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Art & Life with Kalena Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalena Otsubo.

Kalena, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story as a photographer started out very unique because I began my business when I was 14 years old! For my birthday, my parents gave me a camera and I just fell in love with portrait photography. After my first session, my business rapidly grew by referral. I am also completely self-taught.

Originally, I was based in Kansas City, MO, but currently I travel between Southern Arizona and Mid-Missouri as I finish my college education. I love that I can travel with my business and meet new people through my work wherever I go! I also love being able to tell other people’s stories through my camera.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My specialty is natural-light, family portraiture because I truly enjoy capturing the love between parents and their kids. Each family is unique! I find it a privilege that I am able to capture the authentic bond between families and give them keepsakes they will treasure for generations. My clients are a joy to me and I am incredibly thankful that I get to create art for a living!.

I would describe my photography style as bright and colorful. One of my main goals is to provide photographic services at an affordable price because I believe everyone has a right to high-quality photos. I honestly just want to be a blessing to people wherever I go and I hope that my clients come away from my sessions feeling happy.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
In some ways artists have it easier because of the amount of resources we have available to them through the internet. However, it also can be more difficult because we sometimes compare our work to others’ too much. I think community is important for artists to encourage each other. It’s important to work with fellow artists and be the kind of person who people enjoy being around! Just being kind to one another goes a long way!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work on my website! www.kalenaphotography.com. I gather most of my support through my Facebook where I connect with my clients. I’d love to chat with anyone who finds my work interesting!

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Kalena Otsubo Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen Mitchell

    September 11, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    A truly gifted and intelligent Photographer.

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