Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaleena Thompson.
Kaleena, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, I’ve always had a deep appreciation and admiration for photography and photographers. But, honestly, I never thought that I could actually be a photographer one day. I have a journalism background and up until a few years ago, I had never pursued any other creative field outside of writing and editing.
Then, there was an unexpected bump in my life. I went through a bad breakup (I know… isn’t it always a relationship gone wrong?). The pain was in a word: unbearable. After a period of de-motivation and overdosing on chocolate and tears, I felt moved to “reinvent myself” and make the most out of life. And being a woman of faith, I was reminded of my purpose, my worth, my hopes and my dreams.
I soon, started traveling to some of the most amazing places on my travel bucket list and discovered a new outlook on life. And then… photography happened. Literally, one day, I just decided to buy a camera and shoot.
Fast-forward to a couple of years, I’ve been blessed to capture love and life of the beautiful and vibrant people of South Florida and beyond.
Has it been a smooth road?
Let’s just say it’s been a learning experience. Working in Corporate America has given me a slight advantage when it comes to navigating business and marketing. But there’s always the bumps and bruises along the way. From defining my style to pricing packages, I was always second-guessing myself. Then couple that with feelings of insecurity about the quality of my work and managing difficult clients, made for some sleepless nights! However, I thank God for those moments because I’ve grown and learned from the experience. This business continues to teach me, challenge me and groom me to be a better photographer and girl boss. And I’m very thankful to have a support system — family, friends and even clients who’ve whispered (and sometimes shouted) words of affirmation throughout this journey. It means the world to an artist!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a lifestyle and fashion photographer who specializes in documenting families, seniors, weddings and bloggers. It’s not just about taking their picture, but telling their story through my lens. You see, I feel that photos are so much more authentic when you capture the heartbeat of life, love and everything in between. And when I’m spending time with my clients, I get to hear their story, make them laugh, and be myself. It’s a happy place for me and I believe it resonates with them. Plus, clients tell me that’s what makes me unique!
How do you define success?
I define success by the impact I have on people. It’s not just about the coins I make. It’s about freezing time and memories in the most beautiful and authentic way for my clients. If their portraits moved them to just say, “thank you,” I’ve made it.
- Website: www.kaleenacarolannphoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/kaleenathomps
- Facebook: facebook.com/KaleenaCarolAnnPhotography
Kaleena Carol-Ann Photography