TWiP Family 53: Kevin Mullins

Kevin-MullinsThis week’s guest is Kevin Mullins. A documentary wedding photographer, Kevin also photographs families in the same style. I first heard him on Street Focus with Valerie Jardin.

One day, Kevin read an article about wedding photography and decided he wanted to be a wedding photographer. Had he been taking photos for years and years? Nope. He didn’t know much about photography but that didn’t stop him. He’s got a great story of getting into photography business in an unconventional way and photographing weddings in an unconventional way too.

In our conversation, we talk about the approach he takes to both weddings and family photography. He photographs the event from the inside out and the last thing he wants to do is stop a moment from happening because he’s there to take photos.

Kevin talks about why using small Fuji cameras suits the way he photographs weddings. Wedding guests don’t realize he’s the photographer because he’s got little cameras and is unobtrusive. He can get right up close to the action without distracting people. He shoots jpegs. You read that right. We talk about why he does and also about which Fuji camera he recommends for parents.

Kevin tells us about the photos he makes of his own family and about this gift he made for his wife.

We also talk about how he started his business and what he’s done to make it work. He recommends the books The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing and The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding and says most of business is common sense.

More about Kevin: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

We all want to be better photographers. And, it takes practice. That’s what I’m doing this year along with an warm, funny and kind group of TWiP Family listeners. Join us on Flickr.

  • This was one of my favorite episodes, possibly because the timing was so perfect as well – I just bought the Fuji X100T to use instead of my DSLR for most of my family photography, and I also bought Kevin’s X100S book which is *fantastic* as far as getting to know the camera. I love that he prioritized his lifestyle and openly admits it (not something you see with a lot of men, IMO).

  • I listened to this episode twice already. I thinking about listening to it again. It was a great episode. Both about being a professional photographer and about documenting his own family (and also about the decision to spend more time with his family). I can see myself in his stories at the beginning of his career. I have a lot to learn yet, but I can feel I’m going on the right direction! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Jenny I listen to your podcasts every week. I anxiously await each new one. Love your personality and all of your guests have something that I can apply to my photog business! Thank you so much.

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