You have no doubt seen her work; festive photos of families, high school seniors and children posed in beautiful outdoor settings.

And many of you know her.

She is Kimberly McKinney, affectionately known to her friends as Kimmie, and widely respected as a local photographer who owns and operates Kimmie McKinney Photography.

Kimmie was voted No. 1 photographer this year in the E-T’s Best of Erath Contest, and on Wednesday, she sat down to talk about how she got her start in photography.

Kimmie and her husband Travis have lived in Stephenville for 12 years. She moved here from Breckenridge to attend Tarleton State University, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

The couple has three children - Carson, Camden and Kallyn.  

“When my twins were two I started seeing these gorgeous pictures and thought, ‘I can do that,’ so I bought my first Cannon and learned real quick that I couldn’t ‘just do that,’” she joked. “There was a lot of tears and frustration after that.”

Not one to give up, Kimmie signed up for several online photography classes and worked with another local photographer, Dave Polasek.

“He is the granddaddy of photography,” she said. “I learned so much from him.”

A couple years later, Kimmie ventured out on her own, starting Kimmie’s Photography, and a few years ago, rebranded the business to Kimmie McKinney Photography.

Today, it’s booming and she couldn’t be happier. 

Kimmie doesn’t work in a studio and she specializes in using natural light.

“I’m always at the mercy of Mother Nature,” she said. “I like sun. I know how to angle it just right.”

She also loves taking photos of children.

“Kids will give you gold,” she said. “I’ve had so many parents walk away from photo shoots frustrated because things didn’t go as planned, but that’s when you sometimes get the best shot.”

Kimmie is gearing up for Christmas mini sessions she will be taking at a staged Christmas tree farm in Stephenville during the first week of December.

She and other local photographers will also host a four-hour class in January called Momtography.

The E-T will bring you more information about that when registration begins. 

To learn more about Kimmie’s work, visit Kimmie McKinney Photography on Facebook.

To schedule an appointment, call 254-485-9368.