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A fast track to photography

A fast track to photography

The Vision Beautiful | Courtesy

A fast track to photography
October 22
03:57 2015

Chad Robertson | Staff Writer


Wesley Kirk, 25, and Erin Summerlin, 22, are a local power couple when it comes to both cinematography and photography.

Kirk and Summerlin co-run The Vision Beautiful, a cinematic portraiture company that films and photographs music videos, short films, weddings and portraits.

“Simply put, The Vision Beautiful is a photography company,” Summerlin, a film senior at UNT, said. “But it’s also Denton’s best-kept secret, where two people in love spread love all around town.”

Kirk began snapping photos when he was 13 years old, after his parents gave him a camera and 99 rolls of film. Once he started accepting commissions from clients a few years later, he decided to officially start the business.

Kirk drew inspiration for the name The Vision Beautiful from a dream and a script he wrote back in high school.

“It was about an idea so beautiful that it gives you a purpose in life,” the UNT film alumnus said.

Roughly a year and a half ago, Kirk invited Summerlin to be his partner in the business.

“He asked me to join once I think he realized he really wanted to keep me around,” Summerlin said. “Since then, I’ve been trying to add more of a spontaneous and fun aspect to the team.”

Courtesy | The Vision Beautiful

Wesley Kirk and Erin Summerlin Courtesy | The Vision Beautiful

When the duo is on set working together, Kirk focuses on the lighting and composition while Summerlin focuses more on expressions and emotions.

“Seeing how she shoots my set-ups really helps me consider things that I usually don’t,” Kirk said.

Over the course of his career, Kirk realized it was taking him too long to finish a shoot. He started The Week of Models challenge, which forced him to finish a shoot within 24 hours. This included planning, preparing, photographing, editing and uploading the finished product all in one day.

He continued to repeat the process for seven days a week, filming and editing a video in addition to the everyday photo shoots.

“I decided I wanted to test the limits of my creativity,” Kirk said. “Each challenge really pushes me to my limits.”

A lot of planning and pre-production goes into creating something he can really be proud of, Kirk said, adding that nothing is better than seeing his vision appear on the camera.

“I love collaborating with people,” Kirk said. “I work best when bouncing ideas back and forth with people in the photos until we create something unique.”

Summerlin broke down the process the couple goes through when starting a new project. First, the duo brings all the creativity they have to the table, and then they find some people they’d like to model for them.

Once they find their models, the two make a swift call to their makeup artist to set up a time, pick out their locations and outfits for the shoot and meet up with the rest of the team.

Once the team finishes shooting their photos, the whole staff goes out to get pizza or Whataburger, and the couple returns to edit their shots. They finish the project by repeating these steps every day for a week.

“I love meeting new people and being in weird situations,” Summerlin said. “It’s nice to make people smile with what we do.”

Along with The Vision Beautiful, the pair is also responsible for the People of Denton blog, the annual “sweater bombing” of the statues outside the Environmental Science building and collaborating with the We Denton Do It blog.

“The most rewarding part is being able to contribute to Denton in a positive way,” Summerlin said.

Featured Image: Courtesy | A Vision Beautiful

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