Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Lenox.
Kristen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been interested in stories, and where people come from and what led them to where they are today, though never in a million years did I ever expect to end up a wedding photographer. Haha
Going back quite a few years, (almost 20 years now) when I was still in high school- I always carried one of those Kodak disposable cameras, and quite honestly, I would annoy everyone because I was always trying to “capture the moment.” My only response was… “You’ll thank me in 20 years!”
I didn’t realize it then, but that was the beginning of my career as a Photographer. It took quite a while to find myself. I actually starting attending college for Elementary education, then switched to nursing. I was a nurse for almost 14 years when I ended up giving up my nursing license to pursue my photography career.
After I had my second son- the interest to tell stories was becoming more and more apparent. And while working in long-term care, I was always surrounded by those beautiful elderly souls, actively passing on to the next chapter. Loved ones would visit, bringing family albums, and other photographs to reminisce about “back in the day” when the resident (patient) was in their prime. So young and full of life.
I witnessed how these photographs brought back joyful memories. And how these photographs told a story. And what I realized was, these photos would continue to tell the stories long after everyone else has passed on. It is really quite amazing to see our respected elders in their younger years… lounging around a pool with a beer in their hand. They too did the fun stuff we do… and they too thought that they were never going to “grow old”. Yet here they were, preparing to take their last breath.
At first, I dabbled in it part time (photography) … but as I improved, the need to learn more just kept on nagging at me… So I enrolled in an online photography course…. and I eventually gave up my nursing license. Now I am a full-time professional photographer.
The journey here hasn’t been easy, and I’m still working towards goals. I suffer from depression and anxiety and have a severe “I’m not good enough” complex that stems from an abusive childhood.
I know there are many who have similar stories, some much worse than mine. But I’m choosing to be a game changer and to not let those inner demons win.
My business still has a long way to go. I refuse to give up. I will just keep on keeping on and hopefully encourage others along the way. My business has allowed me to start traveling more for work which is awesome! This November I’m actually heading to Haiti! I applied for a program that takes photographers to third world countries to promote the importance of family photographs. We actually travel into the little villages with our gear and portable printers. We make photos and then give them to the families. Additionally, we give all our images to the Christian organization that will make photo books to sell for profit, then donate those profits back to the country. (In this case Haiti)
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been easy. But on the other hand it’s always felt “right”.
I think my biggest hurdle is my own self-esteem and being able to see in myself what others see. This is something that I talk about a lot with my clients.
The way we see ourselves is all in perspective. I want my clients to feel as beautiful as the world sees them. I have felt ‘not good enough” for so long. I refuse to let my clients feel the same way after a session with me.
So I guess the challenges have been getting out of my own way. LOL Although I have a strong support system now- it wasn’t always the case. I have a lot of really amazing friends and a supportive husband and kiddos. It’s really been a team effort.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with K. Lenox Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a Wedding and a high school senior portrait photographer. I’m known for my outgoing bubbly personality and my ability to put people at ease. I focus on creating relationships with those who hire me and 90% of the time I end up building a friendship with my clients. A friendship that is genuine.
I’m also known for my light airy style and my more authentic posing. I much rather an authentic moment than a picture that is posed to perfection.
I’m proudest about my customer service and my strive for excellence. I’m always giving my couples and clients 200%. I’m able to admit mistakes and I’m constantly working to improve.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I will continue to grow my business. I’m aiming to become an industry leader and educator of my craft. Though this feels like eons away- I still have the vision to help others be the best photographers they can be.
As of right now- no big changes, other than hoping to really travel more for weddings. Eventually to be known as an international wedding photographer and educator, like I mentioned. I will continue to submit my work for publications. Fingers crossed that I can keep adding to my “Featured in” list.
- My wedding collections begin at $4700
- Senior Sessions Begin at $275
- Address: 238 Rt. 9
West Chesterfield, NH 03466
- Website: http://www.klenoxphoto.com
- Phone: 603-703-2626
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/klenoxphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K.Lenox.Photography.LLC/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristenlenox
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/k-lenox-photography-west-chesterfield-2?osq=photographers
- Other: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/k-lenox-photography-west-chesterfield-nh-601623
Kris Lenox of K. Lenox Photography