My name is Kyla. I am the owner and talent behind Kyla Rae Photography!
My husband and I have 9 wonderful kids. I know it sounds crazy, but it is true! We are a blended family with a mix of yours, mine, and ours. 7 of those 9 are my birth babies and 2 are my bonus kids. The oldest is about to graduate this year (2020), and the youngest was just born in May of 2019.
I am asked all the time how I manage so many kids AND running a business. I don't have a good answer. I kind of go back and forth between being an awesome business owner and an awesome mom. I don't know if I have ever been both at the same time though.
Our days are busy and sometimes loud. The only quiet in the home happens at dinner time when kids are shoveling food in their mouths. A few of the kids are in sports, band, have jobs and no license yet (oy!), so we spend lots of time running to what seems like a million different places and events.
I know life seems insane right now, but before we know it these kids will be grown and the house will feel empty. Although I do see LOTS of grand kids in our future!
I think there has always been a part of me that knew deep down inside, photography was going to be my thing. I remember as a child, I wanted a camera so bad! I begged my mom to get me one. I honestly don't remember why I wanted it or remember what it was that was calling me. I just knew I NEEDED that camera.
When I had my first son, I was given that camera. I used it everyday. Of course, 12 years ago, the technology was a little different. This was still the days of rolls of film that you had to take to the drug store and develop. Sometimes the photos were great, other times, not so much. There was no digital. If you clicked that button, that was it.
Today, photography is amazing! The ability to try again and again without giving it a second thought. Everywhere you turn, chances are you will see a mom with a nice camera. That's great! I love seeing others explore the world of photography. I encourage others to really learn how to use that camera to produce something that takes your breath away. It is harder than you think. You have to know every inch of your camera. It becomes a part of you. You see the world differently and there is no way to un-see it. Its kind of cool.
I really took a dive into professional photography in 2011. I was hired on at a local portrait studio. I loved it! Everything just clicked (no pun intended). I was excited to go to work everyday. I became the assistant manager after a short time of working there and developed some great friendships with my coworkers. I thought I was going to work there till the day I died.
In the summer of 2012, I met my now husband. He had 2 sons, and I had 2 sons and 2 daughters. We fell in love of course and got married in the summer of 2013 joining together to become what others call "the modern day Brady bunch". Life got crazy. Learning to be one big family, moving, and settling into our new life. We decided to expand our family and became pregnant with our baby girl who was born on the anniversary of the day my husband and I met. Cool huh? We think so.
With all of those changes happening, it was time for me to give up my career with the studio and focus on my family. I stayed home with our kids and was able to be there when they needed me. With this many kids, that was often! But I was feeling like I was wasting my talents. I loved photography and every day that passed made me miss it. I knew I had to pick up a camera in order to feel alive but I wasn't sure how with the demands of the family.
I decided that I needed to be my own boss and set my own schedule. I knew that meant I needed to learn. When I worked at the studio, everything was set for me. Lighting was set, the camera was set, all I had to do was pose my subjects, get the right angle, and click. I was in for it when I had to learn it all on my own. It is a new ball game but one I enjoy so much more. I bought books, watched videos, played and practiced with my camera...there were days that I got so frustrated and told myself this was never going to work. I wasn't going to start taking clients until I knew I could give them a quality image to cherish forever. I got back up again and again with the push of my husband. He believed in me. He would give a simple nudge and a little ego boost now and then and it was just enough to keep me going.
So...here I am today! I couldn't be happier with my life. I have an amazing bunch of kids, an amazing husband, amazing clients...life is beautiful! I think that every single day. LIFE is BEAUTIFUL! I want to show you how true that is. The best way I can do that, is through my images. Stopping time for a split second and capturing it inside the little piece of technology I hold in my hand.
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