Kaylee Kepple // Photographer

Name: Kaylee Kepple
Age: 17
Location: Portland, Oregon

How long have you been doing photography for? 
About 3 1/2 years 

What first got you into photography? 
My dad is a professional photographer, so it is an art form that has just always been heavily influenced throughout my life. But what made me decide to start photography aside from being around a photographer, was attending a liberal arts school and taking a photography class. We learned how to shoot film my first year, and once I began developing rolls and making prints in the darkroom, I immediately fell in love with the process and how expressive you can be through a photograph. I then moved into the ‘digital world’ and ever since, I have loved telling stories and capturing the essence or personality of a subject. Being able to do this, all through a photograph is, honestly, the most amazing thing and I hope to never stop this ever expanding passion of mine. It is such an incredible way to connect with communities around you and bring them together. 

What inspires you? 
Definitely other artists and creators I am surround by day to day, both locally and through media. Visual artists, musicians, literary artists, videographers, etc., all encourage me to keep generating new ideas. I have learned you can always make something out of nothing. And it is usually when you do so, that the best artwork is made. 

If you could only use one lens until the end of time, what would it be? 
A 50mm f/1.4 lens, as I am sure many have already said, not really though, there is nothing that lens can’t do. The little thing is quite magical, and brings such a lavish and exquisite look to every image captured. Nothing that I have tried compares, or comes close to beating the 50mm. Mainly because, you are given the room to be at certain distances while still receiving a nice shallow depth of field. All in all, it’s just a diverse lens that I could genuinely shoot with until the end of time! 

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would it be and why? 
Definitely Ivy Miller! Mainly because she has such a laid back beach goer spirit, and I think it would be really fun to shoot with someone so radiant and ebullient. 

Favorite shoot to date? 
Any time I go to the beach with friends is what always ends up being my favorite shoot. But I also think everything is a work in progress, so I don’t necessarily prefer a particular shoot over another. We can only continue to improve! 

Top three songs at the moment? 
My music taste is all over the place most of the time, but my top three at the moment would have to be:
Do You Remember by Jarryd James (both the original and ‘Noah Breakfast Remix’ are great)
Best Of Us Go Down by Aquilo
Bad Blood by NAO. 

Any big plans in the works? 
I'm currently planning on moving to California within the next couple of months to attend college in San Diego, but at the moment I'm building my repertoire to continue to improve my photography. I’ve constantly been pushing myself to get out there and shoot, so I can have a more broad and diverse portfolio for future opportunities! 

Any tips for aspiring creatives? 
Don’t be afraid to fail. Failing is the best thing you can do; in fact, the biggest successes we know even to this day are because of said failure. Once you do so, you can only continue to ameliorate within your art form. You grow immensely by learning from your mistakes! Lastly, don’t be afraid to be different, take chances and leaps toward unknown territory and never stop creating, inspiring, or encouraging others.

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