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Conversations with Kieran Kadlec

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kieran Kadlec.

Hi Kieran, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started my journey with photography around 6 years ago. I began with videography and fell in love with photography soon after. I began with seniors and families and after doing my first wedding, I was hooked. Couples photography is so magical to me- the connection between the lovers, the small details that characterize their relationship. Weddings are incredibly beautiful as well- I could photograph details all day! For the first 4 years of photography, I was part time and a full time server as well as a full time preschool teacher. 2 years ago I began boudoir photography and empowerment photography and that very quickly changed my life. I consider myself a feminist and woman’s advocate and boudoir photography fulfilled my life’s purpose. I became a full time boudoir and wedding photographer in 2020 and its been the greatest journey of my life.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oh, definitely not! Monetizing your passion and building a business from it is a struggle all in itself that many artists don’t talk about. There are also sooooo many background details to running a photography business that isn’t seen upfront. Shooting and editing is only about 60-70% of the job. I spend alot of time behind the scenes communicating to clients, advertising, marketing, website design (and redesign..), taxes and other legal documents and designing welcome and prep guides to help clients move smoothly through the session and have the best time possible. Learning these things and getting education 2 years ago when I decided to be full time was a difficult but necessary investment. I’m still continually learning and investing in education.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m now solely a couples and boudoir photographer. I mostly do boudoir and would say that is my specialty. I have a very dark, moody, romantic and slightly earthy vibe to my editing style which I think draws in really cool people for me to shoot with. I named my business Black Gem to reflect that style that I’m known for, as well as myself as I’m a more gothic looking witch, lol. I’m very proud of my studio and the design of it. Finding furniture and doing DIY projects is so fun to me and makes my space 100% original which I think sets me apart.

When I shoot boudoir, I like to really connect with my model on their body positivity journey and get to know them that way so I can boost them up. It’s important to me that the sessions aren’t only about photos and the appearance but about the experience and memories that are attached to those photos.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
As a kid, I was really into the outdoors (still am lol) but I loved catching toads by the pond at our house and creating little terrarium homes for them. I loved finding cool rocks, making little art pieces out of nature materials and spending a lot of time outside with my friends. In middle school, I was definitely a scene kid, expressed myself through coloring my hair every color and wearing a lot of makeup. I think being able to express yourself creatively through your personal style is SO important. I haven’t grown out of any of that much but I’m tamer these days, lol.

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Amber Nicole Patton
Ronnie Erickson

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