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Check Out Kennedy Young’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kennedy Young.  

Hi Kennedy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Originally, I was inspired by my dad. The first camera I used and everything I learned in the beginning, came from him. He was always taking pictures of my family, which sparked my interest in photography. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I found myself in love with photography as a medium of art. I love the way that it can be used to capture fleeting moments of beauty, an instant in time that no one can ever get back. In a time in my life where it seemed so easy to focus on the negative, photography motivated me to remain hopeful for the future of beauty by reminding me of the joy I was able to capture in the past. I am currently attending the University of Florida, working towards my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography. Over the last two summers, I have also been working at a photography studio, which has helped me improve in many ways. My personal practice mainly consists of nature photography, the type in which I am most passionate about. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had a lot to learn since my dad’s teachings. Through my classes and my job, I’ve learned so much about not only the technical aspects of the medium but the impact of photography as a conceptual art on the world. I have my professors and colleagues to thank for helping me along the way to learn and grow as a photographer. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
While I do love my job as a portrait photographer, the work I am most passionate about is my nature photography. I am inspired by the feeling of serenity and joy that my photos give me to try and share that feeling with those around me. I wish to share my appreciation for the life I get to experience and help others notice the beauty around them as well. 

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Switzerland, where I believe some of my best and definitely some of my favorite images were taken. I have always had a love for nature and animals growing up, and being able to capture the beauty I could see almost seemed like magic. Whether it be the mountains of Switzerland or the forests of Florida, I am always looking for the magical moments through my camera. 

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Pinterest and Instagram have always aided me when I feel creatively burnt out. It really helps inspire me, coming up with new ideas by seeing what other people are creating. 

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