TGIF guys!!!!! As promised earlier this week, here is the first Featured Photog Friday blog. I’m so excited to start this series for you guys. The list of photographers I like is endless. However, I don’t think there is any better way to start this series off, than featuring some of my photographer friends first. Maybe later I can add some photogs that I admire from a distance and haven’t met. But first I want you guys to take a peek at the ones I’m so glad to call friends. First up for you guys is my friend Katie! She took some time to answer the questions I emailed her so you can get to know her a little bit! We first met when I messaged her on Facebook after seeing her work and asked her if she wanted to meet for coffee. The rest is history. 🙂
Her work is absolutely stunning and dreamy.
Here you go, this is Katie!
Tell me a little bit about yourself: Where are you from? What are a few favorite things you can’t live without?
Hi! My name is Katie, and I’m the owner of Katie Mary Photography. My roots are forever in Minnesota, but I’ve lived a bunch of places along the way. I’ve lived in North Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and now here in SD. I’ve been here for almost 8 years now and it’s making its mark for the longest place I’ve lived my whole life. There’s a lot I feel I couldn’t live without, but a few of my favorite things would obviously be my camera.. my two children, coffee, and my lipstick.. 😉
How long have you been a photographer? What’s in your camera bag?
I have been a licensed photographer for a little over two years now. I mainly shoot with my 35 mm 1.4, & my 50 mm 1.4. This allows me to capture my images in a story telling way – which is my ultimate goal.
Who are some of your favorite photographers? What draws you to their work?
Honestly I have a lot. There’s many local photographers in the area who I just adore for many different reasons. I love the community that I feel with them, and the willingness to always help out if needed. Jennifer Norrick for capturing the best birth photos I’ve ever seen, Allyssa Crawford for being the baby whisperer, & Cadey & Henry for killing it at Weddings. I also love Myrtle & Moss Photography – Her work is like none I’ve ever seen before, and inspires me to keep pushing until I can think that about my own work
What influences other than photographers are some of your favorites? Artists, writers, music?
Can I just say country music? To me, country music is love and the most important thing I try to capture during my sessions. Sometimes i’ll play some country music to help them loosen up and provoke intimate interactions among each other.
What kind of photo sessions do you offer clients? Which are your favorite and why?
I offer family sessions, mountain + in home boudoir, and weddings. My absolute favorite would have to be family sessions with young children involved. I love the beautiful chaos that arises and being able to capture memories that are too soon forgotten about.
What made you want to be a photographer? What inspires you to create the beautiful images you give your clients?
I’ve always had a love for taking photos, but it wasn’t until my son was born that the passion really lit fire. I just enjoyed following him around with a camera in hand and capturing the little moments throughout the day that I would think “man, i’d probably forget about these small details if I wasn’t capturing them.” From him trying to apply my lipstick, or blowing dandelions and getting the fuzz stuck to his lips, to the love he gave his grandma or daddy. I just didn’t want to miss a beat. Being able to take a photo that tells a story is what inspires me to take the photos that I do. Having those memories for a lifetime is really priceless.
What is the most important thing to you when working with clients?
The most important thing for me would have to be making sure everyone feels comfortable and is having fun. If those two things are lacking, so will your photos.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would say my photography style would have to be warm, loving, with a hint of moodiness going on.
What’s your advice for someone who wants to do be a photographer?
KEEP TRYING. Honestly push yourself more every day until you are creating the images that make your heart happy. With so many photographers in the world, it can be easy to lose yourself in the process.. but as long as you are staying true to yourself, you’ll attract the right people for your business.
Where do you see yourself, your work, and your business 5 years from now?
It has been amazing that I’ve been able to support myself & my two kids off of photography alone. But in the next 5 years, I want to be able to do so much more than just “support” us. Most importantly, I just want to keep creating beautiful images that make my clients happy.
Week 1 of the Featured Photog Friday Blog Series for you right here!!!! If you guys want to get in touch with Katie, check out the links below. You can find her on Instagram: @katiemaryphotography and on Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/katiemaryphotography/
If you want to check out more of her work, hit up her website: https://www.katiemaryphotography.com/investment
Look for another photog friend of mine next Friday peeps!!! 🙂