I am Kimber Collective.
mama × photographer × plant lover.
It's a one woman show over here. I'm Kimber, the heart and soul of Kimber Collective and born and raised by the beach. People often ask me what I do and truth be told, I don't really know; I've got a degree in English but I say I'm a photographer, but then sometimes a graphic designer and sometimes a blogger, almost always a thrifter and never not a mama. (Yes, I used a double negative there.)
But honestly there is no clear way to describe me; although I tend to classify myself as care free, yet highly stressed, fun loving, yet bit of a drama queen, extremely organized, yet severely chaotic, average girl in her thirties. I try not to label myself as a any kind of professional; just a self-taught, trial-and-error, travel junkie with a love for all things beautiful, foreign and tasty.
If I could spend my life photographing my way across the world and hitting up every Insta-worthy pink wall, I would. However, this fantasy highly exceeds my budget but this is why I have such a passion for photography. One snapshot can take you anywhere in the world – and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than travel expenses.
Also, I have two kids and after our last cross country plane ride it's safe to say we don't plan on traveling much until both can carry their own luggage.
My shooting style is a bit different. I won’t be happy with you just standing there and faking it. I want to feel your smile. I'm not one to squish your new baby into a baseball glove but I want to hear the giggles from your little one as you smother him in kisses or the see the joy radiating from your fresh faces as you rock that baby bump.
If you're uncomfortable, I'll hide in bushes and behind doors. If you're adventurous, I'll stand on top of helipads on the tallest buildings downtown. (I’ve done that!) I've been know to jump in the ocean with you, run alongside your beloved vintage sports car and dart through traffic on Pacific Coast Highway on a summer evening just to get "the shot".
When my shutter finger starts aching and my creative soul starts burning you'll find me doodling away on my computer expressing my other love - graphic design. I actually worked in the fashion industry for many years as a textile designer before having kids and wanting to spend more time with them. (What was I thinking?! - jk, well some days.)
Annnywaays, if you visually want to get to know me a little better - check out my personal instagram account. But beware you'll likely be bombarded with photos of adventures with my kids and what cute mug I'm drinking coffee out of that morning but - that’s me.