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Life & Work with Kym Smith of Springfield

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kym Smith.

Hi Kym, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started when I was around 10. I had a cheap little family camera that I would run around, photograph things, and try to get good shots. I would use a free web browsing program and edit the photos as best as I could, I thought it was amazing and took some okay photos, but the majority were kind of bad. Fast forward to high school, I took a photography class. I was able to learn more of the details behind photography, how to frame your shot and different positioning, and the thought process you have going into a photo shoot. This was the moment that I decided it was something that I wanted to get more into and become more severe with, my style was improving, and I was one of the top photographers in the class. I did not know how to translate my style, thoughts, and intentions into the photos. I decided to start doing photoshoots for clients when I was around 16, and I charged like $10 for 2-3 hours of work and hundreds of photos which was insane. Still, I did not know better and had nothing to base myself on. After a few months, I slowly started raising my prices as I improved. I found a list of photographers that I loved the style of and that inspired me and studied their photos to figure out what exactly about them caught my eyes. I spent countless hours figuring out how to edit photos in photoshop and the science behind photography and watched a lot of tutorials on taking photos and editing photos. One of the main things that helped me is learning to value myself, my time and expertise are worth money, and I’ve gotten to the point where I can see a client and see in my mind the photos we will take and the results how I will edit it. However, I am still learning and improving with every shot I take.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have had many struggles along the way. I knew what I wanted to photograph but didn’t know how to execute it. When I was a teenager, I tried to reach out for support and help from other photographers who insulted me and told me to stop taking photos and that I would never be good. There was a lot of negativity, unfortunately.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a natural light photographer specializing in fine art portraits. I am also known for my dress designing business, “The Magic Stitch,” where I can cater to photographers worldwide and work with them on photoshoots together.
I’m just really proud of myself and the direction I’ve gone, I come from the ghettos and have no aspirations and no one to look up to, but I was able to change my life around and start a new path in my life. I am a designer that has shipped hundreds of creations all around the world, and I am a photographer that has worked with thousands of clients, been published in multiple magazines, and won numerous awards.

Alright, before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I am always open to working with people and collaborating! You can reach out to me at Kymsmithphotos@gmail.com.

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Kym Smith Photos/ Kym Smith Photography

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