In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, we’re featuring couples who both carry ONA bags.
We first met the Kidds at WPPI last year through Troy Grover (whom we also featured in a Photograper Profile!) and we were immediately smitten by this incredibly talented and good-looking pair. They’re passionately in love: with each other, with their craft, with the business that they’ve built of capturing the love and beauty in the world. What a perfect pair of wedding photographers!
ONA: How did you get into photography?
BK: I fell in love with photography at a young age. My passion for it must have been evident since I received my first 35mm camera as a Christmas gift at the age of 13. I was lucky enough to travel and see a lot of the world growing up and I quickly realized that photography was a way for me to hold on to a piece of each place I traveled to. I found myself constantly shooting, which eventually led to shooting my first wedding at 19 years old. By the time I was ready to make photography my full time career, Kristin and I had rekindled our friendship and began shooting together. Seven years later and we’re still able to do what we love together.
ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?
BK: Digital: Canon 5D Mark III. It is usually paired with a 50mm 1.2L or an 85mm 1.2L. Film: Mamiya 645 AFD on portra film.
ONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? Follow Up: What is your dream project?
BK: I love shooting portraits- whether it’s for a fashion editorial, travel documentary or a couple in love. I feel most fulfilled creatively when I have the freedom to craft genuine and authentic portraits. It might sound cliché but over the last nine years I’ve had the privilege of working with some truly amazing people and projects that I feel I am already living my ‘dream project’ by finding so much fulfillment and satisfaction in a career that I can be passionate about. We are blessed to be able to do what we love.
ONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?
BK: I think the hardest thing for anyone self employed is the day-to-day challenges that comes with being an entrepreneur- especially trying to balance your personal life with your work.
With photography specifically, I feel the most difficult challenge is staying relevant and inspiring while staying true to yourself. In such a creative industry it’s easy to compare yourself to other artists. Instead of allowing it to discourage you, you can use other’s creativity to grow and strengthen your own abilities.
Each year I take time to reflect on where I am as a photographer and how I can grow. When I look back over the years and can see how I’ve developed my skills it reminds me that I still have plenty of room for growth. It drives me to continue to perfect my craft.
ONA: Describe your style of shooting.
BK: Our style of shooting is to create a natural environment where moments can happen organically. We guide our clients as opposed to directing them, which I think helps to create a timeless image.
ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer just starting out?
BK: I think it’s good to find other artists that inspire you. But as soon as that turns to discouragement, you need to stop and focus on your own unique talents. There is only one of you- and the rest of the world has nothing on that.
ONA: How did you hear about us?
BK: Our friends, Troy and Aimee Grover, introduced us to ONA bags. When we got a chance to see them in person at WPPI we were sold on the quality and artistry of the bags. We are constantly receiving compliments on them!