Business Name: Kylee Swisher Photography
Name: Kylee Swisher
Location: Rhome, Texas
Tell us about yourself and your business.
Hi there! I’m Kylee, the owner and photographer of Kylee Swisher Photography. I am based in the northern DFW area in Texas, and specialize in high school seniors. I started my photography career just one year ago, and have dedicated a lot of time and practice into becoming a talented photographer and a successful business owner. I love specializing in seniors because they are SO much fun to work with! I love goofing off and having with them, forming relationships with them, and most importantly- letting them get all dolled up for a day and providing them with images that make them feel confident and beautiful.
What is in your gear bag?
I own a Canon 6D, Canon 135mm f/2L lens, and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. I also like to use my 43″ & 71″ Neewer reflectors for fill light.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I mostly draw inspiration from Pinterest and other photographers. I love following other talented photographers on social media, analyzing their images, and trying to achieve certain looks. It’s like a fun little game… I wonder if she used a reflector for that shot… *looks into subjects’ eyes for a catchlight/reflection.” 🙂
What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
I think one of my biggest obstacles I faced when starting my business was that I expected to become AMAZING almost overnight. I would get so frustrated with myself at times because I felt like I wasn’t any good, and I nearly called it quits multiple times, but I just told myself I had to keep pushing through. It took a LOT of hard work, persistence, and guts to put myself out there and ask for constructive criticism from other photographers… but it got me to a place where I finally feel confident in my work. This is a creative field. That means that you NEVER stop learning, and you’re never going to be perfect or the best in the industry. I’ve learned to accept that and focus on my successes instead.
Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Ask for help! I can’t tell you how much this helped me to grow. I’m a very stubborn person, and also suffer from a bit of anxiety, so the mix of the two made it extremely difficult for me to ask for help or constructive criticism on my work. I know it’s difficult to put yourself out there, and you may not always get the most positive responses from others, but in the end it will only help you grow! Welcome criticism, welcome learning, and always strive for improvement.