We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamrin Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamrin, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
In 2013 before I left for the army someone told me to “Get comfortable being uncomfortable” and since then that is my life’s mantra. It has gotten me through 4 years of the army and through deciding to leaving nursing school to pursue my dreams of becoming a full time photographer. To me it means don’t get complacent and never stop evolving. Once you’re ok with being in uncomfortable situations and embrace change, there is nothing that can stop your growth. Living by that mantra has helped me make business decisions that I wouldn’t have before like signing for my very first studio space & thriving. It’s made me ok with taking risks in order to level up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is truly just an extension of myself. I think what sets me apart is how I show my creativity in the way I see the world. I take my time when it comes to my work and I research the images and projects coming out of my area and even my state and find ways to produce things differently or something that hasn’t been seen yet. For example, I’m excited about a project I filmed in November that will be dropping soon. It’s a two part fashion film that stemmed from my fashion photography and wanting to bring it to motion picture. But being able to bring together a team of 30 between 2 days and them help bring my vision to life was a dream come true. I got where I am today professionally by giving my craft my all and learning every single day whether it be from YouTube or other photographers. I was and still am a sponge. I assisted on so many photoshoots and sets taking every ounce of knowledge I could and applying it to myself. Dont get me wrong it was hard in the beginning especially because you just want to be better and be one of the greats in your local area almost immediately but patience and passion got me through it & now I want to be one of the greats in California before I move on to nationwide. The lessons I’ve learned on the way is that you will forever be a student to the game and once you think you know everything there is to know you’ll never grow again. Also that it’s ok to ask for help or learn something on the fly. I’ve taken a few jobs that I was uncertain if I’d be able to do what the client asked because I had never done it or hadn’t done it enough to feel confident but don’t be afraid to push yourself beyond your boundaries and comfort zone and you might just surprise yourself. I want the world to know that it’s never to late to follow your dreams. I know it sounds cliche but it’s true & your dream may be something you never imagined yourself doing! Growing up I’d always tell my mom that I wasn’t creative that I couldn’t draw, paint, sculpt, etc. but now I am a full time creative and I started at 24. After going to college for nursing and being a combat medic in the army I knew I just wanted to help people feel better but once I started to take pictures of people and seeing the confidence and self esteem boost that it gave them I found a new form to make people feel better and by doing something that I truly enjoyed. So don’t quit & I promise you’ll find your brand.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First we would hit lake Merritt and hit all the vendors and see what they are selling. Then grab some Jamaican food and find a spot on the grass, eat, listen to music and people watch. Would defying to first Friday in downtown and then bar hop after that.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor, James Adams, has been there to guide me through everything since the beginning from learning how to use a DSLR with only manual focus to learning studio lighting and navigating the commercial world of photography. Without him I wouldn’t be this far in my career and doing this well! So thank you James I appreciate everything you’ve done for me!
Image 1 Model: Mika MUA: Andrea Orozco Hair: Taylor Grant Image 2 Joe Henderson Image 3 Model: Ashayla Harrison MUA: Andrea Orozco Hair: Taylor Grant Image 4 Model: Marvieon Wilson MUA: Andrea Orozco Image 5 Models: Remone Ireland & Awnya Bustos MUA: Andrea Orozco Hair: Taylor Grant Image 6 Model: Raja MUA: Angel Artistry Image 7 Model: Shaine Adams MUA: Andrea Orozco Hair: Taylor Grant Stylist: Mercedes Jackson Image 8 Model: Helen Garcia