We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayla Griffith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayla, how do you think about risk?
Risk is a huge factor for me. I have a reputation of not thinking things through but just going for what feels right. I’m the kind of person who jumps straight into the pool rather than dipping my toe in first. That’s exactly how I went about starting my business. I didn’t think through the logistics of things, I just decided to go for it. I feel that life is too short to be hesitant about the things you want. Of course, you have to be wise and calculated, but I don’t sit on the fence too long in case the opportunity passes me by. I also think risks are huge in art. When you’re creating something, you can’t spend too much time thinking about what’s right or how it’s supposed to look. You have to be willing to take risks and just put yourself out there.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I never intended to start my own business, it just kind of happened. People were consistently reaching out to me and asking for my business card and my rates and asking me to shoot something. So, after enough times being asked, I got tired of turning them down. I definitely learned a lot of things the hard way because starting out I was pretty much just figuring things out as I went. But I’m so grateful for my career and the chance to be a part of someone else’s story – whether that’s their love story, brand story or individual story. It’s the story aspect that drew me to photography and video in the first place. I think people are really incredible and their stories deserve to be told – so my business started from that passion.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would definitely go to Hermann park in the evening for a sunset stroll. I’d take them to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for an afternoon. If it’s a weekend, then we’d definitely hit a few farmers’ markets and estate sales. Maybe we could drive to Galveston to see the water and go for a swim. We’d need to go to Neeta’s, which is my favorite spot for Indian food. We’d grab a coffee at Grinder’s or Siphon and hopefully we’d get a chance to go to Sixty Vines for pasta and wine. I also really love my neighborhood in Rice Village so we’d spend a lot of time just walking around this area and enjoying all of the trees.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely am grateful for the people who are in my life who have helped me grow and push myself. My boyfriend, Eligius, is always a huge support and helps me to challenge myself more. Also, Justin Clemmons and THATPHOTOSCHOOL have been a huge support base in the last several months in helping me to learn more about light and photography and diving deeper into the creative process. It’s a really great community that I encourage any photographer to check out.