Mindy Kerr is the photographer of the body art featured on our cover and within our magazine. She is also the owner of Nature's Child Photography and is the official photographer of cover art for St. Johns Magazine.
Hello! Just a little bit about your friendly neighborhood photographer!
I LOVE interacting with all the different people I get to meet with this profession. From that first cup of coffee at our meet and greet, through our final image selection, I consider everyone a friend by the time we say our "until next times".
I grew up in a VERY small town in Missouri. Roaming through the woods and fields, eating sun warmed wild huckleberries, reading on a bed of moss in the early morning sunshine; this was how I spent most of my days, when not doing farm chores. (Milking cows, weeding my Dad’s garden, and slopping pigs just doesn’t sound as nice as wandering through the meadows, right?)
I attended Missouri University in Columbia, studying Early Childhood Education/Child Psychology, and enjoying photography classes as my elective “fun.” However, I decided about halfway into my college career, that I wanted to support my country, so I joined the Air force.
While serving in Japan, I met my amazing husband (and sometimes my assistant/second shooter). 6 months later, we were married in a whirlwind ceremony. 25 years later… still married, and he’s still very much my best friend.
We have 2 fabulous children together, Jessi, who is 24, and attending college in Illinois for veterinary medicine, and Jason who is currently a senior in high school. Our non-human children consist of 2 super energetic, 70 lb boxer labs, and 2 overly demanding kitties.
Outside is where I'm the happiest... and outside is where the magic happens. People come alive, are more likely to be themselves, not feeling like they need to pose “perfectly.” I am all about the “imperfect” pose… that picture BETWEEN poses – where the soul is bright. Natural world, natural “poses,” natural you. It’s how I roll.
As a “retired” preschool teacher of 17 years, I have infinite amounts of love, patience, and creativity…. all needed for this sometimes unpredictable, and always delightful livelihood. Well, that’s it, in a tiny little nutshell! So when you see this barefoot photographer getting her groove on photographing? Stop and say a quick howdy - new friends are my favorite. ;)
To view the full spectrum of Mindy's work please visit her website at www.natureschildphotography.com
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