Interview with Kaylee Kuter: A Journey into Photography

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Taya Ivanova
  By Taya Ivanova
Interview with Kaylee Kuter: A Journey into Photography

Kaylee Kuter is a person of many interests and talents. Her portfolio is filled with raw photos of nature, people, and details. It even has a special section for Polaroids. This exciting combination will make you want to travel, appreciate your local surroundings, meet new people, and experiment with film photography.

In this interview, Kaylee talks about creative blocks, making models feel comfortable in front of the camera, her love for traveling, and much more. I hope her passion for photography inspires you to relentlessly nurture your own.

Who/what inspired you to start taking photos?

I think it was around fourth grade when someone gave me a disposable while I was out visiting my grandparents in Arizona for spring break. I thought it was the coolest thing having my own camera being able to take photos as my family had on their wall, of the animals at the zoo, up my brother’s nose. I could take photos of whatever I wanted and they would be printed and I would be able to hold them in my hands. That’s a pretty intense thing for a kid, or it was for me at least. From that point on I always had a camera of some sort around whether it be mine or a family members. My grandpa, years later gave me my first “big kid” camera which introduced me to the beautiful world of film and darkroom photography in high school which is when I really fell in love with photography and light.

How do you make your models feel comfortable in front of the camera?

When I meet up with my models I make sure to get to spend the first 15 minutes or so of the shoot chatting with them and kinda talk through the plan and any ideas they have for the shoot. I try to be super open and bubbly and folks usually reflect that energy in themselves.

How do you deal with creative blocks?

When I get in a slump I take a day or so and go out and explore. I’ll pack my backpack with some good snacks, my notebook, and my camera, turn my phone on airplane mode and go on an adventure. Sometimes it’s just a nice walk downtown or a two-day road trip into the middle of nowhere. I clear my mind and go out to just see things, no agenda or anything, I just wonder.

What 3 tips would you give to aspiring landscape photographers?

  • Once you have the big picture, stop and look at what makes that up. I feel like a lot of people overlook the details but without them, you’d have no big picture, to begin with.
  • If you see a photo, take it. Even if you’re trying to reach that mountain peak by sunset to catch that perfect golden hour, wherever you’re at when you see that photo, is where you’re meant to be. Don’t pass up a moment because it might be your only one there.
  • Keep moving and seeing new things. The more you see, the more diverse photographs you get which keeps the spirit (and portfolio) fresh.

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would it be?

No one specific comes to mind. I’m more of a mountain person than a people person.

What do you wish every photographer knew?

No one has to like what you do except you.

How has photography changed the way you feel about yourself?

Through photography, I’ve become more confident in myself and my artwork. My camera for a long while gave me something to hide behind and I think that was the first step in getting outside of my bubble. With a camera in hand, it kinda gives me an excuse to randomly walk up to someone and start up a conversation which I normally wouldn’t do.

What photography-related advice would you give to your younger self?

It’s alright to let it come and go, sometimes it’s not good to force it. Take a break.

If you could become experienced in any other photography genre, what would it be?

Creative portraits. I’ve been watching some folks lately that are truly inspiring in their color theory and how they photograph individuals outside of the box. I love it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Somewhere mind blowing with my camera in hand. I don’t have any definite plans except to keep moving, seeing new places, and making new friends, and to not settle. There’s so much to see in the world and human connections to make, foods to try, I want to keep doing it all until I die.

You can see more of Kaylee’s work on her website and on Instagram.

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Taya Ivanova
I'm an admirer of nature, a photographer, and a curious reader. Writing about photography and helping others improve is a growing passion of mine. My constant wish is to inspire others to be creatively fearless and endlessly curious. "Always dream bigger is my advice to you, because you can have whatever your heart desires" - Ashley Graham

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