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Meet Kayla Higgins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Higgins.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My love for art & photography started at a very young age. In elementary school, whenever anyone asked “What do you what do you want to be when you grow up?”, my answer was always, “An Artist”. Somewhere in between, I added a few other dreams, but this one, this is what stuck. Art is my constant, my happy place. It is that thing I do in my free time to relax. In middle school, my parents gifted me my first digital camera for Christmas. I took it EVERYWHERE. When that camera died, I made sure to quickly replace it. This pattern continued straight through to my college years. Though cell phone cameras were improving, I needed that digital camera out with me everywhere!.

In 2013, I made the jump to my first DSLR and will never look back! I made a point to build photography as a hobby, learn where my interests are, and really get comfortable with my camera. I found a local photography studio in Pembroke, MA – Firefly 53 Studios, now relocated to New Mexico & renamed to Indigo Sky Studios. It is run by Tim Waite, who is a wildly passionate & creative photographer. I took 3 courses with Tim at his studio left with not only a real grasp on my camera & editing skills, but confidence in my work. Having someone like Tim at the beginning of my journey truly made such a difference & I would love to do that for someone else someday.

Fast forward to 2017, launching Kayla Nicole Photography, I’ve learned that I have a passion for shooting babies, children, and families. This comes to no surprise as I have also worked in Early Education for 5 years and am now currently working as a Behavioral Therapist for children with special needs. My two passions strongly overlap.
With photography, I get the best of both worlds: Working with children and families, yet getting a chance to create art for them!

Please tell us about your art.
I believe your sessions with me should be fun and REAL. My art is focused on delivering you photos that capture a clip of your life in that very second, in a way you want to remember it for a lifetime. I adore getting close ups of the tiniest details – the things that we miss often when life is moving so fast. Your toddlers’ eyelashes, those little baby feet running in the sand or splashing in the water, or simply a up close shot of your child holding their Nana’s hand during a large group family session. It’s the little things we miss when looking at the bigger picture. They are emotions, the slightest gesture, or quick look.

A photo takes a moment and freezes it for you to cherish for years to come. Because of this, I so much value the importance of documenting the little things. Do not get me wrong, I love a few great posed shots, but a session is much more enjoyable when everyone can be relaxed and be themselves. When our sessions are real having more of lifestyle vibe, that is when my favorite types of creative, emotion bearing shots really have the opportunity to be captured. Overall, I hope that my clients take away that it is okay to let their guards down during session and be you, – Dance, let loose, run, spin, bring an activity to do, you name it, go for it! Life is not the perfect picture we all think we see on social media. Show your own image of your day to day family vibe. I would LOVE to shoot more of these lifestyle type sessions!

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
For me, I define success as an artist by meeting personal goals. Success, may be constantly changing. I feel we should set personal goals, reach them, and set another even higher. There is always room for growth. As an artist, if there was just one goal, one definition of success, how would we continue to evolve as artists? Our art grows because we grow. I genuinely believe that it is those of us who never stop setting new goals, that continue to raise the bar. So then, maybe to me – success has no true definition or final destination. I feel passion is the number 1 characteristic that is key to pushing an artist forward. However, in having a photography business I am learning that it takes relentless drive, unbelievable organization, and excellent communication skills. Most importantly though, it is never a comparison game to those around me. I strongly believe in the concept of “Community over Competition”. I have connections with so many amazing local photographers who I constantly reach out to, even for the simplest questions. They are my biggest inspiration 24-7.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Most of my work is on Instagram or Facebook, but I also post to my Website.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Model Credit: Elizabeth Eddy.

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