DEEPLY DOZEN WITH KILLIAN ROSE
Happy Friday friends, we've made it! And we've got such a sweet lady and friend on the blog to share with you today. Killian Rose of Killian Rose Photography was nice enough to sit down with us and share a little bit of her heart, her passion, and just a glimpse into her day-to-day life. Killian joined Jillian (ha!) on the road for the Deeply Goes East tour this past summer, and her work is BLOW YOUR MIND good. All those Insta's you've seen from the tour? All her work and creativity. We couldn't be more thankful for you, Killian, and we're so grateful to know you!
1. What sparked your interest in photography? Have you always been a creative?
I have always been interested in art and design and grew up painting and drawing. I was an art major in college and studied oil painting but shortly changed my major after my freshman year. I didn’t start photography until I graduated college. After graduation, I spent some time in the Philippines with an incredible anti-human trafficking organization. We spent time in the red light districts of Manila inviting women in the sex trade on a free healing retreat. Over 40 women ended up leaving the brothels and decided to come on the retreat and eventually decided to come live in the safe homes. Many of those women are now graduating college and are free from a life of exploitation. It was INCREDIBLE to see that life change right before my eyes. That experience changed my life and sparked something new in my soul. When I came back to the states, I randomly received a camera as a gift. I was so changed from my trip and I knew I had to do something with my time and resources to help support the organization and the girls I worked with who were coming out of the sex trade, so I created my photo business and decided that a portion of photography fees would help fight human trafficking. Since creating my business, I have had the opportunity to help NGO’s in China, Costa Rica and India. I did not have much experience, but I decided to take a risk and dive into the photo world and I’m SO glad I did. I’m stepping into my 3rd year of shooting full time and I’m loving every second.
2. What’s your favorite thing about your city, and how has it inspired you creatively?
I moved to Nashville last June and it has been an incredible experience so far. One of the things I love about this city is that there are so many young entrepreneurs who are chasing their dreams passionately! This inspires me to work hard and it also has given me opportunities to learn and grow with some incredible artists who are passionate about similar things.
3. What are some lessons you’ve learned since setting out on your journey as a photographer?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to trust your creativity and vision. It’s so easy to compare and question yourself when it comes to your art, but the hard thing to do is pursue your passions confidently. I have also learned there is a difference between perfection and excellence. If we always strive for perfection, we will be running in circles. But we can do things with excellence and that in turn leads to beautiful, fulfilling work.
4. What are 3 pieces in your closet you couldn’t live without?
My FashionABLE tote bag, my Steve Madden ankle boots and my leather jacket.
5. Describe your dream photo shoot scenario
I would LOVE to do a photo shoot on the cliffs of Moher in Ireland or somewhere in Europe, lots and lots of flowers and a beautiful wedding gown.
6. Do you have a morning routine? What is it?
I LOVE the mornings! I try to wake up early, make coffee, read/journal and then get to work. On a good day I will go on a run or do hot yoga.
7. Best trip/vacation you’ve ever been on?
Living in Florence, Italy for 5 months.
8. A favorite quote of yours?
“She has fire in her soul and grace in her heart.”
9. Has there ever been a season, moment, or form of disappointment or waiting, that you viewed as a failure or setback at the time, but that you see now as a helpful and necessary stepping stone to positivity in your life today? What was it?
When I first started by business, I was unemployed, had just graduated college and honestly didn’t really know what I was doing. Things were slow and it was easy to be fearful about the future and question myself and my creative ability. That season was hard, but looking back I am so thankful for that time. I had the opportunity to choose to be productive, learn and surround myself with people who were passionate and encouraging. I learned that it’s okay to have times when you question yourself but the most important thing is actually what you DO in response to your fear and questions. I decided to keep going and I am so glad I did!
10. Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?
Kate Winslet: She is one of my favorite actresses and I think she is beautiful and classy.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
When people chew extremely loud.
12. One word to describe the current season of life you’re in?
One word that describes the current season of my life is FULL. Full of incredible, life giving friendships. Full of community. Full of adventure. Full of risk. Full of opportunity. To say I am thankful for the season I’m in would be an understatement. God is so faithful!