Interview: Photographer Kayla Sprint
A visionary out to capture the purest form of a moment, Kayla Sprint has her work sprinkled all over the corners of photography communities — inspiring so many and drawing them in with her authentic and candid work in weddings and portraits!
How did your passion and pursuit in photography begin and how did you decide to stick with it?
My journey with photography started with landscapes. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest gave me a huge appreciation for nature and for beauty in general, and the camera helped me to capture that. And though I loved capturing landscapes, I wanted to take my photography into unknown territory: portraits. I’d always loved portraits and had been intrigued by them, but I didn’t have the confidence to do them justice. I decided I not only wanted to grow, but needed to grow, and so I took a leap of faith and started on the path that I’m currently on. In taking this step, I’ve found so much fulfillment. Unlike when I was strictly doing landscapes, I now had collaborators. Every shoot was different because every couple is different. It’s exciting to meet and work with people from so many different backgrounds and learn so much about not only photography, but about the world as well. That’s why I stick with it.
How would you distinguish your style and what inspired it?
I’d describe my style as whimsical + playful but also celebrating the authenticity of each couple. I’ve never been a huge fan of posed photography and I’m constantly inspired by the candidness and fun photography brings out in couples. No two people have the same relationship and it’s amazing to see that shine through in a photograph.
What are your ambitions in the photography industry?
I want to create images that are more than just photographs. I want clients and fellow photographers to look at my work and experience the feeling of that moment and spirit of the people in that moment. I believe that the best photographs are the ones that make us feel, the kind that make us laugh or make us cry. Authenticity is an important focus in my body of work for that reason, and something that I want people to recognize as a signature when they see my work. Love is so many different things, but perfect is not one of them. My aim is to celebrate the realness of love, and the fun that comes with that. One of my main ambitions in photography is certainly to grow as an artist, but at the core, my goal is to continue to capture people’s love stories in a genuine way.
Is there anything you learned from fellow photographers?
Don’t sweat the small stuff and to stop comparing yourself to others.
How do you try to inspire others?
By pursuing my dreams fearlessly and encouraging others to do the same.
What kinds of things changed when you delve into photography?
Before I got serious about photography, I was much more introverted. As I developed my photography more and more, I discovered a new side of myself: a side that is courageous, take-charge, and confident in my abilities as an artist and as a person.
What do YOU feel when you look at your photos?
After doing strictly landscape photography for so long, sometimes it’s still a little surreal to look at my photos and realize that I didn’t just take a picture, but that I was able to capture a moment and a memory in a love story that’s still developing. I feel like I’ve grown so much in my photography and stepped out of my comfort zone on a level that I thought I never would.
What kind of wisdom do you believe that you have, either photography related or not, to share?
I’ve always been a believer in community over competition. When I first started doing photography, I never really had a mentor to guide me and that’s something I think is truly important and full of value. I felt I started learning the most when I was reaching out to others not only for advice but to make connections. I think it’s vital to put yourself out there and reach out to photographers not only in your community but from anywhere.
Any significant or special experiences that photography brought you?
The opportunity to travel and connect with people I wouldn’t have if I didn’t do photography. Some of my closest friendships have been formed through Instagram and with the amazing clients I’ve worked with.
Is there anything, absolutely anything in the world, that we didn’t ask about that you’d like to share?
I think photography comes down to passion. I always want to encourage myself and others to seek quality in the work rather than popularity. We as a community of artists need to be constantly pushing and encouraging one another to put personal growth first because that’s the sort of work that will stand the test of time and will leave a legacy for those to come. Passion should be at the core of our lives, and that should be reflected in our work as well.