Interview: Photographer Kiara Gill
We came across the incredible and tantalizing works of Kiara Gill, photographer of Cherrysnapshot and asked her for a little bit of her time — so glad we did!
How did you get brought into photography?
I actually had a friend that got me into it. She had started about a year or so before I did. I started seeing her work and it got me very fascinated in portraits. Shortly after I met her I started renting the school camera and doing shoots on my friends and sister. Soon after that I had enough booked shoots to save up some money for my own camera. And ta da, here I am 6 years later still loving every aspect of photography!
How would you describe your vision/style?
I’m not entirely sure of what my style is yet. I usually go into a photoshoot with a mood that I get off the model. I feel like every model is so different from one another that you can have so much fun in each shoot. Personally, I feel as though all the creativity and personality comes out in the editing. I try to edit each shoot just a little different each time. I love getting creative with editing!
What is it that inspires you to shoot the way you do? What do you aim for?
The only time when I’m really happy is when I have a shoot that day. I’m like a giddy little school girl getting ready to go on a date. It makes me so happy knowing I get to create some sort of magic that day. On each shoot i aim to make each photo a little different from one another.
Is there anything you’d like to improve on or work on?
I want to work on getting more ideas to get creative with. I always feel like photographers run out of ideas sometimes because it gets hard to be creative sometimes. I like going through Pinterest and putting a few ideas together to create some big idea that I can base the shoot off of. I’d also like to work more on my editing, even though it’s different every time, I still want to get down some sort of style that people can always notice when looking at my work.
How has being a photographer impacted you and your life?
It’s made me realize how to work well with people. Before photography I wasn’t much of a people person, but doing this has really made me friendlier and made me love what I do even more. I love putting smiles on peoples faces when they end up seeing the final product. I love knowing that they’re hanging these photos up in their homes, it just makes me happy feeling like I’m doing something good for people.
What encourages you to keep going?
I want to someday take photos for bit magazines such as Vogue or Glamour. Or to take photos for some big clothing companies as I have done in the past. It’s fun making clothes stand out in photos, I can get really creative with it sometimes! i’d also love to make this my full time job to where it can allow me to travel everywhere as well, I feel like that will be a real accomplishment.
What is something that you think about that resonates with and inspires you?
Honestly, on Instagram I’m constantly seeing photographers that inspire me daily. Everyone is so creative in what they do. It makes me so inspired seeing how different people can be from each other, and how different we all see things.
Anything you want to share with aspiring photographers?
Keep going! Even if you don’t think your work is all cut out to be professional, just keep going and you’ll get there. Always keep that artistic eye going and you’ll get to where you want to go.