Feature Friday: Shanna Kaye Photography

Interview with Shanna Kaye

The weekend is here, or nearly!  Today I have the pleasuring of sharing a this talented artist with you all – Shanna Kaye.  Based out of Tyler, Texas, Shanna Kaye Photography has such a fun approach to photography.  Let’s find out more!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m that gal who is overly talkative, loves anything that has to do with cameras or crafting, and is always looking for new ways to market my businesses.  I’m a 21 year old SAHM, wife to an amazing & supportive husband, and expecting our second child this summer-and have been in love with photography since I was a little girl. Helping & chatting with other photographers online is exciting to me-I love being part of an online community of photogs who are pumped about helping each other.


How did you get started in photography?

I started when I was 8 or 9 years old, when my dad showed me how to manually focus his film Nikon SLR. I practiced on my rabbits-and would set them up for the “perfect picture” in our backyard.  Fast forward 10 years. My husband and I got married in June 2010, and I started my photography business in September of that year. I spent the first year practicing, the second year learning how to market, and this year building a clientele & learning my equipment inside & out. The last 6 months have been snowballing in a good way.  I’ve stayed very busy & locals recognize my name & my style. Living in a town full of photographers, that’s hard to do! 🙂 


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

For me, it’s a little of both. My husband brings in our main income-but I put enough hours in for it to be full time! 🙂 I also have a side business designing logos, branding, and products for photographers-so both keep me really busy.


What three word describe your style?

Bright, Clean, Colorful AND Playful & Whimsical too!


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

Both! I get giddy when I get the perfect shot during a session-It’s always hard to contain the squealing inside of “I got one!!!” Sometimes I forget shots that I took during a session, especially if the session was fast paced-and then the editing process is so fun because I get surprises that make me really excited.


What are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by color and other photographers. I LOVE bright colors-they make me joyful. Being able to see expressions & priceless moments that other photographers capture inspires me to do the same-with the thought of “one day I want to be as good as this photographer!”


Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?

Yes ma’am! Trial and error is my favorite way to learn-my husband teases me about it.  It makes the learning process longer, but I feel more successful when I finally figure out something & it works.


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

At a recent sibling session with a 3 year old & 11 month old, the littlest sister had just started taking a few steps 3 days before the session. The mom & grandmother were there, and as we sat her down on a quilt, she slowly stood up and started walking. They were so overjoyed, as I got to capture that sweet moment and she repeated it several times during the session. That’s one of the reasons I love capturing newborns & children sessions-each thing they do is precious!


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

I “double” edit my images-they first go into Lightroom for culling & adding color/fixing exposure, and then I pull each image into Photoshop Elements to add a pop of color. It makes editing longer-but I’m a bit of a perfectionist on color & light in my images.


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

I love love love my nifty fifty. I used a 50mm 1.8 for 2 years, and upgraded this year to a 50mm 1.4g, and feel like the world has opened up. It’s an amazing lens and so versatile.


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

Learn what style of editing speaks to you.  There are so many ways to edit images-it can be overwhelming when you start!  Investing into actions or presets can drastically help speed up your workflow, and finding which ones you love & use weekly will keep your workflow faster.  Being a perfectionist on editing, I use to spend 4-10+ hours on each session-and 25+ hours on weddings. I hand edited each image, and making a gallery match in color was difficult so I spent more time than I ever should have.


Where can we find you?

Website: www.shanna-kaye.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shannakayephotography

7“Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.” 

Thank you Shanna, beautiful work!  I really had so much fun!



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