Interview: Photographers Kaylee + Andy Ogan
The creative and inspiring Mr. and Mrs. Ogan of KayleeChelseaPhotography are an incredible example of coming together with the right someone to create brighter and better dreams by growing together! Here is some of their beautiful story of how they’ve come with each other by their side!
How did you two discover your interest in photography and stick with it?
I (Kaylee) was an art student who studied commercial photography and realized I needed more business skills. Once graduating with photography, I jumped into a fall semester for marketing. Andy saw I was in three of his four classes and asked for my number so we could “study.” After two months of coffee dates and the sweetest Valentine’s Day dinner, he asked me to be his girlfriend. Within a few weeks, he asked if I could start teaching him photography. Andy picked up the concepts quickly. His determination to be apart of every one of my sessions and weddings was enduring. I had never met a man who was so artistic, intriguing, funny and adventurous. After about a year, we became a photography duo. I believe that these past few years of falling in love with each other has pushed our creativity to a new level (far more then 7 years of shooting alone ever did). We believe the trick to sticking to your dreams is having someone by your side that can support you through it all.
How would you distinguish your collective or separate styles?
Growing up as a ballerina in the Royal Academy of Dance program I developed a deep love for movement and expression. I believe this is evident in our work. Our style displays movement in multiple ways- two people laughing together, hair blowing in the wind, leading lines, color patterns. Experimenting in each session is extremely important to us.
What inspires you to shoot the way you do?
It was during the time of going through our engagement session and wedding that we were able to experience how it felt to be the subjects. This was a HUGE eye opening moment for us both! We realized how it felt to be on the other side of the camera. We believe how people feel and may respond during a session is dependent on how comfortable we allow them to be.
For example: If we create a fun, outgoing, relaxed environment the result is a couple more willing to laugh, be goofy and playful. For this reason, we are aware that our attitudes are a direct correlation to their experience.
Are there any ways you would like to see each of you or your work develop and grow?
We believe there are constant pressures to grow as a photographer- we both feel the intensity everyday. Sadly, social media has changed our perspective on “success” — there is a stigma in our generation to prove ourselves through each post(s). As photographers, it’s not enough anymore to have an amazing portfolio if we are not uploading our daily shots from recent shoots to social media, then our followers will not understand our worth. We believe that this career can either inspire and refuel us or break us down and drain us. We push one another with our daily conversations of how to better our work, communication, and overall approach. So our goal in these coming months would be to focus more on the person-to-person and less on person-to-phone conversations.
When you guys look at your photos, how do YOU feel?
We share an excitement for trying new things and traveling all over to experience new scenes, food, people. The year we graduated we decided to backpack around Europe. It was so much excitement all at once!! Hoping on trains, running to catch sunsets, street music, funky flavors, new faces and lots and lots of coffee. This experience made us realize the importance of the photographs we take. Looking back we realize that the images we love the most were the random shots of us being spontaneous. All this to say, when we have truly captured the experience a couple had on their shoot/ the love they have we feel this overwhelming joy knowing that years from now they will look back at those photographs/moments and go back to the raw emotion they felt in that moment.
What was your last shoot like?
We did a day trip up to Prescott, Arizona. The light that night was INCREDIBLE and the couple we were photographing were up for running around and finding the best light! We instantly connected with them through our shared love of movie quotes and quirky dance moves. It was one of those sessions that remind us why we do what we do!
How has photography impacted you and your lives?
Everyday, our conversations revolve around upcoming shoots, emails, editing techniques, new gear, and trips. It’s so much of our lives, which is incredible!! We love all the late nights, trips, and people we’ve met because of photography. There is no way to not fall in love with this medium when you surround yourselves with good people.
Is there anything each of you would like to share, anything at all, that we didn’t address that you would most like to share?
We really love what we do and feel SO incredibly blessed to have been given this opportunity. Thank you for reaching out. Answering all the questions made us go back to our reasoning’s for why we are photographers. It’s always a good reminder to step back and appreciate the journey!