We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Kimball and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The thought of sitting at a desk with a 9-5 job was the last thing I could ever see myself doing. Going through the same motions everyday would honestly drive me insane. I knew part of me needed that adrenaline rush of creating, but I didn’t know what that entailed. When I was in middle school my parents definitely noticed me taking pictures on my phone of everything I saw. This led to me getting my first camera. Learning the in’s and out’s of it sparked that adrenaline rush. Photography was something very new to me but with the whole world as my canvas the possibilities are limitless. An artistic career gives me that endless opportunity to learn, experiment, and collaborate with such a diverse community. When I compose that photograph, edit it, and then see the face of my client in awe it gives me a reason to keep going and create more unique content. I think that’s why I love it so much. Photography is constantly changing, so everyday is something new.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a photographer I approach in a non technical way. I try not to focus on my camera settings and instead focus on my composition and what I could do post process. By experimenting with new lighting, whether that be working with colored led’s, shooting in direct sunlight, or being in the complete dark, it helps me spark new concepts and ideas that I can incorporate into what my clients may want. Some of my favorite photographs have been through experimenting and happy accidents. Vuboy Productions has definitely helped get my name out there and help grow my portfolio in areas of photography that I probably wouldn’t have considered attempting. Getting started was the opposite of easy. It took years to build a portfolio, get clients, build a website, and learn. There were definitely moments where I felt defeated, questioning if this was what I supposed to do. However, when I look back to when I first started to now my growth is tremendous. Seeing that improvement made me realize that I couldn’t give up and to take every opportunity that came my way. And that’s exactly what I did. I’ve done everything from journalism, engagements, senior portraits, cheer, fashion, and even crossfit. In order to get that experience, I had to do the whole spectrum of photography whether or not I enjoyed it. Having done such a variety of different work, my style is always changing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dallas is a huge hotspot for adventure! Taking a ride through the city on one of the electric scooters is must, and along the ride Klyde Warren Park makes for a perfect place to stop. A few of my go to restaurant places are Biscuit Bar and Shake Shack. Highly recommend the Hot Hot Chicken from Biscuit Bar, it’s to die for! Deep Ellum is another unique place where you can find art galleries, concert venues, and even street art. Also, Dallas almost always hosts pop up museums such as Sweet Tooth Hotel and Candytopia. These places are the perfect photo opportunity, plus it’s a fun excuse to dress up in correlation to the theme of the museum!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First, I would like to thank my parents for constantly supporting me and never having any doubts that I wouldn’t succeed. They were and still are the biggest reason I do what I love. I know they want to see me thrive in the art world, so that’s what drives me to get up in the morning and make photographs. My sister, Charlotte, also inspired me to take the chance as an artist. She’s a welder, so seeing her be successful gave me that confidence of “if she can do it, so can I.” Secondly, I would like to thank my high school photography teacher, Ms. Towes. Although she was extremely hard, I knew she saw something in me that I never saw in myself. Lastly, Jacob Vu has been a huge influence on me. He trusted me enough to be his photographer for Vuboy Productions. Without him I would not be where I am today. It’s been a bumpy 4 years of creating with Jacob, but I can confidently say that with struggling times comes with great opportunity and prosperity. So, thank you for motivating me to do what I do best.