My Story | Kevin Scott Banks

My Story

The Short Version

I grew up taking photos with my family’s digital camera. When my grandfather died, he passed on his Nikon film camera in case one of his grandchildren took up an interest. I asked for the camera and fell in love with photography. Now it brings me great joy to share my photos with other people.

The Long Version – (It’s not that long, just read it – there are pictures too!)

As a child, I was obsessed with any toys that had moving parts. I loved taking things apart, and I was notorious for not putting them back together. I was also mesmerized by video games – there was something about pushing buttons on a controller and watching images react on the screen that really drew me in.

An early family photo on our country property.

When my dad bought our family’s first digital camera, I was fascinated. This was the kind you put a floppy disk in and could take 36 pictures per disk at 3 megapixels. Quick and easy, no film needed, how cool was that? I filled up a lot of floppy disks with that camera. We lived on a 5-acre property in the country, and there was always work to be done. But I figured out that I could get out of working by being the camera man and documenting other people working – somebody had to do it!

I also remember that my grandfather was really into photography. After he retired from the Marine Corps, he ran his own photography business. Any time I visited, he would make me get dressed up so he could practice taking my portrait. When I was 12, he passed away somewhat suddenly from cancer, before I really got the chance to know him. However, he left behind his beloved Nikon film camera, just in case one of his grandchildren took up an interest in photography.

One of the first photos I took with my Grandpa’s film camera of my little sister Kaylee.

Several years passed, and during my senior year of high school I had to complete a “senior project” in order to graduate. I decided it was time to ask for Grandpa’s camera and dive in to the world of photography…and dive in I did. I asked the school photography teacher to tutor me, and immediately I was hooked. While I was learning, I took lots of photos of my little sister and of the beautiful property we lived on.

Climbing and photographing a glacier in New Zealand.

After studying photography and business in college, I got a dream job working for a sailboat company in Hawaii. Before I moved there, I bought my first digital SLR camera. I wanted to be ready for all those spectacular Hawaiian sunsets I kept hearing about. Thus began my foray into travel and landscape photography. Since then, I’ve had the chance to travel and take photos in some pretty incredible places – New Zealand, Australia, India and Nepal to name a few. For me, there’s nothing quite like being alone in nature with my camera, capturing the beauty I see. It may be my favorite thing to do in all the world.

These days, I call Nashville home, and I really enjoy this city. I have great friends, and anything else a guy could want. I try to have adventures on a regular basis, whether it’s a trip to the local Radnor Lake, or somewhere further away. I post my favorite photos here on my blog for you to enjoy, and for me to remember. Thanks for following along and being a part of my journey!

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Kevin Banks