I'm 34 years old, happily married to my best friend, and together we have one independent girl and two silly little boys who light up our lives!
If I had to pick one word to describe myself......I suppose it would have to be random. My interests and passions seem to span a rather broad and random spectrum. Just take my journey to photography as an example.....
After graduating from high school, I played college football for a bit, before deciding I wanted more of a challenge. So I joined the United States Army, and got the challenge I was seeking becoming an Airborne and Air Assault soldier. In the army, I explored different countries and took so many photos. When I met and married my wife, I was honorably discharged and began to make a living by working as a manager at Old Navy, then a manager at a local Movie Theater, then a Police Officer for a couple of years. A couple of years later, while my wife was in nursing school we found out she was pregnant, and I took my dream job, mentoring pre-teens and teens. I love kids, and am indeed passionate about uplifting our youth. But, when I delved into the world of photography, something within me changed. While being a mentor was still a great job, it suddenly wasn't enough. So, instead of giving up the best job I ever had to pursue something that felt more like a force, than a job, I combined them. Photography HAS been a force in my life, blowing in, nearly unexpected, and has rocked the boat of my safe little life plan in many wonderful ways.
I guess the safe plan isn't always the best plan, though, is it?!!
I've shot almost 100 weddings since I began this crazy adventure, and countless portrait sessions. Each person has left an indelible stamp on my life. Each life I've encountered has felt right, like I belong in this place, doing this thing. And there is happiness and peace in that knowledge.
My name is Walter Kennard and I am a SENIOR portrait photographer in Wytheville, Virginia. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know and look forward to crossing paths soon.