Kimberly Wilson traveled to Ethiopia as she was one of the photographers who were selected to participate in the Archibald Project media mission

By Valerie Shelton (The Business Journal) |

Fresno (California) photographer Kimberly Wilson, owner of Kimi-G Photography, is taking her talents overseas this February as one of nine photographers nationwide selected to participate in the Archibald Project media mission to Ethiopia.

Kimberly Wilson, a 2011 Fresno State photography grad, has had an eye for capturing special moments on film since her mom gifted her a 35mm camera at age 9. While attending Fresno State, Wilson took her art to the next level as friends and family members began paying her for headshots and family photos. Wilson is now known throughout the Central Valley for her wedding and event photography as well.

WeddingWire recently recognized Kimberly Wilson with a Couples Choice Award, presented to photographers with all 5-star ratings on its site, and she has also been honored by Parents Magazine Central California as Best Family Photographer and has been a Fresno Bee Peoples Choice Award nominee multiple times.

Though her work has received several accolades, Wilson said she was beyond surprised when Archibald Project founders chose her application out of the hundreds submitted.

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“It said on the application not to expect a reply because so many are applying,” Wilson said. “Within 24 hours they e-mailed me and said they loved my application, and my heart for photography and for kids, and asked to interview me and my heart sank. The next week I was interviewing on a Skype call on my couch, and then less than a week later, they invited me to go. There are nine of us going throughout the United States and I’m the only one from California.”

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