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Meet David Kimball of DK Photo Visuals in Winthrop

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Kimball.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story starts in Haverhill, Ma. In 2005 when YouTube and myspace first started. I recently moved back to the Boston area after working as a merch manager on tour for a few different bands. When I moved home I was bored from not doing anything that I started a YouTube channel called Silly Gillman where I used a puppet to interview bands. I got really lucky for as low budget as it was it gained national attention because I started interviewing popular bands like Gold finger, Sum 41, The Bouncing Souls, Big D and The Kids Table, Westbound Train, The Aggrolites, The Slackers and so many more.

It also started my 11 years of doing press at The Vans Warped Tour. I made lots of connections while doing my video show which I did for about 8 years. I ended up moving out to San Diego to work with a reggae band called Stranger doing more touring across the country and video work. I wanted to move home to be close to my family and kinda retired from the entertainment industry. Once again, I got bored and as a little side project I started Model Behavior TV another independent project which I used my connections to bring on well-known guest from music, television and movies like Skeet Ulrich and Matt Lillard from the movie Scream just to name a few. About 2 years ago I upgraded my camera from a video camera to a dslr camera even though I never taken a picture in my life. Also around this time a friend of mine Kayla Harrity the entertainment manager of The Greatest Bar here in Boston needed a last minute fill in for the regular photographer who was sick. It worked out perfect because I just happened to be on my way to see my friend DJ Soulman from Phoenix who was randomly appearing there to perform. When I saw her post she needed someone I messaged her and got the gig. From that point on I have been a nightlife photographer.

Working at The Greatest Bar put me on the radar with Dirty Water Media who I currently work for. I am also now the full-time photographer at The Greatest Bar on Fri where I produce and edit Dirty Water Fridays with Mikey V from Kiss 108 and also on Saturday nights doing photos for Boston Viplist plus Down Nightclub on Thursdays for Elite Entertainment.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been pretty smooth since I didn’t intend on actually becoming a nightlife photographer. I guess some of the bumps would include having gear stolen, drinks spilled on me, thrown up on and even punched in the face by a girl. Hey that’s the life of a nightlife photographer I guess.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about DK Photo Visuals – what should we know?
DK Photo Visuals specialized in experimental photography, event photography and video and obviously nightlife photography and video, I didn’t go to school for video or photography so I think that makes me different. Everything I do, I taught myself through trial and error. I even had a video featured on Good Morning America a few years back and have been published on some wildlife and city news websites. I have been told numerous times by people that they like my color esthetic and how I capture the moment in nightclubs where the lighting is tough to do so.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Not being so serious or trying to be successful. I go out, I take pictures, I like to do it.

When someone compliments me, I appreciate them I don’t let it get to my head. I also support other local photographers who influenced me to do what I do.

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Image Credit:
Personal Photo – Janine Whitaker Photo
David Kimball

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