Featured Friday | Katie Jeanne Photography

This week’s featured photographer is Katie, from Katie Jeanne Photography 
Check out her interview!

What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
I love nothing more than to capture true emotion. Photography is my way of bottling those feelings and affections that my mind, no doubt, will forget. Guess you could say that I’ve had a mad love for the art since my senior year in high school. Back in the day, I would spend hours in the darkroom rocking out to “one headlight”, and gaining an honest respect for the magical process that in the end leaves us with a moment frozen in time. That being said, my boys are the reason I took the leap and dove head first into learning everything my brain could soak up about it, and I still have only scratched the surface. I decided to officially become a “photographer” (although I still don’t feel deserving of the fancy title) in March of 2010, as I could imagine nothing sweeter than being able to capture moments for those who saw my work and wanted more.

How would you describe your photography style?
Real life.

What kind of camera do you shoot with?
Canon 5D Mark II

What is your favorite lens?
50 1.2

What are a few things you wish you would have known when starting your own business?
Hmmmmm… There are a lot of things I wish I would have known when starting out. The biggest thing that I wish I would have recognized beforehand is that I am not a business woman! As crazy as it sounds, I really knew nothing about the business aspect of having my own business! Luckily, I have had a ton of guidance from some pretty amazing women along the way. Not only have they helped me with the business end of things, but we have all grown together and encouraged each other along the way. Not just photographically speaking either. I am definitely blessed to call them my friends.

What do you find is the best way to promote your photography business?
Word of mouth. Happy clients are golden!

What is your most favorite photo you have ever taken and why?
My favorite photograph to date is one of my youngest Son peering out the window of an old, and I mean vintage, bus. This shot was not planned, and he just happened to be wearing the American Flag over his heart that evening.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
-Ronald Reagan

What tip would you give aspiring photographers?
Shoot, shoot, shoot! Bring your camera with you EVERYWHERE!! I mean it. The more you practice and use that thing the better. Oh – and shoot what you love!!

What is your favorite photography quote?
“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

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