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Art & Life with Kaitlyn You

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaitlyn You.

Kaitlyn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I always loved cameras. As a girl, I loved being in front of it, but as I grew older I realized how much I enjoyed being behind it. My passion for photography has really grown since then, especially these last few years I’ve had a DSLR. I’ve taken courses and brought my camera out as much as I could. I now recognize my greatest joy is photographing portraits, especially of teens. Just this past year I’ve started a business, Deer Trail Photography, where I photograph San Diego families, seniors/teens, kiddos and headshots.

I love photography because it’s really an art that takes those precious, fleeting moments of life and freezes it. Ultimately, I’m the daughter of the King and I strive to live for Him. My goal as a photographer is to capture the beauty of life and turn them into masterpieces that reflect and direct people towards the Creator.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I believe photography is an art; one of the many reasons why I love it so much! It’s my creative outlet. I think it’s really important for people to see how beautiful they really and truly are. In this day and age – in this social media culture – it can be easy for people to lose value of who they are or not realize how amazing they are. The thing I LIVE for in my business is giving those photos to the client and seeing them light up. Sometimes they say they didn’t realize how good they looked, something that does make me a little sad but gives me hope and motivation to change people’s perspectives and open their eyes on their whole value as a person. I love capturing a senior’s laughter, or the way a baby reacts to his siblings. These real, authentic moments are what continuously drive me as a photographer.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
Photography is a journey I am continually advancing on. You will not become a pro overnight. Things like editing, composition, becoming a light master…all those things took me many hours before I got a good grasp on it. I mean, it all depends on how devoted you are on your art. The more time and heart you throw into it, the better you’ll become. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s googling up something or asking a fellow photographer friend, it’s always good to continually learn new things in your craft.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can visit my online gallery at or socials (@deertrailphoto).

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Image Credit:
Deer Trail Photography.

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