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Meet Daley Kappenman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daley Kappenman.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Photography has not always been my thing, at least not my main thing. Since I was big enough to walk I have been dancing and in its own way dance gave me a strong awareness and appreciation for movement, light and space. Growing up, I spent most of my time in the ballet studio honing my craft, but through the years photography has always had a quiet presence in my life. It was a way to remember my friends as my family moved frequently with the military, a way to suspend the temporal nature of dance, and now it is the way I capture the thing I have come to value most — relationship.

It was through a close friend that I was encouraged to pursue photography and it is because of the constant support of family and friends that I’ve had the continued courage to take baby step after baby step toward what is now Daylilies Photography!

I have witnessed and experienced, first hand, how beautifully life changing true relationship can be. It is worth celebrating! I am inspired by how relationship moves us, lights us up, and shapes our histories. The invisible magnetism of relationship manifests physically in the loose hand hold of lovers, the squinty eyed belly aching laugh of friends, and the shy way little one’s cling to the hem of a parent. It is these real, relational moments that are my job and joy to capture.

Please tell us about your art.
My medium is photography. It feels like and extension of my own “support” personality. Photography creates an intersection where I can help others celebrate what and whom they love. Through light, composition, and a little luck I capture the transition of a moment as it becomes a memory. I aim to capture it as honestly as possible. Your relationships are beautiful as they are. Your bustling family, your calm time-tested romance, your celebration of self-love. Each is unique and beautiful in its own right.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
My time as a professional photographer is relatively short. In that time, I have found success to be continually working toward a higher level of excellence, super happy clients, and a sustainable business model.

While I have only been a photographer for less than two years, I have been in the arts my entire life. Across the board, communication is key. Clear and timely communication makes your client feel cared for and allows you the trust and freedom to do what you’re good at. Artsy should not equal flaky or aloof.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work on Instagram @day_lilies or my website dayliliesphotography.com. I have also worked with Atlanta dance organizations Kit Modus, Immerse ATL, and Emily Cargill and Dancers as well as Active Sol Yoga.

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All images are by Daylilies Photography

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