Nov 6, 2019
I love pictures and taking pictures,
but I really enjoy being in them if my loved ones are in them with
me as well. I take so many pictures with my kids and family because
photos capture time, memories, heart, and love. Pictures are
powerful. My guest today realized she could use her gift of
photography to give back and create memories for people in need.
Kylee Maughn is the founder of Kylee Ann
Studios and the Kylee Ann Passion Project, photographing
people in need, pro bono. I’m so inspired by the work that Kylee
does, and I think you will be too. Join me as I learn more about
the legacy, impact, and priceless connections she’s making by
providing visual memories to people who need them the
7:02 - The Kylee 101
- Kylee started photography about
eight and a half years ago. At that time, it was just a one woman
show. Her fiancé (now husband) knew she wanted to become a
photographer so one year for Valentine’s day, he sold his Xbox to
buy Kylee her first professional camera (Aww)!
- Initially she just took photos of
her family and friends, but gradually people started hiring her.
When she had her first child a few years later, she shifted her
photography to a full-fledged business, jumping in with both
- Kylee has come a long way from
those humble beginnings. These days she has a full associate team,
commercial and branding photography, a marketing assistant, an
editor, and more. They shoot 75 weddings a year and Kylee is also a
speaker and photography educator hosting online and in-person
- As Kylee’s business grew bigger
and bigger, she received terrible news that her young cousin had
been diagnosed with cancer. Kylee’s family asked her if she would
photograph her cousin’s journey as she battled with the
- The best part of this story is
that Kylee had the honor of photographing her cousin ringing the
cancer-free bell as she left the hospital after her last
13:49 – The Best and the Worst
- Photographing the best and worst
moments in people’s lives taught Kylee that there are a lot of
reasons people need photographs. Her family would not have had
those crucial moments of their lives documented if not for Kylee’s
photography. She recognized that her family (and many other
families) can’t afford to hire a photographer and don’t necessarily
think to capture their own powerful stories.
- A few months after her cousin was
cancer free, a friend’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Kylee felt moved to ask her if she wanted any photos of her
journey. Would you believe that this woman had been praying for
someone who could take photos of her after her diagnosis? They did
a huge fancy photoshoot with a designer gown on the day she shaved
off her hair.
- On a day that is often touted as
the most difficult of someone’s cancer journey, this woman told
Kylee that she’d never felt more beautiful. That was the beginning
of the Kylee Ann Passion Project.
17:37 - Kylee Ann Passion
- You can nominate anyone with a
financial or physical need to receive a free photo session with
Kylee Ann Studios. She has photographed funerals, miraculous
recoveries, and life-changing moments that continue to drive her to
pursue her purpose of serving those in need.
- Sometimes Kylee is taking photos
for families that will be their last family photos. Sometimes they
are nervous, but often Kylee is often contacted later by families
that tell her that they’re so relieved to have them if they ever
want to look at them. These photos provide outlets for healing and
continue the stories of people families have lost, or the triumph
of victory over a difficult path.
- It’s a vulnerable feeling to walk
into the rooms without happy endings. Kylee takes comfort in the
fact that the camera can actually connect her to people, even in
the worst moments. Kylee’s unique service to offer this kind of
help aids in the coping and healing of those grieving. It also
helps Kylee cope with being a witness to tough moments.
- Kylee is always up for a passion
project and if someone contacts her, she’ll do it. Her new idea is
to focus heavily on one passion project a week for six weeks during
the giving and holiday seasons.
31:42 - Getting to Know Our
Find out what trend Kylee’s
embracing now that might embarrass her in 10 years, what her “walk
up” song would be, her strangest pet peeve, and of course, what it
means to her to run a business with purpose.
- Memorable Quote: “There’s a lot of
people out there who are struggling physically, emotionally, and
financially, and their stories are really important and should be
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