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Check Out Kay Kawada’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kay Kawada.

Hi Kay, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Over 10 years ago, I had a baby and had a horrible experience with a newborn photographer. I was very intrigued and picked up a camera myself. It started as a necessity and trying to fix the photos as time was fleeing so fast, I never realized how deep the photography world was. I thought it was just a “click”. As I studied and practice more and more, I fell in love with the art of photography and being able to capture and freeze the time of the important milestones in a person’s life.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Absolutely not a smooth road. I must say I had to learn a lot about how to deal with people and the business aspect more than learning about how to use the camera. The customer experience I offer now came from the many mistakes, harsh constructive criticism, and many many mentors. Trying to find my own style was very difficult in the beginning also.

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 am a motherhood & family photographer. I capture the bond between the mom and baby and family members. I love seeing the dynamic between everyone and hope to be capturing the feeling more than a forced smile. I capture images for generations after to see and provide them with the very best materials that last. I pride myself on my customer experience and attention to detail. I feel like I am capturing people’s family history.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
My suggestion is there are many mentors out there but really do your research. See if they even talk to you 1 on 1 to see if you are a good fit. Some may have great talent but have horrible teaching skills. Not everyone out there is for you. I honestly just had to take my chances and this has cost me a lot of money but just tried to take away the positive and move on. It is a necessary risk in order for you to grow, career-wise and as a person.

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Jordan Keenan photography

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