Today we’d like to introduce you to Kamrin Lewis.
Kamrin, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My passion for photography started in the 4th grade.
One of our assignments was to take portraits of ourselves to send to our pen pals. It was my first experience with a camera, and the first time I got to create something of my own on my own.
Being raised in West Oakland and not having as much accessibility as kids from the suburbs, that moment played a fundamental role in igniting my passion for photography.
I was busy, though, and invested in extracurricular activities. However, I always knew that I would come back to the lens. Most of my friends say I’ve lived many lives.
At 22, I was deployed to Afghanistan. During my time there, I promised myself that once I got back to the states, I would get back into the arts, pour into my creativity, and explore if my passion was still there by buying a camera. I fulfilled that promise when I got back. Everywhere I went, so did my camera. The quality of the photos wasn’t great, but the passion was. I traveled to Kingston, Montreal, New York, and Boston just to name a few, and took photos of the people I traveled with as practice.
As time went on, and I kept practicing, I started to become better. I ended up teaching myself how to edit and paid people to shoot with me (that’s right) to build my portfolio. At the time, I was in nursing school. It didn’t align with my passion, so I decided to apply to the Academy of Arts in San Francisco.
I started the next semester. Now, I’m a college graduate with a BFA in Commerical Photography.
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’ve learned the most about myself personally and professionally when life throws challenges my way. It would be a disservice to my evolution to be able to go down a smooth road.
There are moments when my imposter syndrome takes a life of its own. Especially, if I don’t work through it properly. Social media is the driver for marketing yourself and your business. It also involves scrolling a lot and seeing the accomplishments of others.
It’s easy to compare, pinpoint my shortcomings, the achievements of others that I have yet to make, etc.
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 specialize in beauty, product & Editorial fashion photography.
Being from West Oakland, I’m most proud of my degree. As an artist, I’m most proud of my fashion films. My innovation and vision set me apart from others. I always try to share a piece of home in my art. There’s so much culture in Oakland and within the Black community.
It’s extremely important for me to celebrate both in my work.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: klicksbykam.com
- Instagram: @klicksbykam
- Facebook: Kamrin Lewis
- Twitter: @klicksbykam
Headshot photographed by @__pix7