Monday, April 17, 2017

Artist Interview with Khalilah Hall Photography


Artist Interview with 




  • Tell us a little bit about you.
    Aloha!!! I'm a military wife and we have two crazy boys. I'm a Jersey girl with a Hawaiian heart, who lives in Columbia, Maryland. I'm a lover of music and black and white photography.

  • What’s in your bag. (Photos are lovely).
    I have a Canon 6d and a 35mm. I've tried all sorts of lenses and I just love my 35.

  • When did you fall in love with photography? How long have you been a photographer?
    I fell in love with photography when I was little. My dad was a hobbyist and I just loved the photos he took. There's one in particular that he took of me on a swing while panning. The smile on my face immediately connected me with that little girl.
    Many years later, I attempted a few times but I didn't get anywhere. Then in 2014 I took a class with a friend, joined a photography group full of women and I've been hooked since.

  • What sort of work do you specialize in? 
    I document families with young children. I really enjoy the business and how the day is filled with so much personality.



  • Do you create personal work often? 
    I shoot my boys all the time. There's no pressure to perform, which makes it very freeing. However, this year I want to focus more on adults.

  • What or who got you started in photography? 
    My dad introduced me to it but it was a photographer in Germany that made me realize that I didn't have to go to Sears to make photos. It blew me away. Learning that bit of freedom has allowed me to go on my own path.



  • Who are some of you favorite artists past or present? 
    Some of my favorites are Alain Laboile, Zun Lee, Kirsten Lewis, Marie Masse and my latest discovery is Leslie Kershaw.

  • How often do you get in front of the camera? 
    I'm ashamed to say that it's not often enough. I can count. Don't be like me.

  • What are some of your favorite photographer communities? 
    I frequent the Goodbye-Posing Guide, The Documentary Movement and Finding The Light With Erin Hensley.


  • Print or Digital? Why? 
    Definitely, print. Printing is the best way to preserve memories. Besides books and letters, it's our visual gateway to our past. I find it so calming when I'm able to run my hands across a photo of my grandmother. It's the closest thing to being with her.

  • Do you create other types of art? What kind(s)? 
    Besides my children and coloring children's coloring books? Nothing that I've discovered yet. I do love to sing.

  • How do you balance your personal/family and passion? 
    This is the question of the day, every day. I don't often find a balance. I just try to prioritize. Wherever the need is, is where I'll be. That's what I love about being an artist. I can go with the flow.



  • From where do you draw your inspiration?
    My inspiration comes from reflecting and observing people. I like to watch people interact with each other. From the softest touch to the biggest laugh. I'm inspired to make memories of those moments.

  • If you could go back in time, what advice would give to your young photographer self, today? 
    I would say relax and enjoy this ride. Let the passion fuel you and know that not everything has to be perfect. It won't be. Lastly, don't buy every photography course out there. Save your money for printing and/or lenses.


  • What tips would you give to Artsies reading this in an inspirational rut?
    Follow young photographers. They are so inspiring and on fire. Another thing to try is to edit old photos. That is always fun. I find that it motivates me and forces me to take a look at how far I've come. 
    Lastly, try as hard as you can to stay away from the comparison train. It's a train wreck waiting to happen.


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