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I started doing photography my senior year of college. I've never taken a class in it and I've only learned by trial and error, YouTube tutorials, and most importantly working with people way better than me. Throughout the years I found my niche with portrait photography.
Within this past year, my business has grown significantly, and I've gone to New York, Athens, and Los Angeles to shoot. I've met amazing people and I am excited to see what the next year holds.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Katie. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a high school math teacher that has a side business in photography. I love photography but I love people more. Being able to produce a product for people that they love, share with others, and are able to keep for a lifetime is one of my greatest joys in life. I love getting to meet people and hear their stories.
Katie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
It wasn't until six years ago when I first stepped behind the camera. It started with a little mini shoot for my friends and has grown into a business. I have grown a lot but I know I have so much more to grow. I met amazing people who have helped me get better along the way. I love art and photography but more importantly, I love the people that I have met along the way. I've had amazing experiences that I will never forget.
Who is your inspiration in life Katie? How do you keep inspired?
God is my number one and my rock. He has shown up in so many aspects of my life and has continuously blown my mind with people and opportunities that have brought into my life.
We all make mistakes Katie, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
When I first started out doing wedding photography I didn't have a contract. I would set up appointments and it would just be via email. One time two weeks before the wedding I reached out to confirm and they informed me that the bride's uncle would be taking the photos instead and that they no longer needed me. I was really looking forward to that opportunity and now it was gone. Since then I have built my contract with a nonrefundable down payment to secure the date. I have learned many things in my career by trial and error.
Katie, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I get a lot of information before the shoot even happens. I try to be very efficient to not waste their time or mine yet still making it a fun experience in for it to not seem rushed. I feel like if you gain respect with your clients throughout the shoot the outcome will be better with the photos and they will more likely be happy with the product.
Please tell us, Katie, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I recently just coming back from Los Angeles I was shooting a number of clients with a friend. We booked two at a time and we tag team and the shoot. I would shoot a model for 25 minutes they would change and then we would switch models. The model got to Luxe and we each got to shoot the model with a different outfit so our photos were not the same. We scheduled then back to back for the entire morning. The models were all wonderful in the product came out great.
Katie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
When doing a shoot with a client I am very verbal throughout the process. I like to tell the models what I'm doing behind the camera to give them a feel of how the pictures going to work. A lot of time they have suggestions on poses or locations and I point out to them how lighting may be poor, the background won't deliver what they want, or that the lighting is just not right. If you're verbal in the beginning they will understand more than getting the photo and not liking it. More often than none the client realizes they're blind spots and trust me to continue the process the way I need to deliver great photos.
Katie, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My product moment as a pataca for weather when I got to go to Athens and shoot three local girls. I reached out to a photographer or you got me in contact with these models. There was a language barrier for sure but somehow it all communicated well by smiles, follow the leader, and laughter. The product was great and all three models love the photos. I not only had an amazing shoe but I need an experienced needing these three ladies.
Katie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Son of my favorite shoes are the ones that aren't paid. That allows me to do what I want, pick a location that I choose, and a model that I would like to shoot. I recently came back from Los Angeles and I got to do test shoots while there. I got to you Santa Monica and Venice Beach as locations and use backdrops that I'm not used to while living in Kansas. It was an amazing shoot.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
I would tell them to never be afraid to reach out to people that are better than them to want to learn from them. A lot of people think they need to be great at the beginning and that's impossible. It's important to just keep shooting even when you feel discouraged. Don't be so focused on the number of followers or the amount of business coming in and lose touch with why have you even started photography in the first place. When people are passionate and driven about what they're doing people will gravitate towards that and you'll get a following.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I would love to work with models and hair makeup artist and shoot Fashion or commercial photography.
Now for the best part Katie! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Katie Meserko@kmeserko