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Meet Katrina Jayne of Katrina Jayne Photography in Westlake Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katrina Jayne.

Katrina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In the winter of 2008, I was a college freshman working towards becoming a lawyer, but then I found myself on a snowboarding trip and could not stop taking photos with my point and shoot camera. On this trip, a friend mentioned to me that their sister was currently attending Brooks, a photography school in Santa Barbara. When I returned home I told my family that I would be changing my path from a Political Science major to a Fine Arts major… it is safe to say that my family and friends thought that I was out of my mind.

I signed up for my first photography class at my local community college and a few weeks into the semester one of my images was selected to be in the gallery show. At the time, it was rare for a freshman to be selected so I took that as a sign that this was the path I was meant for. I impulsively used all of my savings (and had some help from my grandparents) to buy my first camera, applied to attend Brooks Institute, applied for student loans and started packing.

On my first day at Brooks, we went around the room and told the class a little about ourselves. Someone said, they were born with a camera in their hand, others had been shooting since they were children and a few since high school. They all had one thing in common… they always knew they wanted to be a photographer one day. I, on the other hand, did not. It was in that moment that I knew I didn’t fit in. My heart whispered to me that I could do this, but a little voice inside my head was screaming at me to run for my life.

I knew that if I stayed I had to succeed, so I began working as an intern for two photographers in LA while simultaneously going to school. I immersed myself in the photography world and dedicated myself to learning everything and anything about photography. During my time at Brooks, I studied commercial and advertising photography. I second shot for wedding photographers for extra money, but I never thought that I would end up owning my own wedding photography business. After graduating with my BFA, I worked in Los Angeles on magazine shoots, television shows, movies and behind the scenes with one of LA’s top celebrity photographers, but throughout this time I found myself daydreaming about wedding photography. I wanted to own my own business and create powerful images for families to cherish like the ones that I cherish of my loved ones. In the fall of 2013, I made a decision to open my own wedding photography business and have never looked back.

After making the decision to open my own wedding photography business, I still had to pay the bills. I was working full time for a celebrity photographer so I would go to work for her and then after work, I would work from home on my wedding photography business until the early hours of the morning. On weekends, I would shoot weddings and engagement sessions. I did this every day for a year and then I quit my day job and went full time with my own business. I was exhausted and emotionally drained, but full of passion and determined to succeed. I have hustled every single day since and invest my time in getting to know people.

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?
Absolutely not. If an entrepreneur or creative ever tells you that it has been a smooth road, they’re lying. Working 40+ hours a week at my “day job” and then coming home to build my business for hours that poured into the early morning, every single day, took a toll on me. At times, I was burnt out, emotionally and physically exhausted, and wanted to quit, but I made a commitment to myself that I would succeed so I never gave up. I sacrificed time with my family and friends and doing things that wouldn’t help to build my business. I made a lot of mistakes in running my business and photography at first but embraced every mistake as a learning lesson and it made my business, my photography and myself stronger.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Katrina Jayne Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
My business is Katrina Jayne Photography. We are based in Southern California, but travel to wherever weddings take us. We specialize in weddings, engagements, and lifestyle photography for adventure seeking, passionate couples who are crazy about each other. We are most well known for our authentic images with warm tones and golden natural light. We strive to cultivate real relationships with our couples that will allow us to capture the raw, emotion-filled, full of love images that will continue to bring to life the way the felt on their wedding day no matter how many years have passed. We never want our couples to feel like they are strictly a business transaction so we work hard to personalize each couple’s experience from the time they inquire with us until the final delivery. Throughout this process, we naturally build a friendship with our couples so even after the final delivery, our relationship tends to continue.

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