Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Hammond.
Kimberly, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was not one of those people that knew what they wanted to do when they grew up. I always loved babies and photography was something that interested me. As a little girl, I would set up mock photoshoots for my dogs complete with beanbags, blanket backdrops and whatever random figurines I could find, usually the creepy Easter bunny statues. The pictures weren’t great, but my 6/7-year-old self was so proud of them.
Following high school, I attended The University of Texas at Arlington and had no idea what I wanted to major in but loved the idea of giving people a voice, so I pursued a degree in Journalism. Along the way, I took countless photography classes and worked my tail off learning as much as I could. My final year at UTA I was introduced to birth photography, and the seed was planted.
After graduation, I married my high school sweetheart, and he encouraged me to pursue my dream. I decided that in order to break into the birth world, I needed to become a doula first. I pursued my doula certification in 2013 and during one of my births was asked to snap a few pictures of the mom and dad laboring together. At that moment everything clicked (pun intended), and I knew being behind the camera documenting birth stories was where I was meant to be.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I strive to capture moments. Moments that are gone in fractions of a second. Moments we might forget. Moments that are small and moments that are powerful. There are so many emotions and little details during birth/postpartum that are easily forgotten. Why not capture this fleeting time?
Through my photography I strive to show you your strength in a time you might have felt weak, courage when you felt fear, support when you felt alone, your determination when you felt like giving up, and finally the relief and joy, oh the joy, that comes when you have crossed the finish line. I want my photographs to empower and show how truly incredible and beautiful you are.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Working as a creative can definitely be lonely. I encourage anyone pursuing a career in this field to connect with their peers. Thankfully we live in the era of social media, and there are countless groups that can offer support. I encourage you to not only connect with your peers online but to make a point to meet with them in person. I have been lucky to meet some amazing photographers along the way and having their support and understanding has been paramount to my success. Try to leave your ego at the door and welcome the community over the competition, after all, there is plenty of work to go around!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can view my work at Khamphotography.com. I have also been featured on Huffington Post, Birth Becomes Her, People, and Cafe Mom.
- Website: khamphotography.com
- Phone: 214-687-2242
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kimberly.hammond.photography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/khamphotography
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