Today I was fortunate to be able to photograph a dear friend, Kaila Cumings, as she takes another step closer to creating her hometown business. In a workshop in the woods she enjoys keeping her survivalist tools maintained, while creating new designs, like the Kaila One knife recently released.
The last member of Kaila's family I photographed was her daughter, when she attended the local pre-school program. Bailey, now 9, let me know that Walk to Emerson School Day is canceled tomorrow because of the rain.
Kaila and I worked together at the Inn at East Hill Farm and Crossroads. I knew she was interested in survivalism, as we both hang out at the Fitzwilliam Sportsman's Club. Still, it was not until we ran into each other in Las Vegas in 2014, while she was attending Shot Show, that I realized how much knives and guns had become part of her life.
Kaila had done much of the fundraising through social media, including Instagram and Facebook accounts. She is the closest Entertainer listed to me, and has more than 20x the following. Even though her page is mostly about guns and knives, there is much more. There is a beautiful Mom who shares her passion and skills with her family, while letting an excited daughter participate in some activities.
One of the best parts about hanging out with Kaila is that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She loves competition, is always learning something and remains sweet regardless of the crap she puts up with - particularly the anonymous criticism of cyberspace. For those of us who are in a small town that represent our region online, followers can be critical about weight, style and other personal choices or characteristics. You go Kaila!
Humility is the building block to much social learning and self growth. Kaila is willing to laugh at herself, yet tackles problems directly. She has always supported her family and still she strengthens everyone's independence.
The Huntress - Kaila Cumings
Kaila recently went to a foreign country to be featured in an episode of Naked and Afraid which will be airing soon. She was not allowed the guns, bows or other tools with which she has practiced. During the shoot today I captured pics of her homemade nets to capture fish and she showed me firsthand that she has no problem playing in the dirt with dead animals.
Obviously, if there was ever a zombie apocalypse, I'd be crying to Kaila to save me. As far as local Entertainers go, she is killing it. It is an honor to be asked to do some photos for her, catching up while having fun in the woods.
As long as television production doesn't pull her away, I am hoping Kaila might make an appearance at Bat Night & Guano Dance. I told her to leave the blades at home and come with a whip - like CatWoman.
Watch out Youtube!
Beautiful, isn't she?
kailacumings Did a super fun photoshoot today with @djchrisholman
Happy National Small Business Week 2016!