Interview: Photographer Kayla Gould
We interviewed Miss Kayla Gould, one of our most active collaborators and our first fellow photographer to be part of our 'Interviews' project! Her words are nothing short of insightful and relatable and personable beyond belief. We're so grateful to have such an influential, happy, inspiring, and enthusiastic soul to be part of what we do!
What's the story of how you were brought into photography?
I remember getting my first film camera at the age of eight, and posing my dog with dandelions hoping to get a gorgeous photo like the one I had on my school folder. Obviously, not knowing what I was doing in the first place... and not only getting the dog, the truck he was in, the house and a good portion of the yard in the photo; I was so disappointed when I got them developed and saw that my picture did not turn out at all how I hoped it would. As years went by, I continued to enjoy taking pictures when my parents would put in a new roll of film for family events. Because it was so expensive to develop film, I began to get more intrigued with the art form at thirteen when my parents finally upgraded to a 3.1 megapixel digital camera!
As time went on, digital photography improved and I was shooting with my friend's 7 megapixel digital camera until I was gifted with my very own 10 megapixel point and shoot camera. I spent about 2 years ultimately taking "cool" photos not knowing yet how to properly compose an image. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I began to seriously pursue photography and began to understand the surface of it. Starting out taking a good portion of senior portraits for a lot of my classmates, I had realized that being a photographer was what I wanted to pursue in life. Once I got my first serious camera my senior year of high school (Canon 40D) there was no going back. Nearly 8 years later, I’m still going strong and still diving into the depths.
How would you describe your vision/style of photography?
I love candid moments, real moments, genuine interaction, emotion, laughter, beautiful surroundings and details. As a Portrait Photographer, I would describe my style as rugged, tranquil and adventurous. I love to shoot outdoors and I strive off of natural light. I am often times surrounded by mountains and trees; and in other cases I’m enclosed by city lights, buildings and cars. I love capturing people in their surroundings and making every photo unique in its own way.
What is your goal in photography?
I want to overcome fear, and to always be pushing myself to learn something new. I want to challenge myself to be creative when I’m especially not feelin’ like it. I never want to over-pose people, or take portraits that don’t depict a person properly. By capturing beautiful landscapes, I never want to take gorgeous scenery for granted. I want my photography to evoke emotion, the good and the bad. I want to tell a story and ultimately capture a person’s milestones or the beautiful places that surround us.
Looking through old photographs, you see that there is always a story to be told. All photos tell a story, and that’s really my ultimate goal. Being an anti-social cocoon dweller, I want the words and emotions I can’t speak to be expressed through the images I capture. Decades from now, I want people to look at the memories I’ve preserved and to remember their story in detail with the help of the photos I’ve created. It’s the closest thing you can get to time travel… and who wouldn’t love to go back in time even if only for a minute?
How do you pick yourself up when you get down?
Pray, go to the beach, grab a friend and take some spontaneous creative portraits, edit photos, take my dog Gibson out for a walk, drive to an unknown destination with the music turned up, hang out with my family… or just get some classic cheesy bread from Dominos (with garlic sauce).
What is your favourite quote of all time?
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” - Psalm 139:14