Each month, I interview a local photographer to learn about why they love photography.
Kevin Freitas is a Tacoma lover transplanted here in the late 1990s. Born in Oklahoma, he grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and forged an early love for technology and digital cameras and hasn’t looked back since. By day he’s a manager of R&D at SiteCrafting and dabbles in various other projects like Crop Swap and FeedTacoma.com.
Roxanne: When did you become interested in photography?
Kevin: I always snapped shots when I was a kid but only really got into it with my first digital camera back in 1998. Despite the quality I loved the freedom to just snap pictures without worrying about developing film.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
I’m a very visual person—possibly to a fault. When I was a kid I skipped reading and went right for the pictures.
Why is photography important to you?
I’ve used photography as a way to remember my life. Since the days of letter writing and other lost arts are mostly gone I feel like pictures are a great way to chronicle who I am and what I see.
What motivates you?
There’s always a picture to be taken and I’m happy to carry a camera around to take it.
What’s your favorite lens or other piece of photography gear?
I love my 430ex flash. It helped me figure out how to take decent pics indoors where before I was only used to outdoor.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in photography?
Take as many photos as you possibly can. You can certainly read up and watch videos about how to become better. Simply taking photos and looking at the world through the lens is the best way to learn in my opinion.