Today we’d like to introduce you to Krysten Johnson.
Krysten, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story has pretty much been developing since I was ten years old. I have always loved photography. I asked my parents for cameras for almost every birthday, Christmas, graduation present- any holiday gave me some excuse to ask for a new camera. Then I was in high school, I had a close friend who taught me a lot of the tricks and tips behind the art of photography, and my passion grew from there. I was super intimidated by the art of it at first.
So I initially started out really small- I began doing little photo adventures with my friends around my hometown of Newnan. I was hired on as a student photographer for campus events at Oxford College of Emory University and booked my first wedding soon thereafter. I have been shooting lifestyle photography (portraits, families, and weddings) for about six years now and I could not be more in love with it. When I am not shooting weddings or portraits during golden hour, you can find me helping delivery babies as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at night.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has been an up and down experience for me. The main struggle I have dealt with (and am still dealing with) is comparison. Like many artists, I love and enjoy producing original work, but it can be incredibly challenging not to put my stuff side-by-side with other amazing photographers in the area. I would be so hard on myself when my work didn’t look a certain way, a session wouldn’t be as equally liked on social media as some of my other counterparts, or even if I was getting overlooked/out-booked by other photographers.
That can be taxing on your work ethic and drive. I would get to a point where I would ask myself, “Why am I still doing this?” One valuable lesson I learned from a fellow photographer friend of mine is that a photographer’s eye is so unique- it’s the type of lens, perspective, and timing we have that sets us apart from others. We are telling stories with our work, not just pressing buttons and applying filters. Comparison is truly the thief of joy. I work really hard at my craft and try my best to make my sessions the most genuine expressions/experiences that I can.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Art is more than a hobby for me, it’s a part of my life. My artistic outlets make me who I am and I could not imagine myself without them. I am still continuing to grow and develop more photography skills and knowledge, but the majority of what I know has been self-taught and academically acquired. I focus primarily on portrait and wedding photography. I love capturing the beauty of real moments between friends, families, and loved ones. I believe that originality is king and creativity is key to expressing who you are in this world. Photography is simply a snapshot of everyday life.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Adaptability and Patience- I have really had to embrace the essence of how to go with the flow and accept that “success” does not just happen overnight. I have learned more from being slow to speak and quicker to listen when encountering new experiences. Nothing about what I do is cut and dry (as much as I would love for it to be sometimes). There are moments when I have to get creative with the timing, space, and individuals that I work with in order to make the most unique photography experiences. I also had to understand that art is a gradual process. I had to continually stay humble and grow in technical and physical knowledge in order to develop my skills as an artist and businesswoman.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kajeviewphoto
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kajeviewphoto/
Madison Hernandez Photo (my personal photo/headshot)