Today we’d like to introduce you to Riley Corbin.
Hi Riley, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I began exploring the world of photography in high school, learning all the basics. From using the camera, to learning the tools in photoshop, becoming familiar behind the camera. My dad picked up photography as a hobby when I was in middle school & I constantly found myself fascinated by the mechanics behind it all.
Capturing one moment in time to be able to look back on in years ahead. I’ve always found myself drawn back to photography even when life took me down different paths. After working a full time job, not feeling like I’m reaching my creative potential, I began exploring the idea of trying out some free lance photography as a side gig. My dad passed down his camera gear & off to the races I went. It started as offering my services for free to friends & family.
I began primarily focused around shooting children and family (it’s the pre-k teacher in me- I’m a kid person what can I say) then slowing progressing into couples and lifestyle shoots. I landed my first wedding gig within one year of promoting myself, followed by dozens of family sessions, engagements, senior pictures, the list goes on and on.
In early spring of 2020, I was accepted as a KCFW (Kansas City Fashion Week) photographer for their Spring 2020 runway show. It didn’t take long before I began jumping on any and every opportunity I could to get behind my camera and create something magical. Art, more specifically photography is such a fluid concept and there’s so much waiting to be captured.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Starting any business from the ground up has its challenges. As a photographer/artist the vulnerability you feel when putting your work out into the world can weigh heavily. The most challenging part I’ve found isn’t building my business or finding clientele but it’s the inner battles I have of constantly comparing my work and talent to others. It’s so easy to get discouraged and feel like you aren’t achieving the same level of beauty as others in the business.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in children and family photography. I find I excel in being able to capture organic smiles and the purest form of love between kids & their parents. Being able to click my shutter and instantly I have a moment in time frozen for them to forever look back on.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love the variety of backgrounds Kansas City provides. The options are endless! Always new places to scope out.
- Mini Sessions: one location, 30 minutes (7-10 images) for $75
- 60 minute Session: one location, 15-20 images- $125
- Engagement Sessions: 2 hours, up to 3 locations, 40-60 images- $225
- Senior Picture Session: 2 hours, up to 3 locations, 40-50 images- $175
- Newborn/Fresh 48: one hour, 20-25 images- $125
- Instagram: Rileycorbinphotography
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/rileycorbinphotography/