Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Kinzie Ferguson

I met Kinzie Ferguson for the first time when she came to New York to do a photo shoot for me and a few friends.  She is an incredibly talented photographer, but even more than that, she's incredibly talented at showing people the best side of themselves.  She made me feel instantly at ease and spent our entire session alternating between hilarious and encouraging.  If you're in Savannah or Champaign , definitely check out her site and consider her for your next photo session!
 
Photo of Kinzie by Jesse Folks

Who are you? Hello! My name is Kinzie and I am a women's empowerment photographer. I have a goal of conquering the world and making every woman realize how beautiful she is.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? I have a blog through my website where I post my most recent photography, as well as occasional vegetarian recipes (bonus points if they can be made in a crock pot!), stories about my three ridiculous cats, and adventures in my new town of Savannah, GA. I also have a feature I call Thankful Thursday, in which I strive to appreciate big and little things in life a little extra.

What inspired you to start blogging? When did it happen? To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I have blogged here and there over the years (I even have an old LiveJournal from high school that I can't break into because I've forgotten the password), but it was always in fits and spurts. When I lived in France, I was pretty good about keeping up a blog called Ukulele in Rouen and the thing is, I love looking back at it. I wish I were better at blogging life events more consistently, but so far, it's not been in my nature. And now? Well, now I'm a photographer in a web-driven society, and I have a message to get out there, so I blog. I struggle to carve out time for it, but I always feel glad that I've written, so I keep it up. Plus, my mom says I am a good writer, so there's that too! :)

Photo of Kinzie by Jesse Folks.

Why do you write? I write to remember the little details. I have a terrible memory, so it's always a treat to go back to an old post and relive something I have forgotten about entirely, even from just a few years back. I also love the sense of community that blogging creates. The idea of shared experience through writing is incredibly powerful to me, and I'm proud to contribute to it.

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? I am incredibly inspired by other photographers I look up to, including Christy Tyler (http://www.christytylerphotographyblog.com/) and Chamonix Thurston-Rattue (http://www.chamonixthurstonrattueblog.com/). The thing that I love about both of their blogs is they put it all out there and even during the tough times, they find a string of positivity to hang on to. I admire that, and strive to be more like that in my everyday life. (I'm actually so embarrassed to even be including Chamonix in this list because I don't think she even knows how much I admire her blogging and her photography, but there you have it!)

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Oh man. My first instinct would be to go to France or Italy because I have an incredibly fond spot in my heart for those two places. And there are so many people in France whom I miss dearly. But... all expense paid? Dang. I think I'd choose Australia. I don't know why, but I've always wanted to go there.

What is your favorite place on earth? I love waking up in my bed on a Sunday morning next to my husband, with various cats down by my feet (or on my pillow...), knowing we have a relaxed day full of cooking and cleaning and recharging for the week ahead of us. Lying in bed and watching the sun stream in through the blinds is about as perfect as it gets. Another favorite place of mine is standing by the stove, with my nose directly over a pan, while I'm sautéing onion in a lot of butter. That is the best smell in the world. Mmmm perfection.

Anything else you'd like us to know? When I was little, I used to tell everyone my favorite food was salad. Now, my favorite food is mac n' cheese. I think I've got it backwards

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