We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My background is in education and after moving to Colorado six years ago, I was ready to focus more on my own business. I loved teaching photography and media, but could not find the right program to transition back into teaching, so I opened my own photography company. I do still offer one on one photography and editing lessons, so I still have my hand in education. I love creating memorable images for my clients and have a lot of fun at photo sessions. I always see the opportunity for growth and creativity in my work. I like being able to have some flexibility with my family schedule and my clients schedules. Once I had my son and seeing the wonder and imagination through his eyes, I wanted to capture that. Photographs have the ability to freeze a moment in time and bring you back to that memory. I like being a part of that process for my clients.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I really enjoy the collaborative creative process I have with my clients. I like to take their ideas of location, or colors, or themes and experiment and run with it. I am most proud that families come back year after year to have photos taken by me. I have seen my couples get married, and become parents. I love watching their families grow year after year. I get to celebrate with them and capture those sweet memories time and time again. Being a creative person and business owner is not easy, it’s a constant juggling act. I think having patience and perseverance are key. Keep plugging away and reaching those little goals you set for yourself. Keep being creative and pushing and challenging yourself and try new things. Keep knowledgable people at your fingertips and keep educating yourself. Most of all, keep having fun. What do I want the world to know? Wow, that’s a big question, haha. I think I would want the world to know that my story continues to write its own chapters. Just when I think I’m done, one more exciting challenge comes along. One more breath taking location or sunset with magical colors, one more wonder to see. I love being a part of others’ stories too. Sometimes I see their story a little differently and capture that in their images.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well we would probably start off with breakfast at Toast Fine Food & Coffee in Littleton, they have the best breakfast food. Then head down to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, in Colorado Springs and drive through Garden of the Gods while there. Next, we would head back up to the Estes Park and Rocky Mountain Park areas. Great food, views and wildlife up there too. A quick trip out 285 and down to Salida to visit Howl Mercantile & Coffee, they have the most unique small batch artisanal goods which make fabulous gifts and their pour over coffee is divine. With a few days left of their trip, we would have to do some 4×4 trails and camping in some locations most people rarely see. But, when in Colorado, why not see the views from the very top! We have some amazing mountain passes and off road trails here.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow, well I like to say that I come from a creative family for sure. We were always crafting, fixing, and working on things when I was growing up. I had a lot of inspiration from my uncle in my youth as he was a professional photographer when I was in middle and high school and I thought that was just the coolest job. He had his own studio in California and worked with animals creating his artwork. However, when I was teaching in a high school broadcast and media program, my inspiration came from my students. Kids experience and see the world so differently, and I loved guiding them through their work and creative process. They always had the most fun and creative ideas on what we should work on next. My husband and my son have to be my biggest cheering squad. They support my ideas and are the best test subjects when I’m scouting locations, lighting, and adventure.