Today we’d like to introduce you to Kailey Portsmouth Photography.
Kailey, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story is a lot like how I talk, rambling and all over the place. I didn’t always want to be a photographer. I took an interest in high school, as many do, but it was just a hobby. I went off to college and studied performing arts and mathematics. For a time, I wanted to act, wanted to be an actuary, wanted to be a teacher. Eventually, I settled into a nice combination of past pursuits in a corporate entertainment position. Although my job suited my education and interests, for the most part, I needed a better creative outlet. I took up photography again, still as a hobby. My passion grew fast and it began absorbing most of my free time. And then, I really got lucky, in that other people started to notice my work without too much effort on my part to put myself out there. I started to get asked to shoot for people or to get prints of my shots. This boosted my drive to keep going and turn my passion into a profession. Although initial interest boosted my confidence, it’s been a long, tough road since then.
Has it been a smooth road?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road, but it wouldn’t be much fun to talk about if it was. I’m a firm believer in if it’s embarrassing, difficult, or out of the norm, it’s probably interesting. And I always want my life to be interesting. There were many difficulties, money and opportunity being the most obvious. And I think there will be a lot more difficulties that come up in the future as I try new things or reach for new opportunities.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a landscape, travel, and portrait photographer. I am most proud of my landscape photography. It’s the least trendy and profitable type of photography, but it’s my favorite. I love exploring new places and capturing shots that show the true depth and beauty of a place. I call my landscape’s ‘dreamscapes,’ because I like to blend what I saw with what I dreamed it could be. So, whimsical meets real life.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! Los Angeles is a perfect location for all types of photographers. There are so many people and industries in need of a good photographer.
The good about Los Angeles is that there is so much opportunity for innovation, experimentation and art. The difficulty with Los Angeles is that there are more people trying to do similar things you want to do, as possibly anywhere else in the country. To be a stand out in a crowd of tens of millions can be intimidating. But believe in your work, your vision, your passion and have fun.
- Basic Portrait: $250
- One Look Headshot: $150
- Website: kaileyportsmouth.com
- Email: email@example.com