Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaylah Sambo.
Hi Kaylah, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I got started in photography in 8th grade.
I took a digital photo class at ID tech then a bunch of film classes at ICP. I went to the high school of Art of Design for photography. There I focused on studio work and fashion/portraits. I went to Savannah College of Art and Design for photography with a concentration in commercials.
I made a bunch of great connections while in college and elevated my work. Since then I’ve been freelancing and focusing on creating work I love.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think no road worth being on is smooth. There have definitely been hard times when I questioned my choices, but I’ve always known I’m on the right path.
My biggest struggle so far has been not being where I want to be. I feel like especially because of social media, I am constantly comparing myself to other people and it makes me feel like I’m not doing enough or I’m not good enough.
This is an ongoing struggle but I just try to remind myself that, no one’s path looks the same and I am making progress.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a fashion and portrait photographer. I specialize in photography, video, and animations. I also have an interest in printmaking that I’d like to explore with my work. I would like to think I’m known for my set presence and portraiture.
I want to make sure everyone I shoot feels comfortable and pretty so the environment I foster for my shoots is really important. I also think it’s very important to connect with all of my subjects and I think because of that my portraits have a familiar feel to them.
You can feel their comfort through the photo. I would have to say I’m most proud of the connections I’ve made on set. I’ve made close friends with models, makeup artists, photographers, etc.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
Hmm, that’s a hard question, I really liked my childhood and I have many fond memories. The first that came to mind was being on a laundry mat with my cousin and mom.
My mom is doing something so my cousin, Trevor, and I are just playing around, filling our time. Trevor is “teaching” me karate, (he’s a year older and a lot taller) but actually he was just beating me up haha. He had me in a headlock and the only emotion I can remember is just happy to be there.
I was laughing and smiling and definitely learning karate, ha. But I think that’s something I’ve carried with me because it’s how I feel about most of my life experiences, I’m just happy to be here.
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