Thursday, July 18, 2013

Photographer Spotlight: Kimmy Howard Photography

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?   
Canon 5D Mark ii 
-50mm 1.2L (favorite lens!!)
-24-70 2.8L
-70-200 2.8L
-100 2.8L (macro)

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'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. ;)

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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.

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