We had the good fortune of connecting with kim preston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi kim, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I don’t have a single identifying reason why I chose this career. The reasons have slightly changed over the years. It began in college with not knowing what I wanted to do in life and willing to major in anything that had absolutely nothing to do with math! But once I began my journey in the creative field, I instantly loved it, and I felt that my brain comprehended things more clearly with imagery. It all just clicked; it all made sense as to why numbers were never my forte.
After college, I went into the freelancing world blindly. I received little advice as to how to pursue my photographic career. Partly due to me not taking advantage of guidance counselors and not having extreme access to other people in my field that the internet and social media provide today. It led me to depression, and I considered quitting altogether.
I thought about going back o school but quickly realized I wanted nothing else. I finally understood that I love photography! There’s nothing else I can possibly do on this earth. So now that’s my only reason for being in this field. There is no plan B; this is it! Now, with a dash of more confidence, breaking down the fear of reaching out for help and advice, my career has been going in its proper direction. So to answer this question: I’m pursuing this career simply for the love of it!
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.
I primarily focus on portrait and fashion photography. I love working in the studio because it gives me control over lighting, allowing me to create different moods. On the flip side, I’ve begun to appreciate shooting on location and mixing artificial with natural light; there’s a cinematic quality to it. And speaking of cinema, I’ve recently decided to switch my focus to Still Unit Photography for tv and film. For those that don’t know, every film set has a photographer who takes stills during production. An onset photographer took every image that one sees from a movie when advertised. A still unit photographer is possibly one of the most published photographers due to marketing campaigns, billboards, streaming services, and magazines.
I got to where I am with a lot of hard work and inner reflection. I had to learn not to take rejection personally. I looked back on some of my older work and realized I wasn’t ready to take on high-end clients. Everything happened for a reason. I had many self-doubts that I’m currently working on and getting better at pushing those negative thoughts away.
My lessons learned so far are:
1. Not to be afraid to take chances.
2. Do not take rejection personally.
3. Have confidence in my craft because I become wiser and more talented every day!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ok, so this may depend on what time of year it is and what events may be happening.
If there’s a festival or concert, I would take them to that and drinks after, whether in mid-city or downtown LA. I’m a massive fan of 70’s music, so I’d take them to this fabulous 70’s themed bar in Hollywood or Motown night at a cool dive bar across the street from Dodger Stadium on Sunset. I think I sense a trend here! Music, drinks, and groovy vibes. And of course, if it’s their first time in LA, we have to do the beach! Manhattan Beach or Venice specifically.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents for fully supporting me in all ways. there’s so much I could’ve never have accomplished with out them. Lastly, the friends I’ve made a long the way who’ve encouraged me, given me chances, referred work to me, and even helped financially. I cant ask for a better group of people. Thank You!
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