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

Hi Kristin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Like a lot of new moms, I started my journey into photography by first taking images of my 3 girls when they were just little babies. I soon decided I had a lot to learn. I loved the idea of being able to tell stories through photographs; and began soaking up as much knowledge on the subject as possible. I dove head first into every class, online tutorial and YouTube video I could get my hands on. I spent the next few years learning and growing as a photographer using my own kids as practice subjects.

I began posting my photographs online and soon began to receive requests from friends and family to take portraits now and again. It was through these requests that I found a different kind of love for photography, which was to capturing other peoples families and telling their stories though beautiful images. This was the beginning is my photography business.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In my work, my first goal is always to tell a story. It might be a story about my daughters halloween costumes or it might be a family’s story about how they are connected to one another. We all have a story inside of us, my goal is always to pull just a little bit of that story out my subjects. It might be a mom and daughter at a particular stage in life, or brothers and sisters that might argue and little more than their parts would appreciate, but deep down they really do love each other. Capturing just a little bit of those connections and telling a small part of their story, is what my images are about.

I am always learning and growing. This is one of the great things about photography, there is always more to learn. When I first began, I thought everyone wanted those images where everyone was looking at the camera with a nice smile, but as I have grown as an artist, I have learned that those kinds of images are okay to include, but they are not where the magic is. The magic is in the genuine smiles that come from laughter. A squeeze or a tickle, maybe a whisper in the ear, that is where the magic hides.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First of all we would have to start the day off getting some coffee at one of the many local coffee shops. I can’t go a day without some sort of coffee to start things moving.

We would have to hit up one of my favorite little bakeries here in town called the No Cow Bakery. The No Cow Bakery has some amazing baked goods that are gluten free and delicious.

The rest of the time we would spend visiting some of my favorite sites. The first place on the list would be Rocky Mountain National Park. The fact that we have this beautiful place in our back yard just makes my heart sing. Also one of my favorite places to shoot, Brainard lake. Next we would see the Denver Art Museum. The architecture and exhibits are a place to find all kinds of inspiration. I’m a bit of a history buff so we would have to go to the History of Colorado Center. We would have to go see a concert at Red Rocks, there’s nothing like it, and it’s about as Colorado as it gets.

We would have to stop by a small candy store here in Castle Rock called Sugar Spoon Candies. They have the best salted Carmel Oreo Ice cream ever, and vintage candies you haven’t seen since you were a kid. We would also need to climb castle rock and overlook the town as the sun sets over the Rocky Mountains.

We’d find local trails to hike and hills to climb so we could watch the sun kiss the tops of the mountains.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One of my very favorite photographers includes a local business called Vintage Spark Photography. Josh Duncan has taken several years worth of our own family photos and I have had the opportunity to work with him as a second shooter photographing weddings. I love the feel of his images, and his words of encouragement over the last several years have really helped give me the boost of confidence I needed to take the leap and start my own business.

My second shoutout would be to an Organization called Clickin Moms. They offer tons of online learning, mentorships, and forums all with the intention to help photographers grow. I can’t express how immensely invaluable these classes and mentors have been to my photographic journey.

Lastly, but by far not the least, a huge shoutout to my friends and family who have encouraged me, been my practice subjects, and to whom I never would have taken the leap into photography in the first place without.

Website: www.shotswithmoxie.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristin_camfferman/

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