Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyeana Knight.
Kyeana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
How did I get started… hmmm… interesting question! Well, it honestly started about four years ago when I thought I wanted to be a Youtube vlogger. There was a point when I really got into watching YouTube vlogs and thinking- “I can do that!”. But being on the cusp of barely being a millennial, I just never got comfortable being in front of the camera and letting people into my life. I still wanted to retain some privacy and I just felt like a 30 something-year-old YouTuber- what could I really talk about? So, I created a channel, made a few videos, a few travel vlogs, but it all just ended up being a lot of work for me and I struggled with keeping up. Also, being that I was a new wife and working a full-time job with a two-hour commute to and from work- I just didn’t see how I could make time to create content.
But over time, my interests started shifting to really liking naturally expressive/candid portrait photographs. I think because I am naturally an expressive person and have always had an interest in music and the arts, I was subconsciously searching for a way to release that energy and could see my creative self in the photographs I would spend hours looking at. I mean I grew up in a family of musicians, I took dance as a kid, played sports, and always loved theatre arts, but for some reason, I never thought of pursuing hobbies catered around “the arts”. So, I ended up using my vlog camera to take pictures of the things around me and on trips to try and release that creative energy.
Shortly after that transition one of my “roll- dawgs” from childhood needed some headshots to be an extra in a movie, and we got together and made a day of just shooting her. And little to my surprise- We/I had a blast! It was the first time I was able to infuse all elements of the things I’d liked to do-music, wine, and a bunch of laughs, and just allowing people to be who they are naturally. AND her pictures turned out good. She actually received compliments on them from what I was told. So from there, something sparked and I continued to play around with the idea of becoming a photographer. Picking the camera up, putting it down, picking it up, putting it down… but still being reassured along the way by different people that I had a gift and that there was something there. So, fast forward about a year and a half later… I finally decided to see my talent for what it was and gave it a try. I surrounded myself with more experienced photographers and started helping out with events, etc… and from there, the “train was in motion”- I was hooked. Being a freelance photographer allows me to connect to people in a way that comes natural to me, in a way that I enjoy. It allows me to bring laughter and smiles to people’s faces and allows them to be artistic in their own way by allowing them to just let loose and be themselves!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing worth having is ever “smooth”, in my opinion (and experience). Most of my challenges showed up in the form of “self-doubt” and being very critical of myself, my work, and my efforts. I was constantly questioning “Am I good enough to do this?”….”Lord, did I receive your message correctly?”…”Am I doing the right thing?”. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’ve always seen myself as a leader, and a hard worker, and someone who can deliver. But it’s like the Enemy “kicked it up a notch”, and really was putting in over time-doing his best to make doubt my gifts and abilities. The challenges that I’ve faced had to do a lot with putting myself AND my work out there. Being comfortable in who I am as a photographer. As a creative.
Please tell us about KKnight Photos – what should we know?
Like I said, I am a freelance photographer- that specializes in capturing natural expressions and movement for individuals, couples, families, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and small events. I’d say I’m most proud of two things- one, helping people to see that you don’t have to be a trained, professional, or an aspiring model to take great photos! As a person who is super-expressive, but feels super awkward in front of a camera, I know what it feels like to want to have pictures taken, but to feel like you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing! So, I like creating an environment that makes people feel comfortable to be themselves and see that candid, unposed shots are also beautiful because they show different aspects of who you are. To take it a step further, the second thing I am proud of is that I can help my customers get more from their photos by providing more than digital images. I help them have images that they can turn into wall decorations for their home and/or office to show memories for a lifetime.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Yes, I am blessed enough to say I have and have always had a healthy support system from my family and friends! I would say though, my husband has played a major role in the success of my business because he has always been an entrepreneur, so I have had the awesome opportunity to observe how he runs his business and interacts with his clientele. I think he does a wonderful job with balancing taking risks, being confident and humble in his skill, and also being about his business. So, I bounce a lot of ideas off of him. I’d also say the leader and colleagues of my church photography ministry have definitely played a role in my success. It feels good to be a part of a tribe that has the same passion as you.
- Portrait Sessions $110- $375
- Small Event Sessions $120-$600
- Specialty Print & Products (Prints, Canvases, etc.) $50-$200
- Website: www.kknightshoots.com
- Phone: 404-946-8650
- Email: kknight@kknightshoots,com
- Instagram: @kknightshoots
- Facebook: @kknightshoots