We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Tickle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risk will always be frightening but it’s necessary in order to reach different levels in your career. Last year, I took a huge risk by moving from Illinois to Georgia. Although my photography career was doing very well in Illinois, I knew the level that I was reaching for in my career, I wasn’t going to get to by staying there. So, I chose to leave my clientele and relocate to Georgia. I wanted to rebuild my clientele in beauty and high fashion so that I could eventually enter the beauty industry. This was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. My entire life was spent in Illinois but I knew in order to accomplish what I wanted in life, I had to take risk.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a child with a Kodak camera. The name of my company is Tickle Moments Photography because that is what I’m about, capturing moments. What I think sets me apart from others is the service I provide to my clients. I not only provide them with an amazing product, but I build relationships with them. I make sure before they get in front of my camera, they are comfortable. Being a great photographer takes work. It’s not easy. You have to be able to do your job and provide great customer service to your clients. Some days are challenging. There’s not going to always be an easy-to-please client, but I remember on those days why I got started in the first place. The love I have for photography goes deep. My great-grandfather Nelson shared this same love for photography and I learned alot from him about capturing moments as a child. I tell everyone, even on what feels like the toughest days, remember why you fell in love with your passion in the first place. Creatives aren’t made to please everyone. The level that I am at today was not an easy road. I worked hard to get to where I am, but most importantly I listened to those with more experience in order to help me with direction. Initially, I couldn’t afford the equipment I have now. In order to get it, I worked alot of overtime at my corporate job until I could afford what I needed. This is why I tell others, where you are right now does not determine where you will be six months from now. The biggest thing I’ve learned during this career journey is to take the word no as redirection. I am never afraid to reach out to people to ask questions, even if I’m ignored. Before I met my mentor Martinez Walthall, I was told no by so many other photographers. No one was willing to help me learn. I fast forward to now, those same people who thought so less of me, now see me as competition. Morale of the story, what God has for you, no one can stop. I worked hard and sacrificed alot to get to where I am, but I’m willing to work even harder and sacrifice even more to get to where I want to be. Tickle Moments Photography will soon be a household name.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in the city are: The Georgia Aquarium, Botanical Gardens, brunch at Mojave, dinner at 5Church Atlanta, and drinks at Therapy Lounge.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My number one shoutout goes to my mentor Martinez Walthall of @makingshotsphotography. Almost two years ago, I walked in his studio without any of the proper equipment or software to be a photographer. All I knew was that I had an eye for photography along with a passion. Martinez saw my potential and took the time out to help me grow in this industry. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help and encouragement. I would also like to shoutout Delan Ellis of @echoexposure, Laz of @rtsphotography_design, Dotunayodeji of @dotunayodeji, and Kimberly Joy of @kimberlyjoyphotography. Each one of these photographers had a hand in my day to day learning of photography. I owe them a huge thank you for helping push me towards my passion.
For the image of myself holding the camera, please credit Kimberly Joy. *For only that image*