august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls

August is here, the beginning of school is looming and it’s time to introduce you to the newest CMpro of the Month, Kristin Ingalls.  Kristin is an incredible photographer that produces such captivating work.  Her work with light is amazing and she has three of the most adorable subjects, her daughters.  She is also one of the most kind and sincere people you will ever meet.  There is no one quite like Kristin and we are so thrilled to have her as the August CMpro of the Month!

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

Lets get to know a little bit about Kristin.  Share with us a little about yourself and how you became interested in photography?

I’m the mother of three wonderful girls, who are growing too quickly. Like so many, trying to  document at least a small part of what makes them so special to me, is what really sparked my interest in photography. Once I realized how much you could do with photography, I was hooked. I’ve always been somewhat technically minded as well as had an interest in art, so photography is a natural fit.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

What kind of higher education do you have and do you feel like it helps you with your current role as a photographer?

My bachelor’s degree is in design, and I think this background play’s a big part in my style as a photographer to this day. Even though I wasn’t a photography major, I think my degree has given me a good idea about composition and other things that have come in very handy with photography.

 What methods did you use to expand your photography knowledge?

I have been practicing for years. I’ve taken thousands upon thousands of images! I have also learned a ton by posting for critique. I was actually part of a small photography forum with some wonderful and talented people who had no problems telling it like it is. I found Clickin Moms through a member of that forum, and I’m so glad she suggested I check CM out. I’ve taken a few workshops along the way as well, mostly about the “art” side of photography as the technical side seems to come easier to me.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

Your subjects always looks so calm and relaxed in your images.  Do you have any tips for making your subjects at ease while shooting?

I tend to talk a lot, and think that helps people feel a little more at ease. I’m not above acting like a bit of a goofball or asking silly questions and such. Whatever it takes to get people’s minds off of the fact that I am indeed taking pictures of them.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

All of your work is gorgeous but there’s something special about your outdoor images and the deep, dark colors you get.  Is there a secret to obtaining such rich colors in your work?

Part of it is that I live in a beautiful part of the country, but the biggest part of it comes from the light. Finding the right light can bring so much depth to an image. Yes, processing can help, but, in my opinion, the light is what makes the image.

What do you look for when searching for an outdoor location?

Similar to the question above, when scouting a location, I look for areas that will have beautiful light. I like variety, so whether it’s a gorgeous field, the woods, or downtown, I chase the light.

Whether it’s a room in your home or a beautiful park, do you have a favorite location?  If so, why is it your favorite?

I have several favorites, but if I had to pick just one it would be the little park in my neighborhood. It has a playground and trails that run through the woods. The scenery is ever changing and so many of my favorite images have been taken there.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

You are open about keeping your business low key.  Can you expand on why you’ve chosen to only to pursue it part-time?

I have three girls who are either part of full time homeschooled. They keep me very busy, so I can’t take on more than a few clients a month. This meant my choices were to not go into business at all, or to pursue it on a very part time basis. I really do enjoy photographing people other than my own kids, and I do hope to be able to take on more business as they grow. Because there are some fixed expenses with running a business and I’m not able to take on a large volume at all, it’s not a big money maker for me at this time.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

You focus on photographing babies and families.  What is it about these two types of subjects that appeal to you?

I’m a people person and like most everyone, but there is something special about babies. I really enjoy getting to watch little ones grow right before my lens when they come in for multiple sessions that first year. Plus, I love that they think I’m funny no matter what I’m saying.

And as for families, one of my favorite things to capture in front of my lens is a connection – maybe the way Mom holds her sweet baby or the way Dad plays with his two year old daughter. When I can capture the love between family members it makes me happy inside.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

Tell us, what is one of the biggest things you’ve struggled with in your photography and how did you conquer it?

I would say one of my biggest struggles is confidence. I have a hard time believing that my work is good. I wouldn’t say I’m cured, but looking back on my earlier work I can see I’ve improved a lot. As far as a technical thing, I really struggled with white balance and skin tones for a long time. I finally trained my eyes by getting calibrated and using a white balance card. Now I don’t rely on the card as much, but it was an invaluable learning tool for me.

What is one tip that you would give to an aspiring photographer?

Don’t compare yourself to others. There will always be someone better than you. And that’s okay. We all learn and grow at our own rates. Try to only compare your work to your older work so you can see that you are indeed improving even if it’s not at the rate you would like.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

Are there any photography related goals that you have set for yourself for the next year?

Over the next year, I really hope to push myself to move past technically correct to emotionally beautiful images. Whether they make people laugh or cry, I would like my work to move people. As I mentioned, I’ve always enjoyed capturing connections in my images, and I would like to pursue that more as well.

Is there anything fun coming up for Kristin Ingalls Photography in the near future that you would like to share with us?

I have spent a long time working on a breakout session for Clickin Moms and can’t wait to share it with everyone. Other than that, I am looking forward to a busy, but not too busy fall, as I love the family sessions that come with the holiday season.

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

Kristin, you are incredible!  Thank you for sharing with us and we look forward to your breakout session! 

Make sure and visit Kristin’s website and blog to view more of her gorgeous work and keep up with all her recent happenings on her facebook page!

august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls photo

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37 Responses to “august cmpro of the month | kristin ingalls”

  1. Aug 01 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I adore your work, Kristin! Loved reading through this. Congratulations!

  2. Aug 01 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Congrats Kristin!

  3. Trudi
    Aug 01 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Love your pictures! What is in your "camera bag"(what kind of camera,lenses)?

    • Aug 02 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you, Trudi! I shoot with a Nikon D700 and an assortment of lenses. My favorites are my 85mm 1.4, 105mm macro, 135mm f2, and a 35mm.

  4. Aug 01 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    congrats on being pro of the month, kristin! your work always knocks my socks off! i loved this interview and can't wait for your breakout!

    • Aug 02 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Jodi, you are so sweet! Thank you!!

  5. Aug 01 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I totally relate to what you are saying about yourself Kristin. My life is very similar- 3 little ones homeschooled who I desperately want to document well… so I'm just part-time & honestly wondering if I should not be "in biz" at all because I can hardly keep up with the taxes & paperwork required. I love the creating part, and that being in biz the last couple years has pushed me to be better. It's always good to hear that others are in the same phase & that it's OK to not be in biz.

    • Aug 02 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Sarah, I'm so glad you this was helpful to you and that you are in a similar place to me.

  6. ColieJ
    Aug 01 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Congrats Kristin!!!

  7. ReneeE
    Aug 01 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Congrats Kristin! I love your work and your daughters are beautiful!

  8. Angie
    Aug 01 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    I love your work. Congratulations!

  9. Aug 01 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Congratulations, Kristin! Your work is beautiful.

  10. Melissa
    Aug 01 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I love love love your work. congratulations!!!!!

  11. Allison
    Aug 02 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Congrats Kristin! Such gorgeous images!!!

  12. Aug 02 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Great interview, Kristin! I have always been a big fan of your work. Can’t wait to hear about the breakout session! :)

  13. bluej23
    Aug 02 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Gorgeous work. Can't wait to see the breakout.

  14. Aug 02 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Oh Kristin I am such a big fan of yours!!! There is so much eye candy in this interview, thank you for sharing!!

  15. Aug 02 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Kristin, you have such an amazing eye for photography and the way you capture your subjects in that gorgeous light is spellbinding….almost like I can step into your pictures! Can’t wait to check out your breakout session!!!!

  16. cgoemans
    Aug 02 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Beautiful work!

  17. Aug 02 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    This was so fun to read Kristin. You use light masterfully. That matched up with your beautiful surroundings makes me in awe of your work. I love the more organic feel to your images. And you are such a sweetheart <3

  18. Ligia
    Aug 03 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Wow Kristin you are awesome, so real and down go earth, I love your work! Can you be my best friend? LOL

  19. Aug 04 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Congrats Kristin, beautiful, beautiful work!
    Love the earthiness to your images.

  20. Mara
    Aug 06 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Kristin, I loved learning more about you! Your images are breathtaking and I think you are already capturing emotion so beautifully.

  21. Aug 07 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Gorgeous work, Kristin! Congratulations! It's been fun learning a little more about you!!

  22. Kristen
    Aug 07 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Congrats, Kristin! I'm a longtime fan of your work! Your use of light is mesmerizing. <3

  23. Aug 08 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    What a great interview Kristin. Congrats on being Pro of the Month for August! I can't wait to see what your breakout is!

    Shan

  24. Aug 10 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Congratulations, Kristin! Wonderful interview and I could look at your images of your girls all day long! You're so amazing! :) I feel so privileged to have had you photograph my family!

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