We had the good fortune of connecting with Katelyn Louise Photography and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katelyn Louise Photography, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I never considered myself a “risky” person, but when I look back at the decisions and sacrifices I made to create Katelyn Louise Photography, I see that risks are a necessary part of dream making. From a young age, I had a camera in my hand taking pictures of anything and everything I could. It seems I never grew out of this, but instead refined it through years of practicing and experimenting, as well as classes and education. It’s not so risky to enjoy a passion, but the risk comes when you choose to invest and share your passion with the world. Not only do you need a higher caliber of equipment, but you are putting yourself out there to be seen and evaluated by anyone who sees your page or chooses to hire you. I think it’s important to realize that risks are not only monetary, but also emotional. In school, I knew photography was always going to be a part of who I was and I knew I needed to step up my equipment in order to truly move my aspirations forward. This led me to taking a loan out to purchase a camera. That was a big risk for a student! I have never regretted that decision and I have never regretted putting myself and my work out in the public eye. You’d be surprised how many kind-hearted supporters will go out of their way to encourage you! Risks are necessary for innovation and progression of your dreams. Not every risk will be successful, but if you truly desire your dream to come true, every risk will be worth it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My desire is that my photographs would be vibrant, authentic, natural, and fun. I want to celebrate each person I photograph and I want that energy to come through in the images! Color is so beautiful to me! I’ve learned that everyone sees with different eyes. That being said, not everyone is going to like how you edit your images but what’s most important is that you stay true to your personality and that you stay proud of your art. There will always be people out there who will see and appreciate it just like you do! Stay true to yourself and don’t feel the pressure to blend in with trends.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh boy! So many options in Georgia. I love both the city and the country, and secretly I am quite the nerd about marine biology. That being said, I would probably tour the aquarium, find a fun lunch place that I haven’t been to, and find some nature to explore. I love Frozen Cow Creamery for ice cream too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Friends and family of mine have really been my sources of support! I am thankful for my high school which offered a photography class to help me understand the foundations of photography. I am most thankful for my clients, who I would rather call friends, who have shared and celebrated this journey with me! So much and so many people to be thankful for! I could never have done it on my own.
Katelyn Louise Photography