Southern States Business Awards 2023

4 | Southern States Business Awards 2023 ince she was in eighth grade, Kayla has been practicing photography on and off throughout her life. In high school, she began to consider how she could make a career of her skills in the field and, when she started college, she began promoting herself and taking senior photos as well as engagement photos. When she was hired as an intern at Nina Berenato Jewelry, an award-winning handmade jewelry company based in Austin, Texas, Kayla was able to step into photography full time. Today, Kayla is a self-employed photographer, working on fashion, product, and wedding-related photoshoots. Most of her clientele is local to Austin and its surrounding areas, but she is willing to travel further for projects. If a client’s shoot is within 30 miles of Austin, she does not charge any additional travel fees. She is adventurous at heart and never turns down an opportunity to shoot in a new place. For all kinds of shoots, Kayla offers a wide range of packages, which typically range from 25 images up to 100. She offers her clients the opportunity to purchase all of the images she takes if they wish. She currently accepts payment through Venmo, PayPal, and cash. Kayla generally books fashion and product shoots a few months in advance but is happy to squeeze in last minute bookings if she has the availability. Before the photoshoot, clients are invited for a pre-shoot consultation with Kayla so they can go over their ideas, vision, and desires. In terms of planning, she is able to help with aspects like formulating concepts, preparing props, scouting for locations, cultivating an aesthetic, and advising on lighting for the shoot. To ensure the shoot runs smoothly, she asks that any products are consumer ready in preparation, and that a list of must-have shots is emailed to her in advance. After the shoot, Kayla will carry out minor retouching and filter the images she has taken based on the client’s desires. For example, she removes pimples without making subjects look fake or altering their bodies. If clients require extra retouching, they are welcome to pay an additional fee for Kayla to do so. At present, Kayla’s turnaround time is about one and a half weeks, but she can work quicker for an additional fee if clients have a deadline to meet. This fee will be determined based on the complexity of the shoot and the required retouching. The completed photos will be sent to the client through an online portal, which allows them to access, download, and favorite images, create lists of photos, and other useful features. As well as a respected product and fashion photographer, Kayla is also a highly rated wedding photographer on sites such as weddingwire and the knot. She advises that wedding bookings get in contact with her as soon as possible; she books up to a year in advance. From engagement to rehearsal to wedding day celebrations, Kayla can photograph the full experience. She also offers boudoir, portraits, day-after, and trash-the-dress sessions. She is more than happy to work at multiple locations throughout the process. Her range of wedding packages include up to 12 hours of event coverage, access to digital files, and film photography. She also offers destination wedding packages for those planning a wedding abroad. On her clients’ most joyous and memorable days, Kayla is driven by her adventurous spirit to capture all of their emotional and significant moments. She enjoys documenting these authentic experiences and strives to ensure her images reflect the couple’s love and commitment to one another. Turning moments into memories, Kayla immortalizes the day from beginning to end. Kayla is also excellent at ensuring the camera-shy feel comfortable and included. She recommends those who drink to have one to ease the nerves! Throughout her time as a wedding photographer, she has noticed that the first ten minutes can be awkward, but she strives to guide her clients through the process and help them pose. Many who have hired Kayla to shoot their wedding have left overwhelmingly positive reviews for her services online. They frequently praise how comfortable she made them feel, her creativity in helping the subjects pose, and her speedy turnaround time. Furthermore, clients tend to be impressed by her attention to detail, her knack for finding the perfect light, and her ability to perfectly capture the vision of the couple she is working with. Those who hire Kayla often highly recommend her services to anyone else planning a wedding. As a result of her unparalleled passion and talent for what she does, Kayla Dawn Davis has been awarded Fashion and Product Photographer of the Year in the Southern States Business Awards 2023. We congratulate her on this achievement and look forward to seeing what the future holds for her as she continues to work on product, fashion, and wedding shoots, as well as a variety of creative passion projects. Her eyecatching portfolio of work can be viewed on her website. Company: Kayla Dawn Davis Web Address: Apr23049 Fashion & Product Photographer of the Year 2023 (Texas): Kayla Davis S Based in Round Rock, Texas, Kayla Dawn Davis is a passionate photographer who specializes in fashion and product photography, consistently delivering high-quality, beautiful, and unique images. She is also a highly regarded engagement and wedding photographer, capturing the beautiful memories of her clients’ most joyous days