BEHIND THE LENS
Katie is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and she is A professional Family photographer and business educator
WHAT IS IN YOUR CAMERA BAG?
Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 50mm (and backups for each!) and lens hood - I keep it minimal! :)
WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
Various Online Courses for professional photographers, Brand Partnerships, and Limited family photography sessions
GIVE ME YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH.
I am a professional photographer and educator who is passionate about helping other small business owners create successful and sustainable businesses through online courses and mentorships. I also run a home DIY and lifestyle blog.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
When I was 17, my family adopted two baby girls from China, and it rocked my world. The Lord used it to ignite a passion in me for international missions and orphan outreach, and I decided I wanted to use my photography skills to work with various mission groups around the world. I went on to major in Fine Art Photography at Baylor University and spent time in Asia, Africa, and Western and Eastern Europe doing just that. While doing this, I also started my own photography business in the US and fell in love with photographing families and little ones. It was through this that I developed a passion for all things business and helping others succeed as too often there is more focus placed on the photography side and not enough focus on the business side!
IF YOUR BRAND AND/OR BUSINESS HAD A PERSONALITY, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?
Professional, Intentional, Loving
WHO ARE YOUR BUSINESS HEROS?
Donald Miller for sure! His books and podcast have truly transformed my business!
Share 3 adjectives that describe you personally.
Driven, Efficient, Focused (Obviously, I'm an enneagram 3 haha)
SHARE 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE.
Light, Real, Consistent
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM CLIENT.
My dream client is very simple: It is the mama who wants real moments captured of her family and has 100% trust in me and my work, which allows her to sit back, relax, and let me take the reins! :)
Describe the primary feeling/message you want your clients to experience when interacting with your business.
I want my clients to feel well taken care of, like all of their questions are answered before they even think to have the questions. I want them to feel and know they are working with a professional business from their first email to final gallery delivery. It is my goal that each and every client feels appreciated, spoiled, and like they are my only client for the year.
WHAT Year was your first paid session and how much did you charge for it?
It's hard to remember as I started my business 12 years ago; however, I want to say it was around $200!
WHAT ONE ACTION CAUSED YOU TO SEE THE MOST GROWTH IN YOUR BUSINESS?
Being intentional with each and every client and giving them a client experience they couldn't help but talk about!
How did you know when to "quit your day job" and go full-time with photography?
I went full-time with photography from day one. I've never had a corporate job. :)
WHEN DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU "MADE IT" AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
When I realized I had created a business that allowed me to support my husband and myself while also putting him through law school - debt free!
What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you started your business?
You are a BUSINESS OWNER first. Photographer second.
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSE?
Education: My purpose is to help those who feel defeated and lost and point them in the right direction to take their business to whatever heights they want it to be.
Photography: I want to create images that make people FEEL. I want to capture the beautiful fleeting moments of young families for them to pass down through generations.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS?
Juggling all the things (in conjunction with motherhood).
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Bluebell Butter Pecan!
What is the thing you're most likely to end up in jail for?
NOTHING. I'm a major rule follower. :)
If you would like more information on Katie's services please visit her website
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