What’s better than getting photoshoot outfit ideas straight from the pros! In this interview with Kimberly Minor, you’ll learn what outfits fit her style of photography, moody. Her style may be moody, but her pictures are full of love and emotion.
I’ve had both the pleasure of having Kimberly take our family photos and of interviewing her! She is so easy to work with, super talented, and a true professional. On top of it all, she’s an amazing mom too! I love her work, she has become a force of nature in the photography world! Her photos have been featured on Unscripted, the posing app for photographers.
Q: So, Kimberly, how long have you been a professional photographer? Did you spend some time as a hobbyist before going pro?
A: I started as a hobby in 2018. In 2019, I started charging for sessions, but in 2020, I really made the full leap into being a full-time photographer and pursuing this as my career.
Q: Where is your photography business located? What areas do you serve?
A: I am located in Newnan, but I travel a good bit! I’m pretty much willing to go anywhere within an hour of my home.
Q: What made you want to go into photography as a profession? Please tell us how it all begin?
A: My daughter was born in 2017, and diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18. We were told 90 percent of children die by age one, so I was very intent on documenting as much of her life as possible. After a year of taking millions of cell phone pictures and paying for professional pictures, my husband bought me a small DSLR camera for Christmas in 2018. I started out just taking pictures of my daughter, but my passion and desire to learn grew every year. After some mentorship with a local photographer, some classes, and lots of mistakes, I’ve helped shape and grow my business into what it is today…. my full-time career and passion.
Q: What is your preferred editing style?
A: I shoot warm & moody. I like to play with the sun and use it to my advantage during golden hour. I also shoot indoors for newborn sessions, and I consider that to be more moody but less vibrant. More focused on neutrals and textures than colors.
Q: Why is warm & moody your preferred style?
A: I think I like to capture the beauty of an organic moment and what that moment means to us, versus just how it looks. I like to capture the magic in a special moment, whether that be between a mother & child or a family as they are out playing. I really always want my sessions to appear organic, cohesive, and fun.
Q: What type of Photoshoots do you do the most? Family, wedding, etc.
A: I shoot mostly families and every variation of that, however, I also do the occasional small wedding .
Q: Let’s talk about this photo, it’s gorgeous! How do you figure out how to pose people? Especially kids?
A: I’ve learned with kids to work with them, not against them. All of us know that our children are beautiful, and it’s my job to capture that beauty for the parents. I genuinely LOVE working with kids (which some photographers think is crazy!) I like the spontaneous fun moments they create on their own, and I don’t do much but follow them around and document their joy, wonder, and personality. I usually ask parents to just let me take charge and not worry about telling their kids how to smile or how to interact with the camera, because I want the images to be organic.
Q: Do you have any advice for moms & dads preparing for a family photoshoot? What photoshoot outfit ideas can you share?
A: I offer all of my clients complimentary style guides that I work with them to build. I personally love keeping it simple, with a few tones of the same color and a neutral base. I love when families are NOT matchy matchy. Being overly “matchy” really depletes the fact that each individual in the family builds this greater unit. Hats are always fun and I always encourage families to dress nicer than they normally would. It really elevates the images.
Q: Do you have any examples of Family Photoshoots where the styling was on point?
A: Yes! (see pictures below)
Q: Do you have any tips for clients on what they should bring for their kids to make the process more enjoyable and successful?
A: Bribery, lol. I always have a bag of suckers in the car just in case! I also suggest that families treat sessions as a fun event out of the house versus just a chore to get accomplished. One of my regular clients makes it a big night for her kids, getting them dressed nice for the session, and then taking them to a great dinner afterwards!
Those are some great tips and photoshoot outfit ideas! Thank you so much to Kimberly for doing this interview with me! I can’t wait for our next photoshoot together in November. I’m preparing already!
If you’d like to check out more of Kimberly’s work here’s all her links!