GO ROAM + DREAM WILD
some personal deets..
hi guys I’m Kendall Gumm
I just turned 25 and recently married my high school sweetheart!
I have been doing professional photography for 3 years now. I graduated from college with a degree in General Business. I always knew I wanted to create something of my own but I wasn’t quite sure where exactly life and my busy mind would lead me. I started a small pop-up shop right after graduation in 2015. I made jewelry and sold clothes and absolutely LOVED what I was doing. BUT, it wasn’t “it”. I still felt a little lost in life, I wasn’t fully providing for myself and it started to feel stagnant and suffocating. Collecting inventory felt wasteful, and I couldn’t rely on just myself for labor. Anyways, you get it. It just wasn’t working out the way I had dreamed it would. During this fashion quest it dawned on me that I started buying clothes that wouldn’t sell, but would look ‘so cool’ on my models for our photoshoots. I kept catching myself whining to my now husband that ‘I just wanted to be a photographer’. It took about 6 months before I finally felt that I just had to try this. BUT, I am a perfectionist so I knew I had to feel capable before I really took the plunge. I don’t half ass anything.. I will use my full ass or I won’t do it. 😉
Well, I am so thankful that I tried because I have not felt lost a day since. This is it. This is what I am meant to be doing. I feel it in my heart. Every time I end a photoshoot I can physically feel my heart smiling. Meeting strangers at the beginning of a shoot that feel like friends by the time we leave is one of the coolest things in my life. I’m pretty introverted, so without this career I don’t think I would have ever gotten to meet and get to know so many wonderful people!
Making my clients happy is my utmost priority. I promise to make you feel as beautiful as you are. You will not sit through a shoot with me and question if you look good, or if you’ll like the photos.. I show you as we go and I make sure I tell you that you look AMAZING at least 150 times before the shoot is over. These photos are for you. I’m here to capture your monumental moments, the most special days that you will want to always remember. Whatever your version of perfection is, I want to achieve that. Every detail, angle, light, expression – I have a vision and I want to create it with YOU. I have no formal education concerning my fancy schmancy piece of glass- BUT I love what I do, and I will make sure that your vision and my vision collide together to make a piece of perfection! I won’t settle for something that I don’t absolutely love. That’s why I guarantee that I will always go above and beyond to make sure you love your photos.
I can’t wait to get to know you if you chose to trust me with your moments.
Being content is what makes me happiest. Being still. I have never felt more calm, at peace, and C O N T E N T with where I am. With who I am. I used to yearn, to search. Feelings of being incomplete, not enough. Like I could be doing more, being more, if I just pushed myself harder I’d achieve whatever my mind was seeking. Not with just photography, but with life. But, I am happy to report that my plate is full, and I finally feel an overwhelming weight has lifted.
I stopped listening to what my mind told me was success, and I started chasing the goals of my heart.. and I have never been happier. Our minds are influenced by the outside.. the money, the appearance, the social media following or likes – ‘if we do more, we’ll achieve more’ and be happier as a result. But, the heart. The heart wants to love and be loved, to cherish and be cherished. It is good and simple and pure. I’m right where my heart has always wanted to be, and I am soaking up this moment in life. I’m not yearning, I’m not searching, and I feel blessed to say that. I love exactly what’s manifested in this business, and in my life.
All I’m saying is follow your heart. Don’t listen to what your mind tells you you should want, but what you actually want. Deep down – do the stuff that really brings you joy and lights a fire inside of your heart. When you picture your perfect life – what is your end goal? Say YES to anything that brings you closer to that.