We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Pingsterhaus and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kyle, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art and creativity has been a part of my whole life. I took every art class I could possibly take, I loved being able to create something that was completely my own, truly unique.

I started pursing photography during college while I worked in a marketing department for a wholesale tuxedo company. I was constantly around photoshoots, videographers, and photographers. I fell in love with the whole process and wanted to be involved in every step.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have learned over my ten years as a photographer, that you don’t have to do match everyone’s style when it comes to photos. Photography is art It took me awhile to realize not everyone is going to like your art and that I shouldn’t be changing my art to make one or clients happy. I don’t need to please the masses to be successful, do what you love to do and it will show in the end product. I used to do studio photography as it was away to be able to work everyday not having to worry what mother nature had in store that day. I realized that I love to shoot in natural light and to be in nature when I photograph. I could shoot in the exact same spot outside and the image is going to look different every single time, with a studio setting I didn’t like how repetitive my photos were becoming. I love using the beauty of nature as a setting for my photos and just like nature allow my clients to be free in their photos. A great family photo doesn’t mean that everyone has the perfect smile, or standing up straight. I strive to capture realness in my photos not perfection.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
All of my family lives back in Illinois and I am always excited when they come and visit and I get the chance to show them MY city.

I live in the Heights area of Houston and there is so much to explore just in walking distance from our front door. So many great small owned businesses to explore from coffee shops, restaurants, and vintage shops.

Options next would be the a walk along Buffalo Bayou, a trip to Houston Zoo or travel south to Galveston for a beach day.

The breweries in Houston are so much fun and great to explore all the different types and flavors.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from family and friends. They have helped market my business, allowed me to test out new ideas on them, and are always willing to help out if needed.

I have met a lot of great photographers and fellow small business owners throughout the years. Always great to bounce around ideas, strategize, talk trends and tools with similar businesses. I’ve realized it’s better not to think of your competitors as competition, but companions. It’s better to work together. You will both benefit from it.

Website: www.kwpphotography.com

Instagram: @kwpphotography

Image Credits
KWP photography

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