My name is KC Sandidge, and I am a photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I specialize in macro photography. I was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois before moving to Wisconsin to attend college. I graduated college with my BS in neuropsychology and moved out here to explore what life had to offer.
Though I have no formal education in the fine arts or photography, I have always had a camera in my hand. I was introduced to the “black room” when I was in high school and fell in love with it. I spent countless hours working on my craft: creating, developing, and experimenting with 35mm film. After graduating high school, I transitioned into the digital world and bought my first DSLR: a canon T2i.
I began shooting anything and everything: my friends, snowboarding, insects on flowers, etcetera. I would show off my work to family and friends who would ask me for prints to display in their houses. They provided me with great feedback and expressed that I should pursue photography as more than just a hobby. Though I did listen, I never took their advice seriously.
Fast-forward to January 1, 2016. I decided to make a New Year’s resolution to sell one print to a complete stranger at an art show. I recently bought a new camera (a Nikon D750) and wanted to make use of it some way, shape, or form. I figured that such a challenging goal would be extremely motivating. I wanted to take pictures of something that would be unique and stand out an art show, something people would flock to my booth and ask questions such as, “how did you do that?” and “what is this?!” And I did just that, I found something that elicited those responses.
I started shooting “The Drops of Simplicity” collection after stumbling across a unique way to capture water drops. The results were mesmerizing, and I ran with it. I began to experiment with different types of media, backgrounds, and other additives to create original pieces of photography. I had a wonderful showing of my work at the Pikes Peak Art Festival which reinforced my drive to set up a website and a portfolio.
The work that you see is all done by hand, and yes, at times, it was quite painstaking. I could have purchased a fancy machine to time the drops and fire the camera for me, but where is the fun in that? That being said, the colors that you see in the majority of the photos are natural, just brightened with contrast boosted due to the dulling side-effect of the technique I use. I am able to produce almost any color on the visible spectrum without using any post-process editing.
Speaking of post-process editing, my brother, Hunter Sandidge, has been a big component to the success of my photography. Not only has he spent countless hours editing, and often times heavily critiquing my work, he is the one responsible for this beautiful website. Though we live over 1000 miles away, we make the time to Skype with each other to go over new photographs and ideas, and sometimes, if I am lucky, he teaches me some of his coveted editing techniques. As a result of his work and dedication to helping me, the signature, which can be found throughout the website, is a combination of both his and mine.
Though photography is not my full-time job, I spend most of my free time perfecting my style. I am always pushing the boundaries to try to create new and exciting pieces of work, specifically revolving around bright and vibrant colors. My website is updated weekly with original images of my work, all of which are available for purchase.
If you do not see a particular image or color that you would like, send me an email and I can customize one just for you or a particular room in your house. My work is only printed on metal or acrylic, all with mounting brackets included; no frames needed. I guarantee they will stand out and elicit thought-provoking conversations with guests.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my photography.