Go Mighty’s 31 Days of Inspiring Women, #3: Kendrick Brinson
Meet Kendrick. She’s a freelance documentary, commercial, and editorial photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Her most acclaimed photography project, “Sun City: Life After Life" has been recognized by Critical Mass, the Houston Center for Photography, NoorderlichtPhotofestival, The New York Times, and TIME Magazine. Her clients range from The New York Times Magazine to TIME to Tiffany & Co. Needless to say, she’s a big inspiration to many creatives out there.
We’ve been following Kendrick’s work for years, and couldn’t wait to sit down with her and learn a bit more about her life, inspirations, and stories behind her Life List.
So, Kendrick, what’s your story?
I am a documentary, portraiture, lifestyle photographer. I was trained/worked on staff at newspapers for four years and then left to freelance, which I have been doing for the past four years. (I only just did the math for that and can’t believe how fast time flew!)
I love storytelling and that is what first drew me to photography. Whether it’s a documentary photo story or fashion photo, I love being a visual storyteller. I am pretty consumed/obsessed with photography and running my commercial and editorial phtography businesses, but my other interests include becoming a crazy cat lady, collaborating with my (equally photography obsessed) husband David Walter Banks, dancing in my office, growing and cooking vegan food, and plotting my next adventure.
How’d you get to where you are today?
I’ve missed a lot of important events with friends and family over the years to do shoots for clients. Work has been a priority for me the past four years, and that’s why loving what I do is crucial because I spend so much time working (shooting, editing, archiving, marketing, etc.). I’m so fortunate to have found something to dedicate myself to that keeps me creative and is so fulfilling.
From here, I would just like to expand my client-base and be sure to always keep time to do personal photo projects, in addition to the ones that pay.
I’ve been lucky to have people close to me who are so supportive and nurturing. That is very important and I owe them a lot.
Tell us a bit more about these ten goals from your life list. What’s the inspiration behind the goals you chose?
I always think creativity can grow and expand so there’s certainly room for that in my life, but I don’t think it can be pushed or forced. It’s something that is nurtured and creativity sparks more creativity. So that’s not on my goal list.
My goals are more centered on growing as a person, as a happy person.
Any advice for others on how to stay motivated/focused on achieving their goals?
I celebrate the little victories a lot. I think everyone should pat themselves on the back a little more often.
Follow Kendrick’s journey through completing her Life List here.
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