We had the good fortune of connecting with Kira Faris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kira, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
In my earlier days of photographing, I watched my peers to determine what success in this industry meant. How much and how far out are you booked? How many inquiries do you receive in a month, week, day? Were you featured or published for this or that? Do you have any titles or accolades that you received through various organizations or contests? The list goes on and on.

I made a conscious effort to sit down with myself and really think about what my own version of success looked like pretty early on. I figured that if I could remind myself of my bare bones realist version of success when I started in with the ever present imposter syndrome or the not- good-enough’s, then I could push through and just keep moving along at my own pace. The decision to really focus inward and not worry about what everyone else was doing was, and still is, one of the most important factors behind any of my success. I firmly believe that comparison kills creativity, so being able to shift that focus to myself has allowed me to let go of unimportant distractions. It has really provided me a space to be thoroughly present with my clients, my friends, my people.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is extremely personal. I create for myself, even if it is truly meant for someone else, so there is nothing that goes out in to the world that I do not hold close or love in one way or another. I think that also translates in to the relationships that I establish with my clients. So many of these business relationships become friendships. I follow my clients on social media, I see their day to day, their kids growing in between our sessions and I keep up with a lot of them because I actually really enjoy everyone I work with. So I would say that I am most proud of the relationships that I have cultivated along the way throughout my professional and artistic journey. And I am always excited to see these same people year after year and milestone after milestone.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would mix it up and spend some time in nature and then some time around the city. Hikes around Rocky Mountain National Park with some Bird & Jim in Estes. A couple of days cabin rental in Pine with a nighttime drinks and giant jenga at the Buck Snort. A trip up to Brainard Lakes and a hike further to Lake Isabelle, with a stop on the way back to check out the Flatirons. Back in Denver its taking it easy. Taco’s Tequila & Whiskey, a concert at Red Rocks or a good show at Globe Hall, late night pizza at Benny Blancos. I am not sure if a week is enough honestly!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The credit in my story always, always goes to some of my closest friends. They have watched me transition in to this role. They have seen the very bad and still provided me with the encouragement to keep going. There is nothing like a best friend in your corner.

Website: https://www.kirafaris.com

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