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Rising Stars: Meet Kevin Hinton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Hinton.

Hi Kevin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always had a love for capturing moments, either by video or photos. It seemed kinda odd because no one else around me was into it like me. I never had much money so I had to use what I had to make things happen. My very first camera was on my Samsung cell phone. I’m not a sure version of it but it was my baby and I made it work for me.

There was a time that I was taking pictures at The Washington Auto Show and I was on the ground, bending around, getting super close, and just going all-in with the angles. That’s when one of the people from Hyundai said “Hey what are you doing?” I responded oh just taking pictures of the car and to the gentleman’s response ” No you’re doing something different!

I’ve never seen anyone take those kinda shots of a car before and the way you’re doing it” He asked for my info and gave me a place to send the pictures I took. I was super excited and happy to be noticed in that way. I sent out the pictures the next day and an email expressing how happy I was for the opportunity or anything that could come out of this. Nothing ever came from that moment, but I felt that I had something and wanted to do more.

In 2008, I finally got my first DSLR camera a Nikon D5100 I called her “Nikki”. She was gifted by my Mom with all intentions of being the catalyst to pushing me forward, and man, oh man, did it do just that! I partnered up with a few friends of mine and kicked off a podcast around hip-hop, but then that changed into a geek culture show called “Loading Snacks” and then going to the Cons started with more pictures and tons of video interviews and more.

By doing the show and having so much creative control because I was building the look and feel of the show, other jobs started coming my way which let me build and grow to do other crazy jobs! It made me feel amazing that so many people loved my work and wanted to build with me by doing whatever I wanted to do.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was never really smooth, just trying to get to know the gear and wanting a certain look made it kinda rough. However, the love of wanting to get better always kept me on my toes and my cup half full to learn.

My struggles then are some of the same now, even though a lot has happened to remove them, my self-doubt has always been a problem. You know, from comparing work to others. Not believing that I was even remotely good. That stems from prominent people in my life telling me that I wasn’t going to be shit ever in life.

So well when you hear that like 20 million times, you tend to believe it.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My work spreads out from Photography, Videography, Graphic Design, Audio Production, Voice Overs, DJing, and AV setups.

I have a lot of bags, so when I’m the DJ I’m giving my best. When I’m the photographer for the night, I’m giving my best. I specialize in completing and giving my all to every task I’m given. Improbably best known for my photo work and maybe my video promos.

I’m most proud of making it from such a rough past of self-doubt and trauma to becoming a published photographer. I think the way I have fun while working and the connection I tend to build with people I interact with brings a new light to my work.

You can feel the happiness, fun, and joy through the pictures and even sometimes feel like you were there just by looking.

What do you think about happiness?
Being in my creative element and knowing that I’m doing what I love and being appreciated.

I remember taking a trip back to New York just to get to know my camera and just take pictures and videos, but while on the trip back I had this overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy.

I said to myself there’s someone out there right now whose job is to do what I just did. I would love to have this feeling every day! Along with the wages that would show that I really can do shit and do it well.

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Image Credits
Regmopromo Love U, Street Bar Crawl, DJ Jahsonic at The Love U, Love the Shooter at StreetMeet, DC Dupont Circle 2022, Sam The Great Rock, The Park 2021, Joe Clare at Laughhouse Comedy Show, at Busboys and Poets Markers Rodney “BUCK!” and Herring BUCK AT WORK

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