Feature Friday: Blackbird Design & Photography

Interview with Kelsie Millet

Blackbird Design & Photography may be fairly new to the photography scene, but Kelsie already has a signature style that is fresh and alluring.  She has taken this opportunity to share more about herself and her approach to photography.  If you are not a fan, you soon will be!


Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi all! I’m a 23 year old wife currently living in good ol’ Ogden Valley, Utah with my newlywed husband. We have been married for…8 months now.  Wow, time flies! He has been my biggest support when it comes to my photography; don’t know what I’d do without him.  I graduated from Utah State University with my degree in Interior Design with an emphasis in Sales and Marketing a year and a half ago.  I loved it but always knew it was never really what I was going to do with my life.  So glad I found photography! It has been exactly what I have always wanted to do.


How did you get started in photography?

I have always wanted to get into photography but have never been able to get into the “expensive hobby” growing up.  I thought about even pursuing it in college until finding out about how much of an investment I would have to put into it.  The money is what always had stopped me until I got married.  My husband Erick finally told me shortly after we got married that he was going to buy me all the equipment so I could start to learn, and pursue what I have always wanted.  (Yes, I have an amazing husband!)  While I waited for my camera I started to watch/read any tutorial I could possibly find online.  I spent hours every day devoting time to teaching myself.  Luckily most of my time was just spent to learning and figuring out my camera.  I learned the basics of Photoshop and editing through my education for Interior Design.  Was I felt confident enough I started my own business and it has been growing ever since!


If this a full time job or a part time gig?

For now this is part-time for me.  I hope to someday have it be my full-time job.  I currently am doing about 3-9 sessions a month.  In the meantime I fill my days nannying for adorable 8 month old twins.


 What three word describe your style?

This one is hard, how do you some it up in three words!  Soft, dreamy, and light.


Do you always know when you get the perfect shot?  Any surprises during the editing process?

Oh, I love when I know I got a great shot!  I get all giddy inside.  Does anyone else do this?  Hope I’m not the only crazy giddy girl out there.  I have to admit though there a few shots that sneak in at editing that I’m happily surprised by that I didn’t realize I had captured. Those are always the best to find!


 What are you inspired by?

Light, light, and more light.  I am obsessed with natural light…it creates a whole different mood in an image if you capture it just right.  My posing and positioning all revolves around light.  As far as photographer’s go that inspire me…Aimee Barker would be up there on my list.  Her style is different then mine, but I am inspired by her creative and outside the box thinking.  She pushes me to be better and not be afraid to edit how I want too, and not necessarily try to edit like others.


Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?

I am self taught, and so proud to say so.  It took a lot of hard work to get where I am and still a lot of hard work continually trying to be better.


Any special moments or funny bloopers you want to share with us that happened during a session?

Oh the funny stories…so there was this one time that I was doing a portrait session in the winter at a park that had a huge pond.  It was my first time ever doing a session here and so I hadn’t actually discovered the whole park yet.  Well, I take my client there and we are starting to do her shoot and all of a sudden we see literally 100’s of ducks on this pond. ( I have never seen anything as crazy as this.)  There were also some huge geese.  Well one of the geese decided he did not like us and began chasing after us!  It was actually quite terrifying and hilarious all at the same time.  Let’s just say I have never gone back to that park since, ha!


Do you have any rituals that are apart of your editing process?

I have always got to be snuggled into my couch with my favorite blanket with a good chick flick on.


Do you a glass addiction?  What is your favorite lens?

My favorite lens right now is my EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS


What advice you give a photographer just starting off in this business?

My advice to you is to not give up!  Put the time into going to classes, or reading tutorials online and then practicing what you just learned.  Do practice shoots with friends and family, or people you feel comfortable with.  This was huge for me.  You quickly learn poses and positions that you like and also find locations you are drawn too.  After all of that just continue to take pictures as often as you can, there is always something you can be inspired by around you.  If you do this you will get there, don’t give up!


Where can we find you? 

Come be my friend and follow me!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbirddesign?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelsiebddesign

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kelsiesuemillet/

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackbirddesign/

Blog: http://blackbirddesign.biz/category/blog/

Website: www.blackbirddesign.biz


Wow!  Thanks so much Kelsie!  Beautiful, beautiful work. 


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