We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Mock and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kim, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued an artistic and creative career because it helps me deal with my depression and anxiety among many other things. I was drawn to photography after my father passed away and it brought me peace and healing. It was a way for me to throw my everything into something so I didn’t have to think about all of the awful things happening around me. After that it kind of just stuck, I love taking photos, of anything really, it brings me immense joy.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a landscape photographer. I love taking pictures of nature and my hikes in order to help and inspire others to get outside. I would say I’m most proud of where I’ve come in such a short amount of time, I started seriously photographing about 5 years ago and I’ve learned so much, both good and bad. It definitely was not easy, I started out shooting concerts and the music industry is just ruthless especially being a female photographer, I learned a lot of lessons shooting concerts, a lot of people want you to work for exposure so it was definitely eye opening and it taught me how to truly value myself and my work. When the pandemic hit and concerts were paused i kept shooting landscapes and realized that this was my passion. Being outside, being in the wilderness, my body taking me to places most people don’t get to see and photographing them. Advocating for these wild spaces and animals, it is where I feel truly alive and where I feel I am making the most impact.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Colorado and there is no shortage of awesome things to do here. I’d probably take them to Rocky Mountain National Park and hike to Emerald Lake, it is one of my favorites in the park and is beautiful in any season. I’m also originally from New Jersey and the town of Estes Park has the greatest pizza place called Antonio’s Real New York Pizza and it definitely reminds me of home. I love that place for a quick bite to eat. Downtown Estes Park is great for shopping and it’s such a cute little mountain town. I’d also probably take them to check out some Hot Springs, with Mount Princeton Springs being my favorite location for hot springin. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All of my friends and family for their continued support of my art and photography.

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Image Credits
All images by Kimbo Explores Photography

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