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Destination Wedding Photographer, Kenzie Victory

Meet Kenzie Victory, a favorite of ours here at Olive Avenue!
When did you start your photography career
I started 10 years ago when I was 16. This wasn't when it was normal for 16 year olds to start businesses and photograph weddings so the thought of someone hiring me so young is still crazy (and I kind of feel bad sometimes for those first clients.) 
Where did your love for photography stem from?
I always knew I was drawn to photography. I would stalk the magazine aisle in the grocery store while my mom was shopping so that I could look at all the ads for big fashion houses.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I have always loved high fashion photography and I would say that is my biggest inspiration. I strive for an elevated, editorial feel with a European influence in location. Anything rich in architecture sings to my soul. Sounds cheesy, but it's true.
Self-taught or did you take classes?
Self taught. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to how to learn photography. Some day I wish I had a formal education and other days I'm grateful I never had anyone teach me the "correct" way to take a photo. 

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?

I love that I get the opportunity to meet so many amazing couples and see the way they uniquely love. Everyone is so different and I learn so much about marriage and the diverse ways people form a union and make their relationship work.

 Favorite thing about specializing in destination weddings?

The one thing everyone guesses. The perk of traveling. It isn't always glamorous but I am so fortunate to be able to see so many new places. In addition, I am so much more inspired by venues than having to work at the same location week after week.

Any advice for picking the perfect wedding photographer?

Look at more than just the price. Although price is ultimately very important, in 10 years you most likely won't remember how much you paid, but you will certainly remember how much you loved your photos.

When you aren't shooting for clients, what do you love to photograph?

Portrait work. I have always wanted to do a series of 100 or so people and invite them into a studio and photograph them face on, waist up, in black and white film. It is a vulnerable setting where you get a sense of who they are. There is something romantic about it that isn't wedding related, yet you see the love that we are surrounded by. Eventually I would like to take those photos and make a book with their stories. This isn't a revolutionary idea or something that hasn't been done before, but I think the process would be intriguing and so inspiring. 

     If you want to take a peak into Kenzie's work, you can follow her HERE.

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