KOTA Territory teen starts photography business

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - As kids grow they spend a lot of time with school work, sports, music and dating.

One KOTA Territory teen is learning how to be an adult, and he's only 17-years-old.

"I was looking through the sale ads and found this camera and was like hey let's start an adventure,” said teen photographer Kyle McSherry.

McSherry went from being an average Rapid City teenager to a business owner, thanks to social media.

"I thought it would be fun to make a Facebook page just to put pictures on there and then it just kind of turned into a business,” said McSherry.

You don't have to ask McSherry what his plans are after graduation, because he already has things lined up.

"Since I've started my Facebook page I've gotten a lot of likes and followers and a huge increase of people sharing,” said McSherry. “I like having my own business because I get to run it how I want to, I get to experience myself and I get to do stuff how I want."

It's even brought him some cash.

"I did my brother and sisters wedding. I did some senior pictures that I got paid for and I just did some prom pictures last week,” said McSherry.

He’s learned it’s not all smiles with every click.

"It's sometimes difficult, but I made through it,” said McSherry.

As a business minded teen, he has taken his shortcomings and turned them into lifelong skills.

McSherry said, "I've learned good time management skills and to get things done on time."

Perhaps the most important thing he has learned is to invest in his future.

"Working over this summer and last summer I just saved my money up and now I have this newer nicer camera," said McSherry.

As for the money he makes," I'm putting it in my saving account so that I can open up my own studio,” said McSherry.

McSherry's advice to anyone who wants to start a business is simple.

"Enjoy yourself and just have fun while doing it,” said McSherry.