Why Photography? | Kayla Lunde – Lifestyle+Documentary Photographer | Chicago + West Suburbs

Hello and Welcome!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

I figured I should start out by doing a little introduction post to help you get to know a little bit more about me and my photography journey. I have been fascinated with photography since at least the age of 5. My earliest memories are of running around my family farm with my purple hand-me-down film camera, just snapping away at anything and everything. I still have many of those images today. Most are out of focus and crooked and the majority are literally of the ground or a tree or something, but hey, ya gotta start somewhere am I right!?

I also remember spending hours upon hours looking through old photographs of my parents and grandparents and all of my relatives and their friends. I very much enjoy family history. I love digging deeper into who these people were and what their lives were like. For as long as I can remember I’ve been interrogating my family members (and my husband’s!), craving more and more information, more and more stories. I am a visual learner and I think that’s where the photography came in for me. It is a visual story. It is something tangible that I can hold in my hands an play out the story in my head like an old film reel. I can place myself at the scene and engage my other senses to get a feel for what it may have been like. To this day I get the most joyous explosion in my heart and chest when I sit and look through old photographs; intensified when I’m sitting with someone else and talking through the story of that day. This is exactly where my passion for photography comes from. I want to tell my life’s story in the best, most tangible way I know how.. and for me, that is through photographs. I want to write out the story of my children’s childhood for them in the most detailed narrative I can muster up. I want more than just a few images of each holiday or special occasion, everyone standing in a group or a line and smiling at the camera. Those are great! I have many from my own childhood! I love and cherish them, they are important, and I still do take those images of my own children and family to this day. However, I want more than that. I want my children to flip through their photo albums as adults as if they are flipping through a children’s storybook.  I want it to take them right back to that very moment. Or at least take me back. I want to smell it and feel it; relive it. This is ultimately what drives me and my art. And I am seriously over the moon, to now be offering this to other families. I am also an empath and a giver. Giving and helping others fuels my body and soul like nothing else on this earth. When I do a session for someone I look at it as a gift from me to my client. This ensures that I am putting my heart, my soul, my very best into the session. I want this gift to be something that is loved on and cherished for decades to come. And my hope, my priority, is that this message is easily conveyed to every client I work with.

Like many other momtogs I know, it was after the birth of my first child that my photography journey really took off. Prior to that the idea of telling a story drew me in, but pressing the shutter at any given time was all I really knew. On the day he was born though, telling a strong visual story became the most important part of photography for me. I wanted to capture and hold onto every age, every stage, and every milestone. Even more so, because we were far from our family and that was the only way they could watch my son grow. I wanted them to feel as though they had been there to experience each moment and milestone with us. For about 6 years now I have worked diligently to hone my storytelling ability. It hasn’t been the quickest journey I have to say, and thankfully it is far from over. I love that there is no ceiling to an artists ability to learn and grow. I look forward to each new adventure and exploration in the world of photography. One of the biggest reasons I have decided to take on clients is because of the joy and adrenaline rush it gives me. It’s fueling my growth in a way that documenting the same people in the same environments all of the time just cannot accomplish. And I am excited to see where it will take me.

So here we go… I hope you will jump on my train and ride this journey with me. I hope you stay to watch as I grow and change (hopefully all for the better! hahaha). I hope this post gives you a better understanding of who I am, what my focus is, and Why, Photography.