KELLY BALCH

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QUEER INTERNATIONAL WEDDING & EDITOIRAL STORY TELLER

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TELL US A MANTRA YOU LIVE BY

"Wake up, dress up and show up, you never know how it can change your life for the better."

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HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVITY?

"I first discovered my creativity when I was in high school. I think I was a sophomore and my dad had given me his old film camera, AE-1. I found there was film already in it, so I started taking photos on it just playing around. When I got the film developed and saw this beautiful double exposure picture of my older sister when she was two and of the tree I took in the backyard. That was when I felt I could express myself creatively with a camera."

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WHAT HAS YOUR CREATIVE JOURNEY BEEN LIKE?

"My journey has been quite an interesting one. Like all journeys it's a roller coaster. I knew I wanted to be a photographer since I was in high school. I wanted to be a commercial photographer and then a national geographic photographer. I went to college doing boudoirs and sports photography.

Once I graduated college I started doing on set still, behind the scenes and then lastly weddings. Once I decided to really hone in on the kind of photographer I wanted to be did things start to happen. More weddings, more magazine and publications, to now I am doing celebrity weddings. I think it was me honing in my focus that really changed the outcome."

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

"Anything that is taboo, or afraid to be done is what gets me inspired and hyped. If it has any affiliation with love or emotion as well is my niche."

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WHAT IS THE PERFECT DAY AT WORK?

"My perfect day at work would be to sit down on my balcony open my emails and see a beautiful amount of inquiries for me to respond to. After responding to them as well as other emails, all within 2 hours, I then go to editing whatever project I have next in the queue. By then my amazing assistant would be over and culling and editing another project in the queue. After 8 or 9 hours of that, my assistant would then leave. Towards the evening I get on a couple Facetime meeting with prospective clients and then finish up with some dinner and Netflix. That is the perfect work day."

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WHAT IS THE MOST FULFILLING THING ABOUT BEING A CREATIVE?

"I get fulfilled when I collaborate with another artist or team of artist. When we both see a vision and execute it brilliantly. When we are both satisfied, excited and proud to show it off."

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WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING YOU ARE DEALING WITH AS A CREATIVE?

"Currently as we are going through lockdown because of Covid-19, honestly being a creative at this time is really hard. I've had a lot of cancellations and postponements happen because of social distancing. I realize that my job is a luxury, being professional creative to this extent is something most people can do without. However, as a creative, I am thankfully able to find other creative things to do. It's just figuring out what is selling creatively now."

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WHAT IS YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE/

"Persistence and focus. See what you want to accomplish and continue to do it. Where your thoughts go, energy flows."

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WHAT IS YOUR ART BISH MOMENT?

"Honestly, my proudest moment being a creative female happens everyday when I wake up and see all my accomplishes and the ones to come, when I see see where I am and how far I came to get to this point, all the while being a queer female, is very beautiful to me."

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KELLY BALCH

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