Kim from Dreamstone Shares Her Inspiring Photography
We’re excited to share our interview with Kim Lambert from Dreamstone! Some of Kim’s many talents lie in taking beautiful photos and creating digital art that showcases the world’s beauty. Read on to find out more about Kim’s story!
Could you please introduce yourself, and explain what you do?
I am an author, graphic designer, and photographer. I have been many things in my life (from admin to IT, to project management, to sales rep, riding teacher, and more), but I keep coming back to photography, and related things – I first worked as a professional photographer more than 40 years ago.
I have more than 100,000 images in my personal catalogue, and now, I am creating themed bundles of those images, and graphic products created based on them so that others can use them too.
When my fiction writing (under pen names) isn’t flowing, I go and do graphics, because that relaxes me.
How did your creative journey begin?
I wrote, drew, painted, did pottery, and many things like that from when I was about 10. I also had a camera then (film days….) and creating things has always stayed part of my life – just what I create has shifted over the years.
How would you describe your creative style?
I see beauty in the small things, as well as the big things – so you’ll find sweeping landscape pictures and super closeup studies of flowers and other tiny objects all in my work. Because I took pictures of people for years as my job, I rarely photograph people now – but when I do, I prefer to do so when they don’t know that I am doing it so that I can capture the unaffected essence of the person.
I try to capture, in any photo, angles, and aspects of the subject that are not ordinary, or immediately obvious.
Could you please describe your creative process? Where do you find inspiration?
Everything around us is an inspiration – you just have to look. When you slow down and actually see the world around you, it is full of amazing things – I try to capture that feeling in photos, and then create softer and filtered graphics from those photos, to present the ordinary as extraordinary.
You’re a photographer, graphic artist, and also a writer. How did you learn and develop all these skills? And how do you organize your time?
Time management is still my biggest challenge. There are not enough hours in the day, or days in the week to do everything that I want to, so it’s a case of perpetual triage, as things move towards deadlines.
I learned all of it because I was encouraged to explore learning as a child – so I did. I was never told (by my family at least) ‘you can’t do that’ – so I did things. In the process, I had to learn how, and discover which things I enjoyed more, and which I wanted to persist with.
I firmly believe that anyone can learn almost anything if they find it interesting enough.
What is the next thing you want to learn or create?
I am always learning more graphics and photo post-processing skills, and want to create more from all those thousands of images I have sitting there! But I am also always writing, always working on the next book (I write 8 to 10 books a year), and recently I have begun teaching writing-related online classes.