I'm Kalli. Some call me Kalimana.
"Never in a million years." I wasn't supposed to do this "business-owning thing." Growing up, I told myself I wouldn't follow in my entrepreneur dad's footsteps. He was the kind of business owner that would sell something to everyone he met. I fell far from that tree. I hated selling. I wouldn’t even take commission jobs. I was an artist, maybe. But that was it. This photography thing was only ever meant to be a passion-filled (albeit, expensive) hobby.
But somewhere along that journey, my love for taking pictures (and later discovery of video) merged with families and eventually… with birth. I was done for. This was my calling. After learning as much as I could about running a business, assisting experienced photographers, and all sorts of practice shoots, I officially opened for business in 2012.
I’ve always preferred observing over participating (one of the reasons I thought I’d make an awful business owner). Despite all odds, somehow that turned out to be something that allowed me to do my job better. As a documentary birth and family videographer, I have the amazing privilege of being invited into the most intimate spaces to observe life happen... whether energy-filled bed-times, rough playtimes or messy mealtimes, I love working hard to capture the very best parts. The perfect, real moments. There is so much beauty in the little things that happen when families fall out of the “plan” we’ve made. When they forget they’re being watched. I work my butt off to help families get there, and am overjoyed when it happens.
Those who trust me enough to hire me are priceless. Not only do they make it possible for this business to continue, but they also teach me. My sweet husband and I will eventually start having babies of our own, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the teachers I’ve had.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.