Today we’d like to introduce you to Khamel Carter.
Khamel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in the Bronx, but I was raised most of my life in Stone Mountain, GA. In 2014 I graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology. After returning to Georgia, while working as a Social Worker for the YMCA Head Start program, I periodically worked on mixes for dance teams and editing podcasts. I also started to occupy my time with my camera as well, trying to learn as much as I can about photography and videography. In 2018 I completed the audio post production on a documentary for a local artist, Mike Lowery (@mikelowerymusic), directed and filmed by Square Table Studios (@squaretablestudios). I along with other local creatives, Jeremiah, Kyle, Maurice, and Blake, officially formed a video production company, Square Table Studios (@squaretablestudios), specializing in events, music videos, documentaries, interviews, promos, commercials, and weddings.
The more I grew as a creative the stronger my passion for photography grew. I spent months reaching out to models and business owners offering shoots, as continued to build my body of work. I started investing more in my craft, with lenses, software and other equipment. I was determined to learn everything about photography, lighting, editing, lens capabilities, and camera capabilities. I currently work at KIPP Woodson Park Academy as a 2nd Grade Teacher, where I use my photography to capture events throughout the school, with a plan to eventually start a photography program for those students interested in learning. David Alan Harvey said “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”, a quote that connects with my vision.
Has it been a smooth road?
Denzel Washington once said, “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.” Those words resonate with me because I know that there is beauty in the struggle. I continue to work on what I need to improve on so that my growth is not only evident to everyone else but mainly myself. I have a plan and I have a path that I want to follow as a photographer, and I am not there yet, but every experience I encounter along this journey brings me closer to my goal. Whether it be a plan to get lenses or other equipment, I’ve come face to face with costs, and a realization that some purchases may enhance my work, but aren’t necessarily a priority. Time is a struggle at times, not in a sense of I don’t have enough, but more so any time I have free I try to fill it with a shoot, editing, or learning. I am currently working on a Master’s in Elementary Education as well, so improving my time management to avoid burnout, but take more photos has been my primary focus moving forward. You have to sometimes sit in uncomfortable places so that God can show clarity and restore vision. I believe God already has my path lit, and he is putting me where I need to be at the right time so that I am ready for what he has planned due time. Everything happens for a reason.
Tell us more about the business.
Carter Made Photography is about capturing the moments, I want to take a picture that will make views it feel something. A photo takes a moment that has past and is gone, then turns it into a memory that you can relive. I specialize in natural light photos and event photography, I also do weddings, studio shoots, engagement shoots, baby shoots, family portraits, and graduation shoots. I am proud to be a business owner of two businesses, but to have a company that will allow me to grow in my craft is most satisfying. What sets me apart from others is I like to make an effort to connect with people, not just take their pictures, at the end of the shoot I want my clients to walk away with the positive energy that I put into it.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next five to ten years, I see the photography industry growing into a season of more opportunities for photographers. I see the exposure for photographers and their work is maximized. Furthermore, photos will improve with not only the constant updates to equipment but also the creative growth of photographers. Photographers will continue to push the envelope to capture images that will not only catch your eye but are new and fresh. The biggest shift in the industry is the start of the Collective Gallery founded by Cam Kirk, he took the structure and idea of a “Record Label” and applied it to the photography industry. The influence he has as a photographer will elevate the industry as the Collective Gallery continues to grow.
- Headshots start at $25
- Location Shoots start at $150
- Events start at $75/hour
- Graduation/Prom shoots start at $150
- Birthday shoots start at $125
- Baby shoots start at $125
- Family shoots start at $150
- Engagement shoots start at $150
- Contact for Weddings
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/its_cartermade/
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/squaretablestudios/
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