American photographer David Alan Harvey said, “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” It’s advice that Kyle Niemier, photographer for Western Window Systems, takes to heart. His images tell a story of beautiful views, fresh air and sunshine, and blending the indoors with the outside.
“Kyle’s like a samurai warrior, Zen master, and photographer rolled into one,” says Laura Hahnefeld, marketing director. “He’s highly skilled, focused, and has an unflappable sense of calm when it comes to getting the best shots for our brand.”
Niemier began his career with Western Window Systems in 2014. Within a short time, he was producing photo and video shoots, organizing large batches of images on the server, and editing photographs to be used in publications such as Dwell magazine.
“Kyle loves a challenge, especially the opportunity to prove he can tackle any project, no matter how daunting,” says Hahnefeld. “His organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks has made numerous shoots run smoothly and efficiently.”
Recently, Niemier took the lead on helping the marketing team get on board with a new project workflow program. By taking the initiative to educate himself, he was able to provide thoughtful feedback and clear direction to struggling coworkers. The result was enhanced workflow and more transparent communication.
“Kyle goes out of his way to be there for his coworkers,” says creative director Jeff Kesar. “He’s currently helping the newest member of the team learn a new skill: finishing images.”
Congratulations to Kyle Niemier, Western Window Systems’ office employee of the month for February.
Learn more about Kyle Niemier by reading his Q&A below:
Where did you grow up?
What song best sums you up?
“Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles.
What is your favorite sport to watch/play?
My favorite sport to watch is football. My favorite sport to play is ice hockey.
What are your hobbies?
I like to wander new places with a camera, play drums, and listen to audiobooks and podcasts.
Who do you look up to/admire?
I admire my dad for his incredible work ethic. He’s worked two jobs for most of my life. Even now that he’s retired, he’s still working.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
New York City.
If money was no object, what would you do?
What is your favorite family recipe?
Is grilled steak and baked potatoes a recipe? They were staples at the Niemier residence.
What is your favorite movie?
A few that come to mind are Jurassic Park, American Beauty, and The Sandlot.
What is your biggest success up until now?
I’ve somehow managed to avoid breaking any glass with my photo gear – so far.
What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
It’s fascinating to see all of the coordination that happens at a company this size. I really enjoy getting glimpses into various parts of the process and meeting the people involved, from the office and shop staff to our partners and customers. The product sure goes through a lot of hands on its journey!
What is one fact about you that almost no one else knows?
I always cut my own hair. Frugal or cheap and stubborn? You decide.