Kawai Matthews

Kawai Matthews (www.kawaimatthews.com) is a nationally published and award-winning photographer specializing in celebrity portraiture & music photography.  Her ability to capture the depth of a subject, while delivering quality, awe-inspiring imagery is uncanny and unmatched. Shooting unforgettable moments of flair, confidence, substance and honesty in her subjects, her heavyweight portfolio includes some of today’s most celebrated entertainers.  Her power list includes: Kanye West, Pamela Anderson, Al Sharpton, Michael Rapaport, Derek Luke, Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Kat Von D and many more.  She’s also been featured and made appearances on the following television networks: WeTV, BET and VH1.  As much about her art as she is about her business, she heads Air Philosophy, LLC, a Los Angeles-based powerhouse creative studio, offering visual solutions, content production and education to clients worldwide.  Matthews also allocates a hefty portion of her time to teaching photography, digital art and entrepreneurship, placing community outreach and mentorship high on her list of priorities.

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Julia Dean Interviews Kawai Matthews

LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks Kawai Matthews ten questions about her background, career in and beliefs about photography …

Julia Dean:  What kind of photographer are you?

Kawai Matthews:  Portrait Photographer.

JD:  How long have you been shooting?

KM:  20 years.

JD:  Where did you get your training?

KM:  Started in high school with Black/White film & darkroom training and began teaching myself digital photography and studio lighting in 2004.

JD:  When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?

KM:  When I studied and figured out the business of photography and how to generate an income from it.

JD:  Did you ever come close to giving up?

KM:  Nope.

JD:  Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?

KM:  Sure, happily…I’ve made investments spending time, money, energy, and so much more into my beautiful journey and I wouldn’t change a thing.

JD:  What have you gained by being a photographer?

KM:  The superpower to see into people’s souls and finding the “art” in just about anything.

JD:  What classes do you teach at LACP?

KM:  Basic I, Basic II, Studio Lighting

JD:  What do you love most about teaching?

KM:  Creating a platform for people to discover their gifts and watching them read their camera manuals for the first time.

JD:  What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?

KM:  Creative development comes first…then when and if your angel taps you on the shoulder and says, “Hey, you should be doing this for a living!” then go learn how to run a business.