H E L L O , I ' M K A Y L A !
I am a local of Port Angeles, Washington and have lived here my entire life. Home is where the heart is and the Pacific Northwest is definitely where mine resides. I've been pursuing photography for nearly a decade now, and I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love most as a career. I am married to my High School sweetheart and we just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary in July. We share a beautiful life with the cutest dog on the planet in the home that we built together.
When I'm not taking pictures or enjoying their sweet company, you’ll probably find me enjoying the quietness of my cozy homestead, planting flowers, decorating my cozy home, Instagramming, crafting, cruisin' the road, sun soaking in my hammock, exploring the outdoors or dreaming of all things Disney.
T H I N G S I L O V E
PAINTING & DIY
PEONIES (ALL THE FLOWERS)
M Y J O U R N E Y
I’ve loved taking pictures for as long as I can remember. In fact, I remember at an early age being so excited when the ole film camera came outta the closet for special moments or holidays. This meant I got to take a few photos with it myself. It was usually weeks (sometimes months) before Mom and I would head to the local drug store to pick up our newly developed photos. After all, we had about 27 shots if I remember correctly so we had to make them count considering that developing film was also not cheap. It was always a treat sitting in the car and admiring the photos together. I was especially eager to see the photos I had taken. I was probably around 8 years old when I was gifted my first camera by a sweet lady at my church. I remember using my very first roll of film (rapidly), and running around the yard taking my first selfie and photos of my pets (below). You know when you were a kid and you should have savored the flavorful pack of bubble gum? But instead you stuffed your mouth with the remaining pieces by the end of the day so you could have the satisfaction of pleasing your taste buds every time the flavor would fade? Just me? Well this is what a roll of film felt like to me. At the time, I had a pee chee folder with an adorable golden retriever puppy sitting among some pretty green foliage on the cover. With this in mind, I set out to take a photo just as inspiring of my dog, with wilted dandelions resting on his paws might I add. Let’s just say, when I got the roll back not only did I get my dog but I also got the truck he was sitting in, the side of the house, and a portion of the driveway in the photo accompanied by a slight camera shake. My dandelion props were not even visible in the final photo. Needless to say, I was incredibly disappointed that my photo looked so awful sitting next to my school folder. I’ve looked all over the internet for that particular folder for comparison purposes at no avail.
As years went by, I continued to be awestruck over the camera and it’s potential. Middle school rolled around and digital photography made it’s grand entrance into my life when my dad upgraded the family camera to a 3 megapixel brick off of eBay. Then my friends were getting cameras and I so badly wanted one of my own considering how much I would use theirs and how fast I had worn out my Dad's. In time, cameras were coming out with a whopping 5 megapixels and come High school my now husband bought me my first very own digital camera. It had a glorious 10 megapixels and a swivel screen to boot! I spent the first 3 years of high school taking more and more photos now that I didn’t have to worry about expensive developing. Although this also meant I was hoarding thousands and thousands of photos on my parents computer and I’m pretty sure they loved that... I’m hoping you can sense my sarcasm here.
When my junior year hit, I more seriously acknowledged that Photography was a passion of mine that was worth investing in; something that I wanted to pursue. I got my first DSLR camera and decent lens, had it not been for my incredibly supportive guy it would have very likely taken a while for me to get a quality camera of my own. My senior year was spent taking a good portion of my fellow classmates’ senior photos which led to a lot of hands on experience, more things to learn and style refining. I was in yearbook also and it was the first year we got to integrate digital photography into the design. Yearbook was so much fun, that was one of the very few classes in school that I thoroughly enjoyed. During this time I was also trying to enjoy a Photography course at a skills center. I quickly found that I was actually teaching myself more by doing personal projects of my own within this class. Unfortunately, when my teacher assigned the class to draw and copy a generic camera diagram by hand I realized I wasn’t learning anything from her silly assignments that I couldn’t teach myself. I ended up leaving the class because I honestly felt like it was a waste of my time. I was learning so much more and so much faster doing things on my own. From this point I continued to photograph mutual friends as I built up my portfolio. I was also asked to photograph my very first wedding that year and my mom insisted that she accompany me to make sure all was legitimate. The bride knew I was an inexperienced student and that my mom would be there to keep an eye on me and make sure everything was okay. Yet the bride was completely understanding and happy to have me regardless of how inexperienced I was for the job. To this day, I’m so beyond grateful that she reached out to me and helped ignite a spark to explore the realm of wedding photography. It's an opportunity that changed my life.
I got married in 2010, a year after I graduated and continued to work on my own photography projects as I tried to grasp Adulting. I worked my first “real” job(s) as I continued to update my portfolio until I was happy enough with it, so I could eventually open my own business in 2014. I continue to set new goals religiously and I strive on finding ways to accomplish them. I’m capable of growing steadily in my artistic style and knowledge and I absolutely love being a Photographer. The possibilities are endless. I mean how cool would it have been to have my future self travel back in time to tell my younger self that someday I'd be taking photos even cooler than the cute animal photos I was inspired by? I’ve met the most amazing people on this journey so far and I feel so honored to share such fun, sacred and special moments with people. It’s something that I could never take for granted and I often times have to remind myself that I started from nothing. I'm still a work in progress know matter how many new things I can say I've accomplished in the previous years. Knowing how intensely I’ve mastered my craft since I first picked up a camera makes me so excited to see what the future has in store for me as a Photographer.
If you've made it this far... YOU ARE AWESOME!