Laurken Kendall is a wedding photographer living outside of Spokane on a wheat farm! We really LOVE her work! Thanks for taking the time and answering our questions!
1. When and how did you start with Photography?
I think my love for photography started in earnest when I had my first son in 2009, although I could always be counted on to take photos during all the beer ponging of my college days. It was in 2013 after my second son when I decided to take it a step further and start my own photo business. I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to go with it but I am very pleased with the path I’ve found myself on recently, and really have finally connected with what I’m seeking through this art.
2. What inspires you the most?
This is a hard one to pin down because so there are so many different things that I take inspiration from, from the teachings of other photographers to my own marriage, and the little things my husband does that I find tender and sweet (which I’m oddly not a lovey, touchy person even given what I do). I am always seeking the thing that helps me level up. When I’m photographing a couple, I always have in my mind a vision of them as a sweet elderly couple, looking back on their life in photographs and reliving those feelings. I want to remind them of love when it was young and wild, and also give them priceless heirlooms for their grandkids.
3. What do you like to do, if you are not behind the camera?
I spend the vast majority of my time raising three boys on our wheat farm with my smoking hot farmer husband. My idea of fun is getting an hour to myself of total silence or watching a movie in the living room with my husband when the kids go to bed.
4. Where was the best location you’ve been so far?
I feel like I’m pretty early on in the travel part of things, but I would say that I loved photographing in Vantage, WA on the beautiful Columbia River and basalt canyons.
5. Which equipment do you use mainly?
I shoot Nikon bodies, a D750 and D800 and of the lenses I own, my favorite is definitely the Sigma 35 Art.
6. Do you have any tips to direct your couples how to pose?
Step one, introduce alcohol to the situation. I mean it. If my couples are into it, I always recommend a drink to loosen things up because most people who aren’t Top Models, including myself, naturally become stiff in front of the camera. I also always ask them right at the beginning to remember the first time they realized they loved the other person and keep that in the forefront of their brain. I try not to keep stagnate poses and I always direct them to touch each other. Like a lot.
7. What is your favourite lifequote?
My favorite life quote is something I have hanging as a poster in my living room and its pretty simple: Work Hard and Be Nice to People. Even a-holes. Also, if I can add the cliche, Just Be You. People always ask me how I get away with being “myself” (see: sarcastic, borderline foul-mouthed, etc.) and still have my business and I always tell them this: my ideal client is ME. So if I want to attract myself, I act like myself. And that is probably the best piece of advice I can give to anyone.
8. What would you do now, if you hadn‘t become a photographer?
I have ventured in furniture making, writing and also had a cake making business for like a year, so probably something else creative. I’ve always wanted a pod cast but I don’t know what it would be about or who would listen, anyway.
THANK YOU LAURKEN!