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OUTSIDE THE FRAME
The Man Defined - DeRonn Kidd ( #TMDPresents: Defined As) - Outside The Frame

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After returning home to Detroit from my first visit to Paris, I envisioned creating a space where individuals like myself who came from an urban community and had little to no exposure to the world and its wonders could learn more about it. In its initial stages, my vision centered mostly on bringing together travelers to learn, share advice, and converse about our personal experiences around the world. Yet, as I delved deeper into photography I found myself pondering the idea of creating a community for peer-to-peer mentoring and support for fellow professional photographers.

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At the end of 2014, I established Outside The Frame as a project with an aim to bring together and organize various professional photographers from around the country for a photography retreat in an unknown destination. Marked as an opportunity to put on hold all routine photography work while teaming up with fellow photographers to expand networks, develop entrepreneurial and business ventures, and to remind ourselves of the reasons why we started shooting. It was a place for a collective of individuals to meet others who are also passionate about pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling. The first inaugural retreat was held in Sweden in the Fall of 2015 and it was a huge success!

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NO TURNING BACK

 

The Man Defined - DeRonn Kidd ( #TMDPresents: Defined As) - No Turning Back

Credit: DeRonn Kidd

For several years, I juggled a full-time career in healthcare and my photography business. I’m a believer in having multiple passions and multiple streams of income, and I loved both jobs. The balance I struck allowed me to manage a dual career. Furthermore, when I completed my studies and obtained my Master of Public Health from New York University I was in a prime position to further explore career opportunities in healthcare. And yet, there was still a part of me that wondered what life would look like if I let go of my 9-to-5 job and fully transitioned into photography with no backup plan. That sense of curiosity and wonder became a reality when at the beginning of 2016 I took the plunge and left the industry that I have thrived in for the past 15 years to become a full-time photographer. This has been the biggest leap in my professional career so far, but also one of the most fulfilling. 

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South Africa / Credit: DeRonn Kidd

 

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Photography has taken me places I’ve always wanted to visit and it has put me in contact with people I never thought I would meet. As someone who comes from a single parent household in Detroit, is the first in my family to travel abroad, and embrace entrepreneurship I have been fortunate to overcome the odds. In the years since my journey first began I have visited over 50 countries on 6 continents; photographed events, destination engagements and weddings around the country and the world; had my photography published by The New York Times, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, CBS, The United Nations, Apparel, and more;  and all the while still being able to continue to thoroughly explore and engage my passion for travel and photography. I’m extremely grateful for the experiences I’ve had thus far as the direct result of becoming a photographer!

 

Find out more about DeRonn and his photography here.

 

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