IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…NEVER QUIT DREAMING The Story of HILARY FOLKS

When thinking of our childhood it often brings back thoughts of happiness, having the ability to enjoy without guard and being able to dream without worry of failure. FYI you can still live that way!!!!! 
“Don’t be afraid, everyone dies in the end. Also do more stuff!!!” 

How old were you when you moved from your childhood home?  I left when I was 19/20. My parents sold the house and I got my first apartment on Capital Hill.

What did you dream about being when you grew up?  I wanted to be famous but didn’t really know how.


Any fun or vivid memories from this house?  When I was 3 or 4 years old, my bedroom window was adjacent to the neighbors Jim and Lois driveway. They were a retired couple and in the early mornings, around 5am Jim would back out the driveway to go golfing. He did this everyday without fail and every day I would hop out of bed and run outside to the end of the driveway to wave goodbye and he would give me a piece of candy each time. I loved it. 

Did you parents encourage you to be creative?  My Mom encouraged creativity, she drove me nearly every night to ballet classes and rehearsals, then she encouraged me to pursue a molding career which eventually led to my current career….

When/how did you start your career of being a photo stylist? 2009 I was living in LA teaching yoga when a producer friend asked me to help style a music video with Joel Schumacher. I said yes (of course having no idea what to beyond the basics) and the rest is history. In 2010 I really came into my own, career-wise. By then I had a portfolio of a few different types of styling/costuming for movies, music videos, tv shows etc… and decide that was my niche and ran with it.

Are you happy were you are in life? I am happy yes, i’m not satisfied however, i feel there is so much more to achieve and i feel very capable of doing more, but yeah, I am very happy.

If there is one thing you could change right now what would it be? To move back to LA full time, I am just so much happier there.

If you could go back in time, what would be the one thing you would tell your younger self?  Don’t be afraid, everyone dies in the end and do more things!!!!!

Author: shawn@shawnkinney.com

The Short: I am commercial portrait photographer, a native Chicagoan and an avid dog lover. When not behind the camera, you can me find out creating new experiences with my fiancé Renea and our Border Collie Cooper. The Long: After working construction for nearly 10 years, I felt I needed more, so I left Chicago in 2000 to explore the West Coast. I spent a decade in the Nevada Desert and four years in the Pacific Northwest discovering a love for photography while roaming breath taking sand dunes and scaling mountain ranges. That love is now my passion. I’ve finally come back home to Chicago and my Cubs, but I carry with me experiences that have shaped me into the person and photographer that I am today. I met many wonderful and amazing people during my travels, some of whom I love to call friends and my journey has allowed me to connect with people on every level, adapt to any situation. “Your ability to thrive in any environment and any situation rests not primarily on what you do, but who you are as a person, an individual; a human being”.

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