I listen to a lot of podcasts and read a lot of books, mostly by female business owners. I've noticed that a lot of the most successful women in the world started their journey because something was taken from them or someone told them they couldn't succeed.
And it lit a fire in them to prove them wrong.
Other successful business owners had their idea for their business come to them when they were doing something they enjoyed and simply observed how something was missing and they knew how to make that process easier, quicker, better. These women didn't go to Harvard or Yale and they didn't have a fancy list of reasons why they could do what they were doing. They saw a need and figured out how to meet that need.... from within themselves.
They observed. They listened. They were aware.
And then they acted. They did internships, started a small business out of their home, they took small steps every day to get to where they are now. (Which is freakin rich!)
I shot a corporate event in Atlanta today. I got up at 4:30am, left the house by 5:30am to make it to downtown ATL by 8am. I had my gear on, ready to shoot and was talking lenses with my friend and mentor, James. He was the one who hired me to shoot this gig with him and he always brings an extra camera body and lens that I don't have so that I can practice. We were swooning over our 85mm lenses and he stops and says "Do you know how far you've come since I first met you?"
I stopped and fought back tears as I said "YES! I do!"
I met James in 2016 when I was shooting my husand's uncle's wedding in Jefferson, Ga. I was shooting a medium sized camera body, I only had two lenses but they were my go-to's. We instantly hit if off as he offered several lenses for me to shoot with to try out for fun during slow times. I learned so much just in the few hours we worked together. I have met a hundred videographers in my day, but James and his family have literally took me under their wing and ha...
Photographers are a unique kind of artist. We use our skills to work a camera and in doing so, we simultaneously notice which angles are the most complimentary for our clients, which setting is the best, lighting is best, how to eliminate distractions from our subjects, all while asking our client questions about themselves or getting them to open up and relax. The math we do in our heads to create the perfect exposure while trying to get our clients to laugh at us is truly incredible. And the fact that we are able to do so while creating priceless keepsakes for families makes our job very meaningful.
Now take the most challenging client you currently work with. Is that client worth the time and energy and frustration spent dealing with them? Is that client your people or is that client distracting you from treating your best clients, your people, with the utmost attention? Chances are, if it's your most challenging client, then they are causing you stress and self doubt and it's not wo...
What you focus on is what will happen. So focus on your dream.
This saying was on someone's Insta feed recently and I had to write it down. "Focus" has been one word that has appeared in conversations, emails, texts recently and so I'm making it one of my words for the new year. I am WAY too easily distracted and I over anyalyze every little thing. So focusing on my dream and letting go of the trivial things the old Katie obsessed about will serve me well.
My heart for this new year is something that's been churning inside of me since my eye injury in September. My experience in Texas was one I'll never forget. I was on cloud 9 before my injury. I had met my goal for year by September, had watched so many exotic animals run free throughout the desert, got to hunt with Mitch and by myself, got to shoot cacti for days, watched the stars for hours. It was such a freeing experience. Then I got a corneal ulcer and experienced the most pain to date. We came home early and I fought, prayed, be...
Our Wild Woman launch is this Sunday. I've had this dream blooming in my heart for almost a year now. It's hard to put one title to it. It's hard to put it into words. This concept is something I've experienced personally and am still learning daily. But this started with the sadness of hearing my photography clients time and time again make derogatory comments about themselves before, during and after photo sessions. They weren't commenting on my ability as a photographer, but their appearance as a human.
"Can you photoshop my double chin, my spare tire, my rolls, my wrinkles? Can you make me look 20 lbs lighter?"
We are too hard on ourselves. And at the same time, we don't give ourselves the focus and grace we deserve.
When you were little, there was something wild, untamed inside of you that the world hadn't influenced yet. Now, instead of seeing yourself as the warrior you once did, you see yourself and instinctively say how fat you look or how you hate your double chin.
This was the first of many. And I'm looking for more wild women to join me on this adventure. If your hobbies are more than shopping at Target and sipping on Starbucks, then you, my dear, are a Wild Woman. I'm looking for women who live boldly and unapologetically.
Do you keep chickens? Do you dance? Do you own horses? Do you volunteer? Do you garden or are an herbalist? I would love to book a Wild Woman session to capture you doing what you love most.
This particular wild woman is my friend, Frances.
She is a wife, mother and artist and she particularly loves to paint birds.
She loves to collect birds nests, bones and skulls, feathers of all kinds, dried flowers and seed pods and other things found in nature that she thinks are both interesting and beautiful.
Frances has very few restrictions on life, she connects things that I would rarely put together, and she finds beauty and possibility in the scarcest places.
Frances' beauty isn't like the kind you see on ne...
I'm so excited to share this guest blog with you! My friend just sent me this and now I get to share it with you! Enjoy! -Katie
My friend Katie is a phenomenal photographer. I know she thinks she's just getting established and has a lot to learn - we all do. Part of our creative process is learning our craft, expanding our skillset, and pushing ourselves to be better. We never really stop doing any of those things. I wish she could see her work through my eyes, because I think she is already a master of her art.
I'm not here to write about photography per se, but the self-esteem required to be confident in yourself is an underlying theme shared between my perception of Katie's work and the reason for this article.
We attended a Lady Boss meeting last week with local self-employed women. Most of us are makers as well as entrepreneurs. Everyone at the meeting was extremely encouraging and supportive of one another. All were enthusiastic about each speaker's presentation, and feedback was fr...
Last week I shot my first boudoir session. I have a newfound respect for boudoir photographers. Both my friend and I were exhausted after shooting for two hours. It's all about the angles and the perfect balance between light and shadows. I'm learning to embrace shadows, the dark makes the light that much more powerful.
"The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will." -Amy Tenney
Every woman was once a confident, quirky little girl with the world at her fingertips. And somewhere between then and now, that confidence took a beating. Every woman possesses beauty. The filter in which that beauty is interpreted has been made dingy by society's definition of the word "beauty", but remove that dinginess from your lens and every single woman on the face of this earth possesses beauty. And that's where I can play a part in helping women to see what I see, what God sees and...
About a month ago, I started booking for fall photos and about a month ago, I started getting a lot of emails with the same question: what to wear?
I am not an expert fashionista. I am only a photographer. But here are some tips that I've shared with my clients and I hope it will help you plan your upcoming photo shoot! (No pressure, it's just your Christmas card photo!)
1. No White. No Black.
I recommend that colors be used for fall photos. And if you choose to do light or dark colors, choose an ivory or cream or gray instead of black and white. My camera just isn't a fan of black and white.
2. Try Not To Match Perfectly.
I know the trend of all white shirts was popular a while back, but what works best with my style of photography is a palette of similar or complementary tones, not exact matching colors. When planning a photo session for my family, I typically find the dress or outfit that I like and fits me best. It typically has a subtle pattern, whether floral or flannel, and I will ch...
Growing up, I loved all things tea parties because it was fun and it was also a place where the imagination grabbed the reins and made each new moment unlike the last.
I also have always been drawn to books, movies, stories with a strong female lead. (I read Jane Eyre in the 5th grade and since then have been a huge Jane Austen fan!)
So partnering with my fun-loving friend, Dannielle, went so smoothly because not only did we get to support each other in our advertising, booking and return clients, but we got to work together to make this experience fun and successful for everyone. She brought her entire Matilda Jane collection for women and kids to wear during the photo session. I had such a great time doing these sessions that I realized helping a fellow at-home mother's business is something I'm very passionate about right now. Working from home and raising children and taking care of a home and being a good wife isn't easy! I'm living it- so I know first hand how crazy managing a b...