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Meet Adrienne Kendall of AMKxPhotography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrienne Kendall.

Adrienne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Denver. Growing up, my mother instilled a love of art in my siblings and me. As a middle schooler, I attended art school for violin performance but always felt that my art would thrive in a different medium.

Photography has always been something I enjoyed, and in 8th grade I took a film photography class. It was game over — I totally fell in love with the view of through a lens. From working in a dark room to roaming my neighborhood, I started to look at shapes and shadows in an entirely new light. Some years passed, and I put my camera on shelf to pursue other interests. But when I was 26, I realized how much I missed taking photos and really using my creative spirit. Thanks to some good friends who passed along their old photography gear to me, I was able to start experimenting with lighting and colors in a more controlled and professional sense in 2017.

Ever since then, I’ve been able to go places I’d never imagined. From shooting portraits to music festivals and fine art, photography has given me the ability to connect with other artists and people around me. It’s a small piece of me that has really blossomed in the last few years.

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?
There’s a large learning curve with digital photography—learning Photoshop/Lightroom/CameraRAW, how a new camera body works, and the high cost of new equipment. Well, nothing worth doing is ever easy. The biggest struggle I have faced, and still do today, is being happy with what I’ve produced. The endless nights of editing, only to start all over the next day when you realize you don’t like it, or not having enough time to get things tweaked just right.

But there’s no better feeling than going through a session of photos and being really excited and happy with what you’ve got. Makes the long hours totally worth the intense stress and anxiety of it all.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m not sure I have a particular specialty just yet, but I have really begun to enjoy portraiture projects with local Denver artists. It’s incredibly inspiring to help a fellow artist help create imagery that best represents them and their brand.

I also do quite a bit of concert photography. I’ve shot at many local venues spanning in size from Cervantes to Red Rocks Amphitheater. I do well in dark and low lighting so that distinguishes my photos from others at times. I’m just getting started, though, so I hope to really make an impression in our community through those photos.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up? Sometimes I still feel like I’m trying to do that. I was adopted as a baby by my wonderful family. As the only girl with an older and younger brother, I found my interests were sports-centered and I became somewhat of a Tom-Boy. I did many sports from gymnastics, diving to then pole vaulting in high school. It was rare to see me without *at least* one activity bag in tow. But movies and reading were my most beloved activities. I began playing the violin, starting at the age of nine. It propelled me into youth symphonies and eventually to art school for middle school. It’s there that I really found my own rhythm and started to explore the arts, finally landing on photography and the one I enjoyed the most.

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Image Credit:
Adrienne Kendall
Headshot: Alden Bonecutter

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