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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kim Davidson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Davidson.

Hi Kim, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Oddly enough, I found my path to photography by pursuing a career that was not a great fit for me. Straight out of college, I went to work in the financial industry. At that time, working in corporate America was my view of success. Work for a big corporation, 9 – 5, five days a week, benefits, paid time off, you get the picture. I stayed in the industry way longer than I probably should have. I met many great people along the way, including my now husband, but I came home most days unfulfilled and unhappy. I have always had a passion for photography. Most of my lunch hour at work was spent perusing photography blogs and websites, reading the stories of the couples, the pregnancies, and the little ones whose lives filled up those pages. I loved the story that those images told.

Shortly after we were married, my lunch hour also started to fill up with fertility treatments. My path to motherhood was grueling—multiple rounds of treatments, over three and a half years, with many losses along the way. I had never wanted something so badly in my entire life. Once we became pregnant, my husband and I both decided that I would become a stay-at-home mom. I worked so hard to bring this little person into the world that the thought of being away from him was too much to handle. Once he was here, I picked up the fancy camera my husband had gifted me a few years prior and never looked back. I was determined to learn to capture the beautiful images I saw over lunch when I would escape into the photography world. I spent many a nap hour and late nights taking online photography courses and watching ‘YouTube videos. Of course, my subject was the sweet little bundle of joy we had just welcomed into the world. I was sharing these images on my social media platforms as most mommies do. Over time, as my images became stronger, I was slowly getting the nudge from family and friends to pursue photography as a business. Dipping my toes in the water has taken me a long time. That being said, I can’t wait to see where this all leads.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to photography has most definitely not been smooth. Our little one received an autism diagnosis in March of this year. While I proudly hold the title of autism mama and knew that the diagnosis was most likely coming, it was still hard to hear. I needed some time to sit with the grief & sadness, anger & fear. I also needed to ensure that I had assembled the best care team possible for our son. I was lining up his various therapies, attending IEP meetings, choosing the best schooling path for him, etc. All this to say, I needed to press pause on my photography career to give my everything to this new world that we suddenly emerged into. It’s been six months since the diagnosis, and I am finally starting to feel like I have my bearings again. I know that to be the best wife and mommy I can be, I need to pour into myself as much as I do my family. Photography does that for me. It fills a creative outlet. It allows me to serve others. I picked my camera back up for the first time last month and haven’t been able to put it down since.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a natural light photographer residing in Litchfield Park, AZ. My photography style is a lifestyle in nature. While perfectly posed images of your family looking at the camera are lovely, I love capturing those in-between moments. The mama knelt in the grass, looking for ladybugs with her little one. The daddy is tossing his baby into the air. A mama’s hands are resting on a pregnant belly. Every day, in between moments that most see as ordinary, I find extraordinary. That is where the most genuine smiles are captured. That is where the most natural, authentic images of your loved ones can be found. While my photography journey is just beginning, I have found myself leaning towards all things motherhood. From maternity up through those very early years, capturing the connection between a mama and her little ones is where I find the most joy and fulfillment.

What’s next?
I am most looking forward to the launch of my website. I am not tech savvy by any means (except for my camera, ha!), so I currently have a love/hate relationship with my computer. If everything goes according to plan, it should be up and running by the beginning of November. Once my site is live, I am looking forward to using my photography skills to raise awareness for the autism community. I still haven’t figured out exactly what that looks like, just quite yet, but I think I have a really great idea in mind.

Contact Info:

  • Website: under construction
  • Instagram: @kimdavidsonphotography
  • Facebook: Kim Davidson Photography

Image Credits
My headshot was taken by Devon Stoebe Photo.

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