Interview with Photographer Kendall Kinmiar James Cunningham
Creative Director/Photographer: Kendall-Kinmiar James Cunningham @Kinmiar
Wardrobe Stylist/Model: D'nia Defrance @_defrance Makeup Artist: Catherine @melanin.kitkat
Hey Kendall-Kinmiar, We are so happy to have you as a part of INTRA magazine, you were one of our first social features so it’s great to be able to give our readers a full series of your work. What were you inspirations or thought processes behind this series?
The Model explained that she felt like Jessica Rabbit from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” with the hair style she had so we just kind of went off the vibe.
When do you first remember getting involved in photography?
A few years ago, I was shooting a lot of events, specifically fashion shows.
Was it something you have always been passionate about?
I think it just fell in my lap; finding out that i was actually good at it and genuinely enjoyed it. Ever since I discovered it I’ve been obsessed.
How do you keep your self motivated with your photography?
I’m not sure honestly. I guess being around other creatives helps a bit but I just enjoy creativing through photography and retouching as well.
Do you feel like the current worlds circumstances has hindered or helped your motivation? We feel like some creatives have really struggled where others have thrived, what’s your views on the last few months?
The last few months have affected me more positively than negatively I’d say. I’ve been able to focus more on my craft instead of the corporate job that I was spending most of my time at. I was allowed to shoot more often and spend more time experimenting and discovering new ideas.
What would you say is your favourite thing about photography?
The collaboration process with the other artists. It’s always exciting to simply create with other artists and photography is my vehicle.
Do you think its changed you in anyway?
It has allowed me to appreciate art and other people’s opinion and views of it.
Do you have any favourite pieces of equipment you couldn’t live without?
Outside of my camera, I’d say my favorite lens I started really shooting with a 55mm ziess sony lens. While I don’t use it much anymore, I feel like I can do no wrong when it’s in my hand.
If you had unlimited money and resources to create whatever shoot set up you wanted, who and what would you photograph?
Probably Rihanna an exotic beach location somewhere extremely remote at night. Moon in full view reflecting in the ocean.
You images are without a doubt, constantly flawless. What is the impression you want viewers to get from your work?
Not sure, I’d hope that they’d think “Wow that’s stunningly clean simply beautiful and colorful” I like forthem to appreciate the image as a whole; the model, lighting and retouch. I see my style as very minimal. I don’t like a lot of distractions between me and the subject. Sometimes the model’s presence is enough for me to create.
Do you have any favourite images of your own?
Yes, while I love them all there are 1 or 2 favorites. One in particular is the black & white image that is my current IG profile. The image is one of the first that helped me realise that I was getting better at the craft.
Is there another photographer who has influenced or inspired you through you creative journey?
No one photographer in particular but a collocation of photographers locally and internationally I have looked to for inspiration.
What do you think is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Simply starting my photography business and running my studio. I feel as though i still have a lot to accomplish but i am definitely proud of it so far.
Is there any thing key in the future your aiming for?
My aim is to work with international brands and figures in the beauty and fashion industry. To honestly have my work viewed and everywhere, to create freely and be compensated well for it.
Lastly do you have any tips for photographers/creatives at the start of their journey?
My advice is to research your craft and shoot what and how YOU like to. Don’t compare yourself to other photogrpaher’s success and embrace what makes you unique.
We want to Thank you for featuring within INTRA, where could viewers find more information about you and connect with your work?
You can find my on Instagram @Kinmiar you can also book and find more of my work through my studio’s website www.hautemicestudios.com