Our Featured Artist for the month of August is the multi talented Kim Hill Photography. What we see when we explore her photos is her magnificent use of color and light. Some artists are masters of light, some are masters of using color to bring interest to their work. Kim uses both and makes it look so natural, as photographers, we know it is not. We also greatly admire her freelensing work where she is a contributor at The Freelensed blog. We highly admire her creativity and her artistic range, something not easy to grasp by everyone. She can produce technically beautiful work and at the same time create a flawed and unforgettable piece of art. Please give a warm welcome to Kim Hilliard, her links to check out her work are below!
Kim Hill Photography
How long have you been in business and how did you get your start in photography?
I’ve had Kim Hill Photography for 2 ½ years now. I have always been an avid photographer, but in college went into graphic design. I later had to quit working after I was diagnosed with an Auto Immune disease that attacks my liver. After going into a remission I yearned for a creative outlet, and picked my camera back up. I haven’t looked back since.
Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
When I first began taking clients I ran across Barb Uil of Jinky Art. Her photography absolutely filled my eyes with wonder and my heart with joy. Amazingly a year later she held a workshop here in the US literally 15 minutes from my home! I seriously thought I was going to die! Lol I was able to attend and the greatest gifts I attained were learning how to make these ideas in my head come to life, how to have confidence in my art, and how to value my work and time.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I wish I knew how to go from being a hobbyist to a business, and how to charge appropriately. I made the mistake like so many others of charging to little b/c I was starting out. This resulted later in me working for free or for less than minimum wage. At the time I was a stay at home mom, and would never get a job paying less than minimum wage and leave my baby. Yet, here I was doing it for photography. That ah ha moment really made me do a 360 and realize I needed to work for profit, or just give up the business. Thankfully, I got my act together, and figured out my pricing. Because of my health I limit the amount of sessions I take, but when I do work, I’m profitable.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is my therapy, my art, and my joy.
What is the best part about being a photographer?
The best part of being a photographer to me is being able to translate my life into something tangible to go along with the memories I have stored in my mind.
If you could shoot with any photographer in the world, who would it be and why?
Ah, hard one. There is no one person, but many photographers that I follow and admire from afar, and others that I have had the privilege of meeting and interacting with along the way that I would love the opportunity to shoot with. Anyone want to hang out? ;)
What is your favorite image you have taken to date?
Oh another hard one! Hmm I am going to go with a current favorite one I call “The Head and the Heart” an image of my daughter in front of my parents’ home which I grew up in. Also it was soon after I learned freelensing which really has filled a hole in me that was missing.
How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography?
I feel that photography rules have their place, and having a good base in them is wonderful. That said I feel that they can never single handedly triumph the emotion and heart of an image. Like Picasso says: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”- Pablo Picasso
Thank you so much for having me!