We had the good fortune of connecting with Khay Renee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Khay, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’d say it would be the fact that I love what I do! Because I truly love what I do and am passionate about it, my outlook and everything that comes with this journey is always positive. There’s a quote that says, “as long as you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Does it get hard sometimes? Sure it does. But because I love what I do, I can be vulnerable about the challenges and openly embrace them. When people can connect not only with you art but you as an artist, the legacy you build once you leave this Earth is much more impactful. And, to me, that’s where true success comes from.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m Khay Renee, doing business as “KR Shot It.” I picked up a camera for the first time during my freshman year of college. Much of my portfolio more recently has come from studio work. I enjoy learning more about lighting and playing around with it.

The journey hasn’t been easy (and still isn’t). All of the obstacles I’ve encountered and overcome have been well worth it. It’s taken lots of prayer and sacrifice. I just enjoy creating and connecting with people along the way. I’ve learned not to get so caught up in the numbers and just create. What is supposed to come, will come– as long as you do the work.

The thing I love most about being a photographer is that I never cease to amaze myself! Often times, I find myself producing work that I never thought I’d be able to create. I’m motivated by seeing other Black photographers create and grow as well. I just want the world to know that Black photographers are finally starting to get the credit we deserve!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I actually live in Nashville and the social life is definitely growing! Fifth + Broadway is a new area downtown with lots of good food, desserts, bars, and live music. The National Museum of African American Music opened recently downtown, too, and I’m all about a good history lesson! At some point, we’d have to make our way to EG + MC for a good cocktail hour. We’d have to stop by my guys at The Trenches and check out some Black-owned clothing brands that they have there. Rolled 4 Ever Ice Cream is an amazing Black-owned ice cream spot that I enjoy. One of my favorite spots to grab a quick bite would have to be Coneheads. I’d be writing forever, but just know we’d eat good and have a good time!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to family! Their support, love, and encouragement is what keeps me lifted and reminds me of why I do what I do! Shout out to my village!

Website: www.allthingskr.com

Instagram: @KRShotIt

Image Credits
Personal Photo @tffphotos

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