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Where It All Began

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September 6, 2021

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A collection of posts written straight from my heart to yours to help you prepare well for your wedding and marriage!

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Welcome to the KSP blog, a place where I share my work, wisdom, and a peek into my everyday life. I'm so glad you're here and hope you stay awhile!

Hi! I'm Kyla.

While I just recently started to pour my heart into building Kyla Shattuck Photography, I’ve been laying the foundation for it for the past decade! Little by little, the dream of becoming a wedding photographer began to take root in my heart. And little by little, I began to take steps to make it happen. If you enjoy reading stories as much as I do, you’re in for a treat. My hope is that by sharing my story, I will inspire others to work toward achieving their dreams, too!

Part 1: Where It All Began
Part 2: The Magazine That Changed the Game
Part 3: Friendship and Opportunity
Part 4: Unfinished Business

Where It All Began

In the fall of 2011, I was a nursing student at UNH. I’d chosen my major based on two factors. Firstly, I wanted to make a difference and do work that matters. Secondly, nursing seemed like a responsible and respectable career path to take. I had always excelled in school and loved to learn. So when I was accepted into the competitive nursing program at UNH I didn’t really consider any other options. But I soon realized that it was not the right fit for me. I loved sitting with patients and brightening their day, but that was about it.

On the first day of my first clinical rotation, I sat around a conference table with my peers. We were doing ice breakers and introductions, and our instructor posed a question. “On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that you want to be a nurse?” she asked. Each of my peers said things like “10!” “9.5!” “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse!”. When it was my turn, my stomach flipped. The only thing I was sure of was that I was entirely unsure that I wanted to be a nurse. While I absolutely love to serve and encourage others, I was uncomfortable in the clinical setting. I performed well and received an A for my first (and only) clinical rotation, but I was not thriving or enjoying it. I was usually a high-performing, top-of-the-class student, but I felt completely out of my element.

clockwise from top left: My high school graduation, the day I moved into my first dorm room, me and my nursing clinical peers, heading to class at UNH, my last day at the UNH main campus, and me at my desk of my first full-time job

Common Threads

I was filled to the brim with creativity, but I felt like I was squandering it. Instead of studying for exams and pouring myself into clinical studies, I spent my time on creative things. When I wasn’t poring over inspiration on the newly-launched Pinterest or taking trips to the craft store for supplies, I was Googling about creative careers I could pursue and how to start a blog. From the information available, I found two potential options: event planning or graphic design. I didn’t even know that wedding photography was a profession, but I knew that I loved beautiful, visual things and I loved celebrations. Looking back, I can see common threads that make so much sense now. Wedding photography involves the continual creation of beautiful things and is centered around joyful celebrations!

I felt strongly that life is too short to spend it doing something you don’t love. But I also still wanted to play it safe and be responsible, so I decided to pursue graphic design. It seemed versatile and safe, with a positive career outlook. UNH didn’t offer design programs, so I made plans to transfer to another school and enrolled in a graphic design program. But I ultimately decided against it. I was wary of building up more student loan debt while not being 100% certain that I wanted to be a graphic designer. So in late 2012 I got a full-time job and continued learning more about creative careers. I set a deadline to give myself a year to figure things out. Little did I know what was in store!

To be continued… Click HERE to read part 2!

  1. […] Part 1: Where It All BeganPart 2: The Magazine That Changed the GamePart 3: Friendship and Opportunity […]

  2. […] Part 1: Where It All BeganPart 2: The Magazine That Changed the GamePart 3: Friendship and OpportunityPart 4: Unfinished […]

  3. […] Part 1: Where It All BeganPart 2: The Magazine That Changed the GamePart 3: Friendship and OpportunityPart 4: Unfinished BusinessPart 5: Becoming a Bride […]

  4. […] Part 1: Where It All Began Part 2: The Magazine That Changed the GamePart 3: Friendship and Opportunity Part 4: Unfinished Business Part 5: Becoming a Bride Part 6: A Big Dream in a Little Apartment […]

  5. […] Part 1: Where It All BeganPart 2: The Magazine That Changed the GamePart 3: Friendship and OpportunityPart 4: Unfinished BusinessPart 5: Becoming a BridePart 6: A Big Dream in a Little ApartmentPart 7: A Leap of Faith […]

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