We had the good fortune of connecting with Keira Hand and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keira, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I began my journey into wedding photography through my Fine Arts degree – starting off with photography using old school techniques of shooting, developing, and printing my own film negatives. From there I began to explore my fascination with emotional expression in my work, and after college weddings seemed like a great way to blend my artistic desires and love of emotional expression into a business plan.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I try in my work to blend a photo journalistic approach as well as a creative/editorial vision. What I love more than anything is creating an amazing artistic composition that is strengthened by authentic emotional moments between my clients, I find that is something not many people are doing, typically it is one or the other – very stylized or very Photojournalistic. I’ve found that the key to developing as an artist is not being afraid to fail and constantly experimenting with new concepts. I also have realized in my professional career that the best way to find the clients that most align with my vision is through being unashamedly myself, regardless of how weird that person is. For the first couple of years in business I tried to fit the mold of what I thought a professional high end wedding photographer was – polished, highly professional, cookie cutter. It wasn’t until I started dying my hair and getting visible tattoos and allowing myself to be weird as hell around potential clients did I really find my place in the industry with clients I truly love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well with a recently picked up hobby of mountain biking, I’d absolutely try to convince them to come biking with me at my favorite spot Spider Mountain! It’s downhill mountain biking and so much fun. After getting completely exhausted doing that, we’d hit up Chuy’s to gorge ourselves on queso and cheese. I’d also definitely be taking them to Pinballz to play retro video games, and grab drinks at a new favorite speakeasy of mine, Here Nor There. If they’re here on a Tuesday, I’d also invite them to come roller skating with me for adult night at Playland Skate!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends Aubre Salas(Gypc Girl Photography) & Josh Baker(Azulox Photography), they have both been critical in my development both in my business knowledge and development as a photographer.
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