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When did you become a photographer? 

Kyle: I started shooting with my Dad during weddings when I was 14. After some years in between, I picked it up again and have been full time since 2011. 

What inspires you to create? 

Music and moments. The climax of a song, the big moment of calm just before the hero of a story gets to make their move or mark. These moments where the air is sucked inward just before everything happens.

What’s in your gear bag? 

2 Nikon D750’s
Nikon 24mm 1.4
Nikon 35mm 1.4
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4
Nikon 45TS 2.8
Nikon 58mm 1.4

Leica M240
Leica Summicron 50mm
Voigtlander 35mm 1.2

Do you have a favorite lens/camera?

I just recently jumped into the Leica rangefinder system this year and it practically never leaves my side.

What’s your favorite type of food?

Pizza. No doubt about it. You can pretty much win me over for anything with some za.

Do you have any other hobbies? 

Need some of those. Trying to pick up reading more.

How do you like your coffee? 

I love a good cortado.

What’s your favorite movie?

Back to the future for sure! Greatest time travel movie of all time.

Where are you from? 

Chicago, IL.

Do you have a defining moment in your career?

I think I always have these constant moving set of goals. Some of them are image based, financial or peer recognition. As of now it’s been getting more and more ecstatic clients and international bookings. 

Tell us about your vision, what’s your style of photography? 

I believe love is a spectrum. On one end is the happy rainbows and butterflies, and on the other is the more quiet heavy side of things. I tend to shoot more towards the ladder.

When you’re in a creative rut, how do you get unstuck?

Truth be told, I don’t have too much of a system for this. I relax some, watch some new movies or go record shopping and wait for it to hit me again.

How much of a photograph do you pre-plan and how much editing do you do after? 

I go into every shoot with a couple of photos I’d like to make in my head, and I use those as kind of stepping stones to the next organic progression. I do a pretty fair amount of editing after to get things in post to where they were in my head.

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Balance is important, how do you balance photography and your personal life?

I think this is probably one of the most import things. I have a really solid group of friends who I make sure I clock out and spend time with uninterrupted by work or emails. Creativity is like breathing, and if you’re constantly exhaling you’ll run out of things to make. You need to take time to inhale sometimes too.

What’s your best piece of advice for another photographer?

I think learning from and working with lots of different styles of photographers is an important aspect to learning the kind of work you want to produce and how you’d like to run your business.

Who influences you?

I try to keep this to a short list, but for a long time it’s been Sam Hurd, Sean Flanigan, Dylan Howell and Kristen Marie Parker. 

What would you tell someone who’s wondering if they should come to Over Yonder?

I can’t speak highly enough about my fellow speakers. Even I’m so excited to be hanging out with them! Over Yonder is going to be such a refreshing and casual way to get to spend time with some of the most impactful photographers I know. If you find yourself clinging to the darker side of things, this is the group for you.