Behind The Lens: Malaina Kinne

Get to know one of our newest team members and go Behind The Lens with Malaina Kinne to see what drives her to pursue her passion for photography.

Whats your Story?

Malaina: Hi, you! My name is Malaina. I have NO idea what my name means, but I’m creating who I am, so I guess it’s really not a big deal.

I’m married to my best friend of 18 years. We have two amazing and creative children (not biased or anything). I’ve lived in Oregon since I was 9 years old; so, I call Portland my home.

What motivated you to get into photography?

Malaina: I’ve heard many times success doesn’t happen overnight. That’s how I feel about photography. I didn’t wake up one morning and say “I’m going to be a photographer”. It’s happening over a course of time. But something did spur the thought, which then turned into action. There are two parts to me becoming a photographer. First, fitness was my business and addiction for a few years before I had major surgery. Because of major surgery fitness was put on the back burner, which scared me because I didn’t know what was coming next in my life. I have my husband to thank for both buying me a camera and also encouraging me to explore and experience life with my camera. Second, a friend referred me to someone looking for a photographer to capture and document a High School Reunion. Scared, I said yes, I got through the night, I got paid, and I had that bright lightbulb turn on…I can do this as a business! That’s how I started my journey as a photographer.

Who is your muse?

MalainaMy muse is nature and anything that I can get close up to. Getting close to something can be emotional, dramatic and intimate. That’s what inspires me to be creative. Don’t get me wrong, landscapes are beautiful, but when I can get up close it’s less distracting, it’s less chaotic and for me, it’s more enjoyable.

Do you have a favorite camera?

Malaina: Do I have to pick only one? My favorite camera is my Canon 80D. I love to use any L-Series lenses as much as I can. My other favorite is my phone camera with the macro attachment.

If you were to go back in time and photograph any era, what would it be?

Malaina:Oh, that’s tough! It’s a toss up between the 70ths and the 90’s. The hippies and bell bottoms are two things I’m drawn to. As for the 90’s? I feel that’s when ALL the clothes from the past came together. Everyone was wearing everything – didn’t matter what it looked like. They wore clothes that fit their personality. Several eras meshed together. I would have loved to capture those Hammer pants in action!

Polaroid or Disposable Camera?

Malaina: Polaroid all the way! You can have that moment in life captured in an instant and printed right then and there…seeing life as it happens.

If you were to give one piece of advice to a new photographer, what would it be?

Malaina: To be honest, this is a tough question for me because I still feel like I’m new to photography because I’m still learning, but maybe that’s the best feeling to have – keeping it fresh! Be patient with yourself and your skill, and give yourself time to create who you are. If an opportunity comes your way and it makes you nervous or scared to try, take that chance on yourself and DO IT! It may not be the thing that makes you, YOU, but it will help you in finding the direction that is supposed to be yours.

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