Kevin McGloshen, KPM Photography

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Lessons of a freelance photographer

The process of becoming a photographer takes many forms. Some begin in school and some are self-taught, while others are able to turn a hobby into a thriving photography business. As varied as our modes of becoming a photographer are our expectations for the future.

My journey began in college, carried me into the newspaper business and eventually to my current place in the butt-clenching world of freelance. Am I happy? Yes. Was this the path I envisioned during my intro to photography class way back in college? No.

Did I ever think that one day I would be shooting weddings? Hell no, I’m a “damn photojournalist.” How about baby or maternity photos? Not even close. And the epitome of mockery among myself and my classmates … the Santa photos. Ha, not in the furthest reaches of my mind could I have pictured myself wrangling screaming kids into the lap of a fake Santa, dangling candy canes and wishes in front of hopeful children. Read more…

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Politicking … photographically speaking

I was recently hired by a political consulting firm to photograph Jennifer Webb, currently running for Madison County Circuit Court Clerk. The photos will be used to update her website, fill up mailers and for general publicity/press releases.

The shoot would take place in Richmond, Ky., about two hours south of Louisville. It was an early start, with photos beginning at 9 a.m., so I left the house around 6:30 to give myself plenty of time. Read more…