BE INSPIRED Session |feature by Kirsten Malone

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

I have always had a love for photographs. I don’t know how many hours I spent flipping through family albums at my grandparents house or drinking in all the colour and culture filling the pages of Nation Geographic. I obsessed about the people and places in those pictures, imagining their stories and wishing I could travel the world and see it all first hand. I didn’t find photography right away, I guess it kind of found me! Like so many of us, I bought my first DSLR ( little Canon Rebel!) when my daughter was born and was instantly drawn in and pushed that little camera as far as it would go, always snapping, always learning, always needing more out of my images. I guess it’s been 5 years now! My style and voice has changed so much and I think it always will. I’m a bit indecisive by nature and need variety to keep me going. For now I guess you could peg me as an eclectic mix of documentary, lifestyle and portraiture?

What makes you the most nervous during a session?

Meeting the client for the first time! I am,for the most part, socially awkward and really find that I read and react to other peoples energy. If they’re super friendly and outgoing so am I, if they’re the more awkward quiet type I’m ready to dig my head in the sand like an ostrich and just pray I get at least one decent shot.

What about this session was most memorable?

The freedom to just create with other creatives! I have learned in my short time as a photographer that the client hustle is not for me. I would so much rather create for the sake of creating and shoot my 3 beasties on our adventures around our tiny Province. I am so lucky to know these two beautiful women as both friends and fellow photographers.

Were there any hurdles?

We originally went to the shore with the intention of catching a perfect sunset and instead were greeted with thick, salt laden fog timed with a rapidly approaching tide! I can’t even pretend I didn’t do a little happy dance as soon as we put the car in park. Fog is definitely one of my favourite things about the shore!

Your best photographer/session advice?

Oh man…Am I really in a position to give advice? HA! I guess I could give the same advice I always give myself before a session. Remember to breathe, seriously. I do this thing where I hold my breath when I shoot then gasp for air after pressing the shutter. So attractive… That and slow down. Don’t allow yourself to feel rushed. The story is there, you just have to watch it unfold.

What is one goal for your business ?

To never stop growing. One of the things I love so much about photography is the infinite ways to learn and hone my craft. Also to remember to keep putting myself out there, inner doubt monster be damned!

What gear was used to achieve these?

 Canon 7D & Sigma 35mm 1.4 

Any presets used or hand editing?   

A modified version of a tribe red leaf preset & hand editing 


Kirsten is currently living in the Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia with her military husband and 3 (going on 4!) Kids. Family, photography, the ocean and strong, hot, life giving coffee are just a few of the great loves if her life. And cake…


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