We had the good fortune of connecting with Sindea Kirk and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sindea, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
Great question! I think I started thinking about this when I was about 5 years old. Not what most 5 year olds are thinking about, but my brain was always going, always thinking, wondering. I want to be remembered as a kind, creative, empath, who made a difference in the world. While laughing. Even though I started thinking about serious things far too young, I have laughed all along the way. Laughter truly heals. Combine that with kindness and empathy, and I think it is quite magical, really.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art truly comes from my heart, and the vision in my mind. Remember how I was thinking about serious things when I was 5? This is part of that. Everywhere I looked, I saw beauty. I loved people, nature, animals, cars. I wanted to capture all of everything around me! So, as a child, I had cheap film cameras over the years. In high school, I became a yearbook editor, mostly to have access to a better camera! Same for college, I became a newspaper editor…to access the cameras. I met a wonderful man when I was 23, who became my mentor. Mike. He was like an uncle-friend-mentor. I remember him giving me a light meter, so I could improve my skills. He taught me amazing techniques in the darkroom. I began my business at barely 24, using a combination of 35mm and medium format film cameras. I photographed a lot of weddings (so many weddings!), seniors, families, and dabbled in boudoir. I was just proud to have my own business! When I was 25, I became a birth doula, but did not want to leave photography behind. I decided to photograph births- that was a shock to everyone in 1997! It was not a genre back then, but I felt strongly that it should be captured. I combined doula work and photography for 20 years. It was up and down, especially when our economy tanked. That was a rough couple of years! But, in 2017, I retired from all things birth work related, had a baby at 45, and decided I wanted to focus (pun intended!) my work on empowering women of all ages with my photography. The number of women, and even teen girls, that tell me that they hate the way they look, that they have never liked a photograph of themselves, is heart breaking. My goal is to change that. One woman at a time.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since I moved to SoCal less than a year ago, it is an adventure for me and my bestie visiting! Of course, we have to hit up Disney. Including California Adventure, they have the best food and drink options, plus, I am a sucker for Pixar. On non-Disney days, we would go to see the sea lions and seals in La Jolla. Not much brings me more joy than going there! And the sunsets there are fantastic. I also love going to San Diego and wandering Balboa Park. Heading back to where my home and studio are, in Moreno Valley, I love wandering the Inland Empire, so many beautiful places. Have you been to Forest Falls? Or the views over at the water at Lake Perris? I feel like the possibilities are endless.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is a tough question! It is hard to answer, because many people have influenced my journey to where I am now. However, a big part of my why, is my brother Aaron. As a child, I looked up to him immensely. He was kind, funny, a fantastic big brother, and helpful. He passed away when I was 9, and he was 20. At first, this devastated my world. Now, 40 years later, I am still looking up to him, and I do what I do in life, hoping I have made him proud.

Website: www.delicateconfessions.com

Instagram: boudoirbysindea

Linkedin: Sindea Horste Kirk

Twitter: KirkSindea

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/delicateconfessions

Other: My Facebook above, is a community for women! I share all about my business there, but it is an amazing community. We laugh, we support each other, we help encourage self love and body positivity.

Image Credits
All other images were created by me.
Stephanie Gibboney

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