Business Name: Kishelle Linenko Photography
Where are you based out of? Tacoma, WA
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full-time
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Family, children, small weddings
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5D Mk IV
How would you define your style?
Simple and real. I’ve heard my work described as “breezy, organic and light.”
What motivated you to become a photographer?
My children. I was a second shooter for about 2 years before I had kids and there was no passion in it. I knew I loved the art of photography but something was missing. Then my kids came. From then on, I knew it was my job to document their lives as a constant reminder to them that real love does exist.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
That love exists.
I’m newer to the wedding world but I use my knowledge of photographing parents with their children when photographing couples and surprising it works really well. Love is love. You can’t fake it. So my goal every time I pick up my camera, I do so with an intention to capture what real love is. These moments are fleeting – all of them, so why not bottle them up, right?!
How do you accomplish that?
If you are real with your subject, they’ll be real with you. The way I photograph my children is the same way I approach my subjects during any session. I don’t force you to act a certain way.
What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
I’m a goofball and I tell the worst jokes. I wish I was lying but my jokes are so bad. I really try to put myself in my subjects shoes. So by doing that, you can really see if they are uncomfortable or not and if they are then you can prompt a joke or interaction to break that awkwardness.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I have a few photographers that inspire the “philosophy” behind my work.
Coleen Hodges – She has taught me to be yourself. No one will take you seriously if you can’t take your self seriously. My work, art, talent, and heart are worth sharing.
Nicki Sebastian – How she highlights motherhood in the most graceful manner is truly inspiring.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I am a photographer with a Non-profit called Spectrum Inspired. We raise awareness of Autism through photographs by documenting children and their families on the spectrum. Every chance I get to help or give back to one of these families makes it all worth it and that’s an accomplishment in itself.
What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
I heard this at a workshop I attended and I will NEVER forget it. “If you want to be a better photographer, be a better person.”
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
The custom engraved USB’s. The photo boxes.
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The USB’s are something personal and tangible that my clients love.
How has packaging elevated your brand?
There is a piece of me that is left with my client’s memories. Not only did I take their photos but I help them make memories for a lifetime.