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Building a Portfolio with Molly Kingston

Capture Crew June 9, 2022 109

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Molly Kingston is a PA-born and raised photographer who resides in Florida. Photography has been part of her life for as long as she can remember, starting back with her mom’s camera. She would sneak away with the camera and take pictures of anything she could in her bedroom.

In 2017, on a fieldwork expedition with her professor in Peru, she was given his camera to use. She held onto it for the entire trip and then came home and bought her own camera, a Nikon D3400. Since then she takes it wherever she can, primarily to shoot landscapes.

Molly shares one of her favorite photos with us. A Caiman swimming through the water.

Fast forward to 2021, her best friend was getting married and she was working on portrait photography so she offered to do the engagement photos. Since that moment photography has been all Molly thinks about.

Excited to learn more, she joined WLMA to learn behind-the-scenes skills. As part of the program, Molly connected with Aidan Meadows who she began shadowing, and now second-shoots for.

Aspiring to become a travel photographer, Molly has scheduled styled shoots in other locations. Soon she will be traveling to Utah for one of these styled shoots.

During The Capture Crew Podcast, Molly shares her first experience shadowing at a styled shoot. She recalls how nervous she felt and how fast-paced the day was.

When asked what piece of advice would she give herself looking back on that day, she says, “Trust the process. Trust that this is where you need to be at this point. It’s okay to be shooting on auto. [This] does not need to be on anyone else’s timeline.”

In hindsight, it is easy to see where there was potential for input overload. But by allowing herself permission to shoot on auto, she was able to see how other photographers interacted with the couples and how they posed them.

Christora added, “You have to go at your own pace and stop comparing yourself to where everyone else is around you.”

And also, as Tom shared, “Sometimes it’s okay to stop things. It’s okay to take your time to change your settings.” In certain situations, this will prove essential as there are a lot of things you may think you can post-edit but can’t.

Taking your time to slow down shows discipline and your couples will appreciate you taking your time to get the right shot.

When asked what she considers a complete portfolio Molly says, “My portfolio will never be complete.”

There’s always room to add more. You are always growing and changing and your portfolio should change to reflect that, too.

“You should never be satisfied with what you have. You should be content, but excited to continue to grow,” Tom added.

Molly attests much of her growth to the experiences she has had and is excited for her next steps which include launching her website entirely on her own and then moving to Oregon to pursue photography full-time.

You can connect with Molly on her Instagram @Molly.Margaret.Photography.

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