BE INSPIRED session | Feature by Kishelle Linenko

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

My approach to every session starts with me placing myself in my clients shoes. Ideally I begin by building trust. That’s the foundation for any session. I do this by building a relationship via email/skype before the session. I ask questions, I encourage them to ask questions, I give them personal info about me – I just want them to know that I am a person as well and I know that getting your photo taken can be intimidating and had for some.
I used to be a second shooter for my husband before we had kids. And that is LITERALLY all I did – Just shoot (and edit some). But the relationship building aspect of a photographer didn’t exist for me and I lost the passion for it fairly quickly. THEN, I had kids. That’s when it all changed for me. Slowly I realized I had the power (cheesy but, fuck it) to stop time. I had the ability to create memories, tangible memories for my children. I shot everything with the intention to teach them that REAL love existed. I was obsessed. From there, I started taking photos of friends with their kids and so on. About 2 years ago, I rebranded myself and my business went legit.
I was told once “ If you want to be a better photographer, be a better person”. I repeat these words to myself everytime I pick up my camera. Just a reminder to stay humble and keep your head in the game and remember why you do this in the first place.

What makes you the most nervous during a session?

You know, I don’t really know. If you go down the checklist of what makes the nerves all nuts, it kinda sounds stupid to be nervous right?! BUT I’M ALWAYS NERVOUS! I guess when I really think about it, what gets me is how much your clients rely on you to make the most out of their session. Essentially they have prepaid you for a service that has not been done until you deliver your images a few weeks later. That throws little nerves in the mix.

What about this session was most memorable?\

The most memorable thing about this session was the way the mom was with her kids. It could be that I’m a mom as well and I am always looking for advice and ways to better myself in terms of motherhood but there was something so peaceful and palpable about this mother. She was very inspiring.

Were there any hurdles?

There were kids involved. YES. One girl did NOT want to wear the dress her mom bought that matched SO perfect. The baby had a blowout. They had a chicken incident. I’m a true believer in silver linings and back up plans.

Your best photographer/session advice?

Have fun. Be yourself. Don’t forget why you are doing what you’re doing.

What is one goal for your business?

I would love to teach. I think that knowledge is no good kept all to yourself.

• What gear was used to achieve these?

I shoot a Canon 5D mkIV Canon 35mm II

Any presets used or hand editing?

I used the Meridian Presets from Tribe Archipelago. Specifically, Cascade presets.



“I’m a mama to two rad little humans + a wife to my best friend. Those three are my reason for it all. The ultimate core of my creativity. They keep me rooted in the crazy that is life, keep my heart full + help me reach for the stars. Documenting the love + the lives of my kids is what started this awesome journey + it’s such a beautiful ride. I take passion in capturing emotion + finding the beauty in chaos. I’m consistently learning + never want to stop.”



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