When we look for ambassadors for Boulder Granola we are always searching for folks who are living life in a way that is unique, inspired and fun. We recently caught up with one of our newest additions, Chandler Kim, of Chandler Kim Photography. Join us in welcoming Chandler to the Boulder Granola Brand Ambassador Team and then take a look at our Q & A with her to learn more about what inspires her and where she is headed next.
1) Describe what you do for us, what is it about your business that is unique?
I am a lifestyle photographer with an insatiable appetite for everything outdoors. For me, it’s not just about the photographs, but the adventures that inspire the images. I like to let the situations I capture to unfold naturally; how they exist in real life. The candid moments are the best. Photography, for me, is a form a self expression that helps me get out there. I just drive and don’t necessarily have a destination in mind, but my camera always takes me to interesting, alluring places. Granted, it does help having a really cute dog in the passenger seat. I would love to inspire others through my photographs… to transport that nostalgic feeling of a memory, location, smell, or whatever that might be to the viewer, using photographs as a portal.
2) Tell us what inspired you to start your own business?
Let’s be honest – the idea of working for yourself is alluring. Who doesn’t want to be their own boss after all? I have always been a creative, self driven person. After attaining the skill set needed to turn my passion into a career from the Art Institute of Colorado and working full time with a Denver based production company, I still felt there was something missing. So, roughly last Fall I decided to pursue freelance photography full time, with the help of my furry assistant, Bandit. The only way to learn how to swim is jump in the pool, right? I now have the freedom to work with my own clients in constantly changing environments and pursue personal projects allowing me to follow my creative journey.
3) Describe your next big project:
I consider every project my next big project. I have quite a few weddings coming up in the next few months that will take me all over our beautiful state of Colorado. I’m planning a big road trip for this fall when all the weddings settle down. Being on the road with my dog is easily one of my favorite adventures, not to mention it’s super fun to photograph.
4) Have you always wanted to be a photographer?
I think my first aspiration was to be the Rodeo Queen. (I grew up in Steamboat Springs to put that one into context for you.) I’ve always been artistic. Crafting and painting were and still are big hobbies of mine, but it really wasn’t until I was about 14 that I started becoming interested in the possibilities of photography. I think subconsciously I was drawn to photography because I wanted to hold on to certain special moments in my life because all the good ones always went by too quickly.
5) Super important – what is your favorite Boulder Granola Flavor and preferred mode of delivery?
Can I say it’s a tie? I can’t pick just one. Cranberry is my favorite for smoothie bowls or with Honey greek yogurt and Chocolate Chunk – straight out of the bag! Super great for a healthy chocolate fix. Now excuse me while I go fix myself some granola.