My Name was on the Wall!

Ever since moving to Champaign I have been wanting gain more knowledge in not only street photography but just my craft as a whole.

I took this photograph “Vinyl Man” on a really cold Saturday afternoon in January at a local record shop when my friend Dakota was visiting. I had somewhat of a vision going into the shoot but the photograph I ended up using was not even one that I had in mind. Once we got into the record store I told him to find the most unique record. I loved the lines of the CD’s on the left and the old train ticket booth on the right. I broke the rule of thirds and positioned him in the middle and had my ISO and shutter speed low. I wanted the photograph to have a dark feeling to it, I also spent some time in lightroom getting it be the way I wanted it.

When I took this photo I had no plans to submit it to a show or to do anything with it other than maybe share it on social media, it was a little different than the usual portraits I had taken and I wasn’t confident in people’s reactions. However, when I saw that 40 North was hosting a show title Me, Myself and I: Creating Identity I knew I wanted to submit something, I thought about capturing something new, filed through all my old photos and nothing was standing out except “Vinyl Man”, the photo I wasn’t even sure I liked myself. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I tried something new, a new idea and a new tone for photographs and I stretched my abilities. I had conquered only a small portion of my goal since moving here 8 months ago, but I did it.

When I walked in the night of the opening I had no idea what to expect, who was going to be there, the atmosphere, the other pieces of artwork. I was pleasantly surprised that it was packed, so many people in the community wanted to support local art and I couldn’t get enough of it. My name was on the wall! I know this sounds naive but I was so shocked at how “adult” the whole event was. It was one of the first times in a little over a year since I graduated from college that I felt like this was what post-grad life was. It was honest, real and passionate. These were artist years older than me who were still finding art passionate, still wanting to create something that speaks to people. One of my greatest fears is being content with my art, photo or video and losing the passion and drive that I currently have. If anything, having “My name on the wall” at age 22 was a testament that passion for art can’t die and I hope that “my name is on the wall” again.

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2016…What a Year

Wow! Looking back on 2016 I am so blown away by all the sweet changes in my life and my skills! I am so so thankful to all of my friends who trusted me to capture them and to show who they are! It was such a fun year getting to spend time with couples right before they started a new journey, I loved hearing all of your stories! So many couples have already tied the knot since our session but I am excited for those who still have time to go. Getting to go to some of the weddings of the friends that I did work for was wonderful to see it all come full circle! The families and friends who were captured help make 2016 one of my favorite years.

Thank you to everyone who allowed me to help create memories!

Here’s to 2017! Im ready!

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Mahan Family

This was the first family I ever photographed or really the first people actually! A lot has changed in 3 years but I am so excited to continue taking their photos year after year!

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img_1337img_1351img_1360All photos taken by Kayla Myers in Champaign, IL

For fun I wanted to take a look back at some of photos I’ve taken if them over the years! I clearly had no idea what I was doing 3 years ago haha!

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Being a Creative

The simple textbook definition of a creative is “having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas”. Another version is “using the ability to make and think of new things: involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc are created”.

I wanted to explore this topic because at my new job I am considered the “creative” part of a team. When I hear or see the word creative I think of a lot of different things but I’m not sure if I have ever considered myself a “creative” until now. The part of the definition that sticks out to me is New Ideas! We live in an age where movies are based off of books and people would rather watch the latest show on Netflix (I’m guilty of this too) than take a photograph or write a blog. The world of “Creatives” has been around the entire existence of the world and it is not going anywhere, it has defiantly gone down in numbers though. People are not pushed to be creative anymore, although there are a lot of great programs all over the nation trying to fight this fad.

I think why it is hard for people to be creative is because they think they have to be perfect the first time around, that it needs to go viral or have a deep meaning. If I have learned anything from being a “creative” is that you have to fail, you have to keep pushing and you have to surround yourself with people who are going to push you in a good way. Every time I have failed I have either let it define me (don’t do this) or I have let it push me to be better, make improvements and squash those failures. When I look back at my work from a year ago I am always seeing if I have improved and hopefully I have in some way or another. I also try to surround myself with like minded people who know the industry or are at or above the level I am currently. I am constantly asking for feedback on everything I create. I want it to be the best it can, but I have to realize that I am still growing.

Being a creative in any form of art allows for improvement, there is always room for learning and collaborating. Especially in the video and photography industry! Collborating with friends of mine is one of my favorite things to do and every time it has pushed me  and stretched me in every way possible. Take peoples word for value and be constantly learning because every great creative has to start somewhere. Take those ideas an actually do something with them!

 

These are just a few of the people in my life who push my creativity and I will always be super grateful for them!DSC00057