Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weekly Feature | Ker - Fox Photography

Hey, Mamas!!!
We are so excited to have Neely from Ker - Fox Photography as our guest judge this week at The Snappy Mama. She has chosen the theme {embrace} and it is safe to say that many of her images portray this fantastic theme. Looking at her work, I couldn't help but get a little choked up. They are full of emotion and capture the realness and rawness of that exact moment. Please make sure you check out her work and give her page a like. 
Let's get to know our amazing judge a little better.

When did your photography journey begin?

I'm from Columbus, GA and I've been a professional photographer since 2009. I'm married to the sexiest South African, we've been blessed with a daughter and a son, who are our world. I've been given the opportunity to travel all over the world, but the place that stole a part of my soul was South Africa when visiting my husband's family several times. If I could choose a home away from home based on photography alone, it would be there. The landscapes, the people, the culture, and the wildlife, there is truly no place else like it. 

Name a photographer that inspires you.

A photographer that inspires me, also happens to be the creator of my favorite photograph. Elliot Erwitt. A living legend. His ability to capture a fleeting moment, and tell so many stories within that flash of a second is something I strive for in my career.  He finds beauty in the mundane, the everyday nuances of normal life, and he has one hell of a sense of humor. My favorite image is Mother and Child It's not your typical mother and newborn pose... Its real, she lays there adoring her baby, much like I've done with both of my kids a million times, imagining who they will be and what they will see in their lifetime.

What are the biggest challenges you have overcome in photography?

The biggest challenges I've overcome in photography have been finding a balance between work and family. It took years to figure out that I wanted to specialize. I was your jack of all trades photographer. I did it all, wedding, newborn, maternity, family, commercial, even big names like Jeff Foxworthy. Daily fed by my ego, that I could truly only be successful if I did it all, believing I was a failure if I didn't offer all sessions. I struggled with telling people no. And the ones that suffered the most were my family. As much as I love what I do, it should never be at the expense of my family. The day I decided to specialize in Birth and Documentary sessions was the day my business and family life finally balanced. Funny enough, by specializing and narrowing my focus, my business actually became more successful and I started making more money. I had more time with my family and over all I was much happier and not nearly burnt out like I had previously been. Shooting what you love, what you're immensely passionate about... well, for one it will feed your soul creatively, but also, it shows in your work.

What is your best advice you would give yourself if you could go back to the beginning? 

The best advice I could give myself if I could go back to the beginning... I would tell myself, to go slow, to hold on. Success isn't built overnight. Crafting a style that is your own, a business model that suits your personality and your clients takes time and most likely doesn't look like what Photographer X is doing down the street. I would tell myself not to measure myself to others successes. I would tell myself, that those photos I think are the shizzz, really kind of stink, but that's ok. If we don't look back at photos we took 6 months ago, a year ago and find ways to improve then something is wrong. You should always be growing, improving, and learning. Lastly I would tell myself to remember to have fun along the way, this is the best job on the planet. Sometimes I forget that during the hours of editing, culling, emailing... you know the not so glamorous part of our job that takes up 85% of what we do. Remember to have fun, and take photos of your OWN family. As much as I love blessing these families with priceless memories. Don't do yourself the disservice of not taking the time for your own. God bless!

Gorgeous work, right?! I can't take it. We really are so lucky to have Neely this week as a judge! Don't forget to get those {embrace} images in!!
Have a great rest of the week, mamas!

XOXO, Allison and the Mamas

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