An Interview {Kim Klassen}

Today we continue our interview series. A series in which I introduce you to some very special people…individuals who work equally hard at their craft and at living an intentional life. Someone new each month, sharing thoughts on creativity and discussing current work dear to his/her heart. Each individual who joins us will also generously offer some sort of giveaway. It could be a handmade item, a spot in a workshop, a collection of stones or crystals…anything that’s connected to the feature artist’s work and life. Their gift to you is of their choosing. This series will, I hope, create space to explore what creativity looks like to different people; I hope it will also create space to spread a little love through the gifts of our guests.

Kim Klassen.  If you don’t know her already, I’m pretty sure you’re going to like her. She’s warm and wise and thoughtful.  She’s kind and compassionate and creative. Wrap all of that up with her talent for photography, and you have a gifted individual.  I first discovered Kim on Instagram, via fellow photographers.  I quickly learned that Kim creates beautiful photography, shares her creative processes in online classes {need to learn Lightroom?  Kim’s your lady}, and is truly a kind, warm woman.  I was so pleased when Kim agreed to do this interview with me. Her beautiful work paired with her gentle demeanor was exactly the way I wanted to wrap up this series of interviews for 2017.  I’m so eager to share our conversation with her, so let’s get started…

Will you begin by telling us about your creative work and business?

So lovely to be here. Thank you Michelle.

I like to think of my photography as creating and capturing quiet still moments.
I call it still photography (rather than still life photography).

I share my creative and technical process on my blog and through a variety of online courses.
I also offer 1:1 coaching around creativity, photography and business growth.

What does creativity mean to you?

It’s (pretty much) everything.
It’s my lifeline.

It lights me up and fills my head and heart with immense joy.

Your photography has a beautiful, and often moody, feel to it.  Will you share a bit about your photography process? 

Thank you.

I’m always amazed how our creative style constantly evolves.

I love looking back at what was once (in my mind) amazing and think hmmmm… not so much anymore.
This is what I love now…..

And so it goes….

Today I capture quiet stills in my beautiful studio.

I let the light guide the story. Light and airy or dark and moody.

I look for the light, then I add a few props and drops to create a still story.
Then I ‘enhance’ the image inside Lightroom.
(I ♡ Lightroom)

I try to capture quiet, still scenes…inviting the viewer to pause. take a breath. (even for just a moment)

Do you have any rituals surrounding your work?

Lots and lots of quiet and long walks with my pup Ben.
This is where the ideas find me…. and the inspiration flows best.

To me… silence both in nature and my studio is a beautiful thing.

Are there particular relationships in your life (to people, to nature perhaps) that inspire you to create?

My family and my dear friend.

This work I do, provides for our family.
I’m blessed and beyond grateful to do what I love and get paid for it.
My friend Aeleen works with me a few days a week in the studio.
She totally gets me.

We see each other’s vision, before we even speak the ideas.

Aeleen inspires me to take the next step, change things up and always, always… take just one more shot.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

If I could offer one thought…

Fall in love with your creativity.
Appreciate it…. honour it… share it.
It’s a gift and privilege to make.

Don’t waste your days…

indulging in creative blocks or not enough-ness….
give yourself a day (maybe a few)… then get to it.

make art.

Even not so great art.

Be blessed.

Be grateful.

Make art.

And now some lighter questions…

What’s the weather like in your corner of the world today?

Today it’s a bit damp and chilly… and the snow is falling.

It’s beautiful.

Winter is extreme in the Canadian prairies.
There are times I think…what the heck?
But for the most part I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

What makes you smile?

Many things… but Ben, our beautiful golden doodle.

Oh my heart…. How I love my beautiful boy.

Do you have a favorite food?

You know…I honestly can’t say I have a favourite food.
It depends on the day.

At this moment… I’m looking forward to my Mom’s Christmas turkey dinner. Amazing.

Are you currently reading a book?  If so, what is it?

I’m always listening to an audiobook (or 2 or 3).

Recently I’m re-listening to Longing and Belonging by John O’Donohue (so wise and poetic) and The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

Others ….of late…
The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed, and oh so many podcasts.

If you close your eyes right now, what word comes to mind?


I hope you’ve enjoyed this conversation with Kim.  She’s lovely, isn’t she?  I’m so grateful to know Kim, so grateful for the beauty she shares with the world, so grateful to have her here with us today.

And, without getting into the bigger story (though Kim shares her story freely on Instagram), I’m extra grateful for the time and energy Kim has spent in sharing this conversation.  Her husband is dealing with heavy health issues presently; Kim is in the thick of that.  I hope you’ll join me in sending love and healing wishes to Kim and John right now.  If inspired, you can share some visual love with this hashtag.  The tag was started by her dear friend, Aeleen (mentioned above); all are invited to join.  I invite you to send some love Kim’s way in the comments below as well.

Thank you, Kim.

Sending a little love your way, m

Kim Klassen is a lifestyle photographer and stylist in love with Lightroom.  She helps others create, capture, and edit beautiful photos via her online classes, Lightroom presets, and creative coaching.




















8 thoughts on “An Interview {Kim Klassen}

  1. When I think of Kim, I always think of her as a friend and a teacher. I learned so much from her – about how to see, about the beauty of everyday, about the vision for a picture and how processing can help bring that vision to life, and about how to live with compassion and grace. Like Kim, our family has faced significant health challenges, and I consider her a sister in my heart. Kim – your photographs move me deeply – and you reveal yourself in every image. It’s a joy to know you. Thank you, Michelle, for this interview – a conversation among creative friends.

  2. I’ve enjoyed watching Kim evolve-I remember when she made textures for us (which I can’t get rid of!) her photography speaks volumes-about her. My love, thoughts and prayers go out daily to Kim and John-the whole family really as they navigate through this crisis. Xo Kim beautiful interview

  3. What a beautiful way to end your year of interviews, Michelle. I have long been a fan of Kim’s work on Instagram and I was so happy to learn more about her and her work. I actually copied down Kim’s thought on living a creative life and plan on posting it in my studio.

    Kim, I am sending light and love to you and your husband, John. I pray for respite from his struggles and for healing strength. I will keep you both in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world with us.

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