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Rising Stars: Meet Kyle MacDonald

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle MacDonald.  

Hi Kyle, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Well, I got my start in photography way back in high school (2001-2005) shooting my friend’s skateboarding. I had a large group of friends that used to skate together every day and as it turned out my family had a video camera and my grandma gave me her film camera, which she used for family photos. So being the only person with access to cameras I became the default photographer and videographer. Around the same time, I had a class in school that had a dark room and taught us how to develop the black and white film as well as how to use photoshop. After skateboarding left my life, so did photography for several years. I picked it back up around 2015 just as a way to express myself artistically. For the past 7 years, I’ve just constantly tried to improve my photography. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think any journey you embark on is going to be all smooth sailing. There are obvious struggles along the way, everything from finding the motivation to shoot to getting people to book your services. With the type of photos that I like to shoot and the amount of time they take to make and what hours they require to be shot at all while being a single parent, I struggle a lot trying to get out there and shoot. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
If I had to pick a particular type of photography that I enjoy and, I think, excel at it would be star trails. They are often breathtaking photos that really hammer home just how fast the earth really is spinning. I’ve been enamored with space and astronomy since elementary school so it only makes sense that I love to shoot the stars. I’ve recently started to get into more astrophotography but that is a whole different type of challenge and I am still very much a novice in that space. Another form of photography that I fell in love with was traveling to the mountains west and attempting to capture the true beauty of such a foreign landscape to me. Also coming from a very active and sports-heavy life I do still enjoy shooting just about every sport all the way from little leagues up to NCAA div 1. 

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I’m probably not the right person to speak on this topic. My life was largely unaffected by covid. At my day job, we returned to in-person work in April of 2020. I did lose out on photographing University of Michigan hockey which was a dream as I grew up watching them. 


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