Photography runs in my blood. Both my father and grandfather were photographers and creative entrepreneurs. For my 16th birthday, I got my first DSLR camera and began honing in on my love for creating imagery, mainly of my friends, family, and the places I traveled. Since photographing my first wedding in 2014, I've been combining true-to-life visual storytelling with my inviting personality for over 200 clients across the US and internationally while maintaining a sustainable and profitable full-time business.
Education & Resources for Photographers
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Photography Lessons & Mentoring Sessions
I provide photography coaching and lessons, starting at $400 for a 90-minute session. These sessions are tailored for anyone, whether you’ve just bought a brand new DSLR or you’re in the early stages of your photography business and ready to take it to the next level. Topics include:
• the basics of your DSLR or Film Camera
•transition from auto to manual (learning aperture, ISO, and shutter speed)
• composing & capturing images you’re proud of
• editing & post-processing with Lightroom, Photoshop, presets, etc.
• posing & directing your subjects
• ALL THINGS BUSINESS! — branding, pricing yourself, marketing, workflow, setting up your business legally, taxes, etc.
• portfolio/website critique & review
• anything else you may need help with
"Over the years as I grew as a photographer, Kiyah has been a patient ear, informative, and a great resource! she has helped to guide me in the right direction and I can say I’ve grown as a photographer because of her!"
- Renee jael, Previous Coaching client
Educational Blog Posts
Five Secrets Every Photographer Should Know
The First DSLR Lens You Should Buy
A Week In The Life of A Wedding Photographer
Instagram Live Q&A Recap
How I Prep Before Photographing A Wedding
Clickaway 2018 Recap
Celebrating Two Years of Entrepreneurship
How To Survive Tax Season As A Photographer
I don't know where I would be without the classes, resources, workshops, and mentors that have educated me over the last 10 years since I first began taking photographs. Now, I see myself in so many new photographers as they navigate through the questions and confusion that come with mastering this beautiful art. Few things bring me as much joy as teaching others about photography and helping them grow into all that they can be!
Digital: Canon R6, Canon 35mm 1.4 LII, Canon 50mm 1.2L, Tamron 70-200mm 2.8, Profoto speedlites
Film: Contax 645 + 80mm 2.0 Zeiss, Canon 1V, Holga, Nikon L35AF, Minolta Autocord, Mamiya DTL1000, Kodak Portra 400 & 800, Arista 400, Ilford 3200
Accessories: Holdfast MoneyMaker in brown Bison leather, Ona Capri Bag, Think Tank Airport Roller, 32 and 64 GB memory cards, Sekonic L-308X-U light meter
In 2014, my two good friends got engaged and asked me to be their wedding photographer. I'd always loved wedding photography, but I never actually envisioned myself photographing weddings. When they asked me, I initially said no! After more consideration, I agreed to it. I photographed their wedding, and absolutely fell in love from there. Since then, I began second shooting for photographers and photographing more friends get married to add to my portfolio.