Kaylah Laure’: Baby On The Way

I’m Kaylah Summerfelt. I’m originally from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; I got married in 2009 and now live in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

What’s one goal you have for the near future? What’s one that you have for the distant future? How do you plan on accomplishing these goals? I actually just accomplished a goal – my husband helped me convert one of our spare bedrooms into my office/studio! As far as a longer-term goal: I’d love to try getting comfortable shooting with a Canon camera (I use a Nikon). They’re so similar, but so different at the same time. I have so much respect for the photographers who can switch between the two without a problem.

Describe one or more incredibly difficult experiences for you. How did you pull through them?
 My husband’s last deployment, in 2010. (Dane is a US Marine machine gunner.) His unit deployed to Marjah (Afghanistan) and were one of the front units to invade it. Communication was incredibly faulty (one 5 minute phone call every other month or so) so we mostly wrote letters to each other. My grandmother lost her battle to ovarian cancer during his deployment; not having my husband beside me to get through day to day life was already hard, but her passing really kicked that up a notch. But deployments aren’t all bad: we made it through every trial and came out together, completely unbreakable.

Name one thing that inspires you. Why? My husband’s attitude towards my work. A day or two after I’ve shot a session, he’s hovering behind my shoulder, asking to see some of my work. He takes such an interest in what I do and how I do it. When I’ve had moments of weakness and wanted to quit, he reminds me why I shouldn’t.

Name someone who’s changed your life dramatically. What did they do to inspire this change, and how have you changed from it? My grandmother. She was a woman who was everyone’s best friend, she never judged (truly!), and she always carried herself with a gentle and quiet spirit. The love she had for everyone was her driving force and she always reminded me that nothing was an accident and God had a plan for everyone. Even when she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, she was so at peace with it. After she died, I had a teal butterfly (the symbol for ovarian cancer) tattooed on my wrist. It serves as a daily reminder to myself to be the person she always saw me as.

If you could change the world in one way, what would it be? It’s a little self serving, but as a photographer trying to work in a saturated market, I wish every photographer had to charge the exact same price. Then, possible clients would be able to choose who they book based solely on a photographer’s work and style!

What’s your favorite childhood memory? Why?
 When I was in 5th grade or so, I wanted to paint my room purple. So my parents helped me, even getting a fancy patterned roller so we could combine a darker color with a lighter one. They wouldn’t let me in my room for a few days after we finished (they told me the fumes were too dangerous) but finally my parents told me to go inside. . . and there was a whole new bedroom in there! A bunk bed, a fish tank, new bookshelves. I remember feeling so special that they did all that just for me.

When you were little, what did you want to be “when you grow up?” Do you still have those plans today? If no, what do you want to be now? Honestly, I never really knew! I knew what I loved doing (reading, writing, singing, dancing, messing around with whatever camera I could get my hands on) but had no idea what I would do “in the real world.” I went to the local community college for a few years before I got married, and ended up changing majors 6 times (!). I decided a year or two ago to finally pursue photography and just graduated from the New York Institute of Photography with my photography certification a few months ago. It’s been challenging, but it’s amazing to look back at my progress.

You have some exciting things changing in your life right now.I do! Dane and I found out in late spring/early summer this year that I was pregnant with our first – it’s been a really exciting ride so far! I’ve been really lucky with how easy my pregnancy has been (my mother had a horrific and traumatic pregnancy with me – it’s why I’m an only child). I started feeling him (yep, it’s a boy!) move recently, and it’s by far my favorite part of the whole experience. 😉

What’s one last thing you’d like to share with the readers of 2147miles.com? Accomplishing a lofty dream or ambition is almost never easy. But I’ve found the more work you have to put into it, the greater the rewards when you finally reach it.

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