Today we’d like to introduce you to Kait McKay.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In a nutshell…I chose passion. I chose happiness. I went off-trail and forged my own path.
It was in my home state of Massachusetts where my passion for photography began at a very young age. Remember the days when you couldn’t instantly see the photos you’d just taken but there was trusty one-hour photo printing? Well, I do. My mom would dash me to CVS after every event (even field trips as a kid) because I’d be beyond excited and always anxious to see my images. I didn’t know it then but that fire and excitement I had back then for capturing a moment and documenting a memory led me to where I am today.
As the steadfast communicator that I’ve always been I decided to pursue Communications in college. While I took photography courses, I obtained a BA in Public and Corporate Communications and upon graduating began working in the public relations field. I was lucky enough that my first post-college job was with a small PR company with a photojournalism aspect. It was then in 2008-2009 that I professionally began serving nonprofits, businesses and individuals’ photographic needs as a photo mentee and eventually on my own.
Throughout my PR career, I have had the opportunity to tell rich, worthwhile and engaging stories through the written word and through my visual art. From that small PR company to a fast-growing PR agency, between media relations services and capturing clients’ events and stories, without realizing it I was creating a niche for myself: a full-service photographer with a keen insight into the world of PR and photojournalism. In the beginning of 2016 I made a bold move and left my thriving, full-time PR career and began Kait McKay Photography. I’ve been happily providing event, portrait, family and food photography services to businesses, nonprofits, individuals and families since. And, with my strong background in PR and a proven track record for success in the field, I have been selectively offering a unique package of photography and public relations services to my clients.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Throughout my PR career I had struggles with work-life balance and with bouts of anxiety. There just weren’t enough hours in the day.
With Kait McKay Photography the struggle is different. As any other small business owner can likely attest to, struggle comes with owning and growing a business. As a people pleaser, for me struggle came with having tough conversations and learning to say no… about pricing, scope, unrealistic turnaround times for finished products, etc.
I am constantly learning and growing. I don’t see my struggles as a negative anymore. Sure, some feats are harder than others but once you climb the mountain and see the view from the top it makes the journey worth it. As a “glass half full” person, I see struggle as an opportunity for reflection and growth – to learn something new about myself and grow my business.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Kait McKay Photography provides exceptional photography services to businesses, nonprofits, individuals and families. From event photography and head shots to food photography to capturing special occasions and family portraits, Kait McKay Photography strives to deliver quality, compelling imagery while providing an excellent customer service experience.
I am known for my authentic style of capturing images that tell stories as well as for my enthusiasm and work ethic. I am most proud of the fact that I have happy, return clients and consistent customer referrals. As a newer business, I have not had a lull in work yet. That is something I am proud of. My parents raised me well and I believe in addition to my creative photo offerings, my character, drive to excel and friendly demeanor often set me a part from my competition. There are many talented photographers but being genuine and kind have proven to be a strength and a selling point for new and returning customers.
Another competitive strength of mine is capturing photography for media use including understanding media requirements, deadlines and overall needs.
What were you like growing up?
I was very social and active growing up. I loved spending time with my friends, including a specific group who I am proud to say are still my best friends to this day (25+ years later!). I grew up in the suburbs of Massachusetts so we spent a lot of time outside (when the weather would allow) riding bikes, swimming and exploring in the woods. I also danced and did cheerleading for a long time and loved both activities. Dance took me to the Bahamas and cheerleading took me to London.
I also loved taking photos, music, Cape Cod, seafood, travel and shoes. These all remain true to this day.
- Website: www.kaitmckayphotography.com
- Phone: 949-933-0768
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kaitmckayphotography
- Facebook: @kait mckay photography