Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Woods.
Kyle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember. Once I realized that I had somewhat of an “eye”, I decided to study film, specifically cinematography. After school in DC, I eventually bought my first camera and literally moved to New York. I worked countless gigs and would crash parties and events dressed in all black, with my camera around my neck. I began to build my portfolio and shoot creative pieces with my friends and family members. I have always been attracted to “odd beauties” or things that were interesting or unbecoming to the eye—not the stereotypical idea of beauty. After I shot my first wedding, I realized that I enjoyed being a photographer because it gave me an opportunity to be a part of someone’s narrative, someone’s experience. I realized that I had the skill and talent to bring out the beauty in someone/something that wasn’t necessarily acknowledged prior.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely has NOT been a smooth road. I constantly struggle with self-criticism. I find myself having to refrain from social media at times. It’s easy to start comparing my work to others and become discouraged or influenced by society’s standard of beauty. I had to become confident in my own artistry and not settle for less. I also had to discover what being an artist was, and allow myself the freedom to change my mind, try new things, fail, figure out what works, what doesn’t, etc.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the WDZ. story. Tell us more about the business.
Professionally, I am a fashion/editorial portrait photographer. I enjoy photographing people and LOVE avant-grade fashion editorials. I can obviously take a gorgeous photograph and make it appealing to the masses however I tend to desaturate the colors and contradict certain elements of the photograph to make for a more interesting, subtle, moody, mysterious shot. I’m drawn to odd beauties, or people/places deemed unorthodox.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The industry I am in is constantly changing and it’s difficult to deem that as good/bad. I appreciate it sometimes because it keeps things fresh and challenging for the photographer but it can also be annoying because things can become trendy, biased, and saturated. I try to ensure that all of the photos that I capture are timeless. I want to look back at my work, my catalog and be proud. I want future generations to be inspired by my work and know who inspired me.
- One Look Spread – $150
- Two Look Spread – $ 250
- Test Shots – $80
- Phone: 3233275745
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kyle.wdz
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