It’s always so amazing to see the work of women who put their heart and soul into their businesses. The things that catch my eye when looking for my ambassadors – women who work hard, are willing to put themselves out there for what they love and believe in, support other women, and are just, well, all around amazing? Every one of the women on the team are all of these and more, and I’m excited to share a bit about brand ambassador Kimi Coopet today!
Eeps! I so absolutely love Kimi’s “candid” style of photography – and her amazing chalk scenes? Perfect. I loved getting to know her a bit better and reading her journey. It’s amazing how life leads us to where we’re meant to be. I can see from her work that she brings joy to the lives of the people she works with – and that’s what it’s all about. I’m inspired just reading about her – so read on! And see her beautiful shot in action with her camera strap.
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.
How long have you been a photographer?
Professionally I have been a photographer for the last 11 years but it’s been a hobby of mine since I was a little kid. I had a pink Mickey Mouse camera that came with me every where I went. Most of my photos were out of focus and always too bright because I loved to use the flash attachment but I loved it. Over the years I learned more and took several classes when I was in high school. I shot film until I bought my first digital camera in 2002 which completely changed my world. It was from that moment that my camera never left my side.
What made you decide to pursue photography?
It kind of fell in my lap. I went to school for Interior Design and planned for that to be my career. However in 2008 I was given the opportunity to work with a well known photographer in my area. I had just started shooting professionally on my own (I worked for a big box company for a while) and I jumped at the chance to work with him. It was life changing. I learned more from him than I could in any class. I owe him so much for all he has done for me and can’t thank him enough.
How has your photography evolved over the years?
It has become a lot more candid and real life. That is always something that I loved and all my personal photos were very candid, even from a very young age. I have also became more confident in trying new things. Several years ago I started drawing chalk scenes and putting kids in the scenes. It started out so simple and just something I did at home with my own kids. Now it’s turned into something I can market to my clients. I love being able to do something that no one else is doing and make kids feel like they are in a dream world. That feeling is everything!
What kind of camera(s) do you own and what role do they play in your life?
I shoot with a Nikon D3 and I would call it my 3rd arm. My husband & I joke that our kids wouldn’t recognize me without my camera in my hand. I love documenting my home life. I think it’s super important to not only give my clients great images, but to also make sure my own family has great images as well.
What do you love most about your bluebird chic strap?
My camera strap is very me because it’s simple yet fun. I tend to wear lots of strips or really bold colors and it goes with everything I own. I work with a lot of kids and as any parent knows, kids are messy. I love how easy to clean my strap is. I can’t tell you how many times ice cream, chocolate or the occasional baby vomit has gotten on it. You would never know because it’s so easy to clean!
You’ll find Kimi rocking the free as a bird scarf camera strap while snapping photos of her clients, as well as her own kiddos. She says its the perfect complement to her bold and colorful wardrobe and we think its a great fit with her easy-going, care-free personality as well!
This week only save 20% on Kimi’s ambassador pick! Offer ends 7/5/16.
Thanks for sharing with us today Kimi and thanks for supporting the bluebird chic brand!