Business Name: Kimmy Howard PhotographyName: Kimmy Howard Location: Indianapolis, IN Style of Photography/Specialty:Newborns (child/family very limited June-October)
Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm the mom to 3 little ones Selah-5, Keenan-3, and Amara-1. My husband and I met at Taylor University because we played soccer on the men's/women's teams and instantly became "friends." We dated for 4 years and have been married for 8. We've moved around the midwest (IA, IL, OH) and recently made a moved to Indianapolis (hopefully for good!). I grew up in MN and NEVER thought I'd end up living in IN after going to college here, but I guess I'm a country girl at heart:) I live in the outskirts of town surrounded by corn and horses, but only 25 minutes from downtown Indy. I love being a stay at home mom. I wouldn't trade it for the world! For me, photography is an unexpected blessing. I majored in early childhood education and christian education ministries & never in a million years would I have thought I'd have my own photography business. It has been such an adventure and I love being able to meet so many amazing families and having a little "creative outlet" from my daily mommy duties ;)
Pure Blanket in Petal Pink (used as wrap)
What type of camera do you use?
How did you get started?
I stayed at home after our 1st child was born in 2008. I reconnected with a friend from college who was a custom photographer (something I had never heard of at the time) & I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. I needed a "nap time project" and photography sounded perfect. This was even before owning a camera. After getting a camera (started with the 50D) and taught myself my reading my manual (NOT my learning style at all, but I was determined to learn & didn’t have any around to teach me). Once I learned how to use my camera, I asked some friends if I could practice on them for free. Since I’m a young mom, most of my friends have little kids, and they were gracious enough to let me try it out. After I began to feel confident in my session flow and posing, I put together my website and started charging. Word of mouth kicked in and the rest is history:) I gradually raised my prices as my work improved and as the demand became too much for me. It's so crazy what this little thing has become. What a blessing it has been.
Little Loopy Blanket/Dainty Bonnet
What inspires you?
I guess I have a love for earthy/organic/pure things. I gravitate towards a modern farmhouse style & that style not only fills my home, but also inspires me as an artist. I love neutrals. Pinks, creams, greys, and browns are the colors that fill my photos. I used to think I just couldn't commit to colors, but now I know that I just LOVE earthy pure and sweet colors:) I think who I am comes out in my images & I love that everything I photograph is something that I would do for my OWN baby. I didn't used to think like this when I started, but I have learned my style through this process and who I am and what I am inspired by is most definitely evident in my final product.
What is your most favorite photo you’ve taken?
Oh wow, just one! It's so hard to pick, but I guess it is the photo of the sweet little girl all in pink with the Devoted Knits Pure Blanket.(see first featured photo) It has been a favorite for a couple months. I love it because of how soft and pure it is.
What are your other talents/hobbies/interests?
I love creating...it's why photography suits me. I love to sew, paint, draw, and love pottery. I wish I had more time for it, but running after 3 kids & running a business leaves little "free" time:) I was an athlete my whole life & love to run...but that's about the last thing on my list right now!! So, I guess, my current interests are my husband, my kids, and my photography. ;)
Kimmy's favorite Devoted Knits item is the Twine Blanket. "It's amazing for layering and getting that organic look", Kimmy tells me. So enter here to win your own Twine Blanket.