Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Wirth-Lewis.
Kate, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I always loved photography growing up, it was a fun hobby. However, I went to business school and ended up working in the medical field. After working a few years and becoming pretty unhappy, I realized I needed a change. I fell in love with weddings while planning my own in 2012 and I was addicted to wedding blogs. Obsessed with the gorgeous images and beautiful details, I spent all of my spare time reading stories of brides and grooms and admiring the work of all these successful photographers until, one day, I decided I was going to become a wedding photographer. I started Katie Jane Photography, quit my job and haven’t looked back since.
Has it been a smooth road?
My first clients were my friends and family, people that I talked into letting me photograph them. I was doing free sessions to build my portfolio and creating my website from scratch. Basically trying to get my name out there any way I could. My husband and I lived in Dallas at the time, and I reached out to several photographers that I admired and pretty much asked if I could second shoot for them. I was lucky to work with some really talented people in the beginning. My business finally started growing consistently and then we ended up moving to LA. Relocating has created some challenges as well, it sort of felt like starting over, in a way. It’s been a great transition though.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The first time I was published in a major wedding blog was pretty exciting, it’s always a great feeling to be recognized by other people in the industry. Honestly, though, the best feeling is when my clients love their images. The feeling of when a bride and groom tell me they were brought to tears looking through the album or they felt like they were able to relive the entire day, it never gets old.
Tell us more about the struggles you’ve faced along the way.
I think every creative entrepreneur has struggles. In an age of social media, it’s hard not to compare yourself to everyone else and their success. I try to use that comparison as inspiration, it motivates me to learn more and better myself as a photographer.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LA is a wonderful place to be a photographer. This city is so big and diverse with so many different landscapes, the inspiration never ends.
- Website: www.thekatiejanephoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @katiejphoto
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekatiejanephoto/
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