To me the camera is key to learning about people and the stories they have to share. I noticed early on in my photography studies that when I had my camera in my hand people opened up to me. That openness is the inspiration that has driven my photography for the last 15 years.
I grew up in El Paso, Texas and upon graduating from UT Austin, in 1999, I moved to New York City. Just after Sept 11, 2001, the New York City Fire Department hired me as a staff photographer. For the next 2 years I used my camera to capture the moments and the stories of the firefighters of New York City. Surrounded by the personnel and the families of the FDNY, I listened to the stories of lost life.
From the fire department I was hired by the City Hall Mayor’s photo unit. After my experience at City Hall I went on to work in D.C. as a White House staff photographer. This journey took my photography skills to the next level. I refer to these years as my “photography boot camp".
After the White House I began a career in presidential campaigning. I have shot for five different presidential candidates and worked on many other political campaigns.
I now live in the best city on earth, New York City. I freelance with surprise proposals and pick up all event photo jobs that are offered to me!
-Kimberly Hewitt | Originally posted at https://www.kimberleehewitt.com/bio