind my house that never ceases to take my breath away.
I did not actually start taking pictures of people until about 2 years ago. A couple of my friends were very brave to be my guinea pigs while I was practicing with camera settings and poses. I found out that this was where my true passion was and that was why I decided to start my business. From then on I have taught myself everything I know! I am so thankful for the support I have gotten from so many people who have pushed me to continue my journey when I was ready to give up!
DESCRIBE WHAT/WHERE YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM: A lot of the inspiration for my work comes from other people and things. I am constantly looking at other photographer’s photos. I think I’m following about 300 different photographers on Facebook from around the world! It’s very refreshing to see so many different styles and draw inspiration from them.
I’m also very inspired by my clients. My favorites to capture are definitely couples and seniors. I love being able to document these special moments of their lives and they always evoke so much emotion!
Of course, I am also very inspired by my surroundings. Since starting out as a young girl, I have acquired a knack for finding cool and interesting places to take photos. I remember one morning crying on my way to work because the trees were so beautiful covered in frost and I would be stuck in a building all day unable to enjoy them.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAVE FACED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER: As a photographer I am my biggest critic! Sometimes I will look through my work and question if I should continue doing what I do. This is definitely something I need to overcome in order to move forward. To help, I have started blogging my past work so I can reflect on what I am capable of.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED DURING YOUR CAREER AS A PHOTOGRAPHER: You can do anything if you put your mind to it! I started my photography business when I was 21 years old. Anyone can be anything if they have a dream and the will to do it!
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS: My future is unknown to me. Five years ago I did not think I would be where I am today. I am excited to find out where I will be. I look back towhen I first started my business a year and a half ago and I am amazed at my growth since then. I hope to keep improving and growing as a photographer and professional.