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Hidden Gems: Meet Kymberly Ebright of Kymberly Janelle Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kymberly Ebright.

Hi Kymberly, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Back in 2010, I picked up a friend’s DSLR camera and knew that I knew that I would become a photographer. Now let me preface that with saying when I started in the fashion industry years beforehand, I told my photographer friends I would never be a photographer. I think they say “never say never” for a good reason. January 2011, I bought a camera and began learning everything I could. I apprenticed under some of the top wedding photographers in Seattle, WA and second shot as much as I could to learn the business. Six months later, I officially launched my business.

A year later, I decided to move to Kansas City. I moved my photography business to KCMO knowing it would take some time to get established but truthfully, it was HARD. I was ready to give up within a year. But right when I contemplated throwing in the towel, I met the right people that helped launch my business. I began diving into photographing seniors and that is how my business took off in Kansas City. My seniors have now become my brides, and my brides have become my maternity and family session clients. I now have an incredible business that includes photographing clients for every big milestone. It has been so fun to grow with clients the past 7+ years in KC.

I am a FT photographer and this year, I just launched a second company called KC Photobooth Co. that serves the Kansas City area for all events and weddings needing a photo booth. It has been so fun to grow my vision and business over the last couple of years. As a single mom owning my own business has made it possible to be there for my son and to take him all over the country with me as I travel.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The hardest part was not giving up when I first moved to Kansas City. Because photography truly dropped in my lap, I knew this was something that I was supposed to pursue. Trusting the process and journey of the business has been the biggest learning experience. Trusting the right clients will find. They always do, and I am always in tears grateful they do. Second hard obstacle was going through divorce. It sucked everything out of me. Emotionally and financially. I had to close down my studio part of my business. I honestly wasn’t sure how I would make it through but being the enneagram three that I am, I fought to do and be better. I surrendered my business to God and said if you want this for me this is all you. Three years later, my business has been rebuilt and I am a happier, healthier version of myself and I have a business I am so proud to call my own. I would just encourage anyone going through a hard time in their personal life or business life to not give up. Every day do something to invest in your business. Show up every day.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I am really proud of pursuing a stewarding vs hustling mindset in my businesses. As a single mom, I think the temptation is to hustle, hustle, hustle. While I want growth, I also want peace of mind.

My goal is to steward my time, energy, and finances well to be able to grow my business. I refuse to hustle. No hamster wheels for me. Ten years in, I am just as grateful for every client that comes my way each day as I was when I first started. I tell my clients this all the time, I don’t take any of this granted. That fact that people choose me to document their day. That they trust me out of the thousands of photographers to be the one that takes the most important pictures of their life…WOW. I have learned that when I step out of gratitude is a dangerous place to be. That is where entitlement is waiting for me. And I want nothing to do with that mindset.

Gratitude for every opportunity, every email, every client keeps me loving what I do.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I am so grateful for the photographers in WA that allowed me to learn from them. My biggest cheerleader is no longer living, my mom passed away eight years ago from cancer but she was always my biggest cheerleader in everything I did. Knowing how much she believed in me back then pushes me to be the best version of self I can be today.

Pricing:

  • Weddings start at $2400
  • Portrait sessions start at $300
  • Seniors start at $349

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