Today I’m excited to (more formally) introduce my creative sister, Kristen of Fidelis Studio. You’ve seen Kristen’s work featured in my recent style posts and can find a broader scope of her work over on her blog, where she shares weekly gluten-free recipes and images for the 52 project. Kristen, tell us more about yourself.
Tell us more about Fidelis Studio. How and when did you begin? My father gave me my first real camera, a Pentax ME Super film camera, when I graduated early from high school. It was his own camera, and a great start for my own creative journey. I was just shooting on the Pentax and sending my film away, feeling pretty great about the images that were coming out of that little camera. I began taking film classes at the community college near my home, and to be honest, I was terribly frustrated developing my own film. I thought that I might give up all together after my first semester of Black+White. I could take a good photo, but processing it was another thing altogether. After much encouragement from family and friends, a few years of maturing, and getting hitched, I opened up my own business, kmdfoto. A year into my business, in 2008, my husband joined me full-time, and we changed the business name to Fidelis Studio. We are a husband and wife studio, specializing in weddings and lifestyle portraiture. I do tend to update our blog with many other photo projects as well, like food inspiration/photography, and other personal photo projects.
Who or what most inspires your work? Nature: trees, wide open fields, color, big Texas skies, interesting plants, sun, light, without a doubt nature.
How do you balance home and work life? Do you have a tip to share? I dont’t! Seriously, this is an area that I have always struggled finding balance. One thing that I have noticed that helps me is to leave my phone away from hang out time with my kids. If I’m outside playing, leave it inside where I don’t see or hear every little notification which sends me into working mode.
When you’re not working, what might you be doing? I would most likely be creating something tasty in the kitchen.