This week’s spotlight shines a light on Kimi Coopet of Oh Hello Photo! Read on to find out more about Kimi, see some of her work, and find out which bluebird chic strap is her personal favorite!
Kimi Coopet is a coffee addict & photographer out of St. Paul, Minnesota. Her company Oh Hello! Photo specializes in family and child photography. Outside of her passion for photography, she is a wife and mother to three kids. She loves to craft but isn’t sure she is nailing or failing her Pinterest finds. If she isn’t taking photos or crafting she is indulging in her love of junk food and watching comedies, all while snuggling one of her three dogs.
What kind of photography do you specialize in or use for your business?
When I first started doing photography I photographed anything and everything. I wanted to try everything to see what I liked. Over the year I realized I love kids the most. I think that is mainly because I am a kid at heart so I can relate to kids so much. I think because of my love for kids I am able to create a fun and welcoming environment for them to be comfortable in. It makes photographing them so easy but also so fun.
Where are you located and how does your location influence your photography?
I am located in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. We have every season here which has it’s pros and cons. In the winter there are some months when it is impossible to shoot outside because it is so cold. The opposite can be said for the summer when it is just too hot to shoot outside. That is why I have a studio. With that being said the ever changing weather gives you the opportunity to grow and change with every season. It helps you be able to adapt to almost anything.
What is your favorite part of the photography process?
My favorite part of the photography process is being able to create something different each time. I love when a client gives me creative control to build something I have never built before. Sometimes they come in with ideas that they have in mind and I can build from there. This also goes back to being a kid at heart and being able to use my imagination and creativity to do something that no one else is doing.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would describe my photography style as authentic and fun. My style is always changing but I like to keep the emotion of my photographs fun and real just like me.
What is the single best piece of advice you could offer when preparing for a shoot?
Honestly, just breathe. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own heads as artists that we forget that the client hired us because they like us. We are definitely our biggest critics and sometimes we let that negativity get to us.
What’s your favorite thing about your bluebird chic strap?
I have many Bluebird Chic camera straps. The one I am currently using I was drawn to instantly because of the bright pinks. Now I am not a pink person, even though I have pink hair, but this strap just spoke to me. With winter coming up I wanted something that would remind me of summer which this definitely does. I love the scarf style. A few years back when I got my first BBC strap I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I was so used to the traditional style but I can’t tell you how many times the scarf style comes in handy. I have used to to wipe finger prints off my lens and to cover my camera when I’m shooting outside and it decides to rain. They are also incredibly comfortable. They don’t dig into your neck at all and they don’t make your camera feel heavy on your body. I also love that I can wear it cross body if I want to.
Thanks for sharing with us today Kimi and for supporting the bluebird chic brand!