We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsie Kalma and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have always loved drawing, singing, dancing and taking photos. Anything that allowed me to express myself in a creative and artsy way I did it. When I was introduced to photography I took my camera with me everywhere and haven’t put it down since. Pursuing this career was a no brainer for me, I knew it was something that I could wake up everyday doing and not get tired of it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I look back at the images I took 5 years ago versus the ones I have taken recently, I instantly want to delete all the evidence of the photos I took back then, because yikes HAHA, but then I remember that everyone starts somewhere and I am extremely proud of the growth that I have made since then especially in the experience and quality of work that I am now able to give my customers. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes it wasn’t. It took years of trial and error, comparison, the never ending investing in education and (very expensive) gear, the good occasional cry, but there are also so many friendships made, encouraging words from strangers about my work and beautiful memories captured along the way.
So many lessons have been learned. One lesson I have learned is that experience matters just as much as the photos do. People will remember how you made them feel and the images you take will remind them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay. I am still learning the best places to go myself so I would definitely be winging it. First of all everyone has to go to the aquarium and cocoa cola world once. We would go to Georgia Theatre in Athens for the rooftop bar, but we would be taking the stairs because I got stuck in an elevator there once and a sweaty elevator experience in Georgia might just ruin the whole trip although these cocktails would be worth it. We would have to get dinner at Last Resort in Athens at least once and Maepole is a game changer for a healthy lunch.
I would take them to hike Mount Yonah then we would grab a beer down the road at Tantrum Brewery after that I would take them to get the best ice cream of their life at Mountain Fresh Creamery.
There are so many things to do, I would probably find a few new outdoor activities to experience for the first time together.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have supported and encouraged me throughout the years. From the beginning when my mom bought me my very first camera in middle school which started all of this and sparked my passion to the woman who first showed me how to shoot in manual to manipulate an image how I wanted and produce better quality images, everyone who let me take photos for them as practice and since then all of the people who support my business by booking a session, sharing my photos and recommending me to others.
Also to those few people who listened to my ideas from the beginning and encouraged me to open this business, I needed the push and confidence that I wouldn’t have gotten without them.