I am SO glad you’re here, looking to grow and learn and level UP in your business. Let’s get straight to it!
This job is the absolute bee’s knees. We get to be there for people’s biggest and sweetest moments, and build genuine friendships along the way. THAT is what drew me into this art- the connectedness. The passion. The rawness and realness. That’s what makes our images so beautiful, isn’t it?
HOWEVER- the process of building a successful photography business depends on countless other facets: marketing, workflow, posing, lighting, attracting/booking clients, consistency, branding, goal setting, and so many others.
I’ve spent 13 years behind my camera, all the while learning effective business tactics, shooting for hundreds of clients and brands, and quitting my day job to pursue what I love full time! In that first year all in, I booked six-figures worth of projects within 9 months. Do I know it all? Nope. Do I have tons of knowledge and experience to share? Sure do!
I’m an open book, y’all. I just L O V E what I do, and would love nothing more than to help create success and growth for YOU.
FOUNDER OF PHOTO KC
Picked up my first camera as editor in chief of our high school newspaper, practiced on family, friends and anyone who would let me!
I was asked to shoot my first wedding for $1k (big money for a freshman in college)!
I studied YouTube videos for hours, panic bought a cheap flash piece, and ready or not, jumped right in.
Throughout the rest of my college years, I casually shot all sorts of graduation sessions, headshots, and a couple other weddings for close friends. It was the perfect side gig, but I was full speed ahead with my Elementary Education degree and career!
Three years in to teaching, I knew it wasn't right. I loved the kids, and felt I was a great educator, but there were so many negatives: terrible work environment, subpar mental health, no motivation to grow or be challenged, inflexible schedule, the list goes on. It was at this point that I knew I needed to start working towards creating a change for myself. Photo KC was born!
After two HARD years of hustle (teaching all day, shooting every evening, editing through the night, and repeat), I had finally matched my teaching income with photography and made the decision to go full time!! And to add the cherry on top, accomplished my first six-figure year with photography work.
Momentum was HIGH, and after a career of primarily family and branding sessions, I took a strong pivot into couples + weddings. I also started offering personal mentorships to other growing creatives in the industry. I was busier than ever and loving every part of growing this business- plus, big dreams for the next year :)
My favorite year of all- I brought on 4 other talented and incredible women alongside me to form the PKC associate team! With this massive step, I've been able to accomplish so many goals at once- creating a supportive and welcoming community to work alongside, serving more couples with the experience they deserve, and shifting my personal work load to one that feels more balanced and flexible. Which, came at the absolute perfect time with the birth of our sweet little J man in December!
BIG changes so far this year- an unexpected opportunity for my husband's work led us to a last minute cross-country move to NYC where we'll be for a couple years. We've grown our PKC team from 4 to 6 associates, are taking on more work than ever, and now I'm currently learning to navigate the challenges of motherhood + entrepreneurship!
Goals for this year are growing the education side of my business to new heights- stay tuned for all sorts of new things!!
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This is a customizable, Q&A style, 2 hour video call to cover whatever you want to know! Ask away, friend! You choose what you’d like us to focus on. Topics typically covered in these sessions include (not limited to):
+ finding your niche & style
+ constructive criticism on website/materials
+ pricing and contracts
+ lightroom editing
+ emails & client interaction
+ camera basics
+ dreaming & goal setting
This is the all-encompassing 4-5 hour session that will cover alllll the things- hands on learning, direct feedback and practice, q&a time, and a built in branding/headshot session! Includes a styled shoot with a couple/family/individual (whatever you’d like to focus on most). We’ll take turns shooting so that you can see how I shoot, pose and direct, and I’ll help you with questions as you shoot and give helpful feedback + suggestions! Afterwards, we’ll go grab coffee/drinks/a bite to eat while we talk through everything you want support in.
You choose what you’d like us to focus on! Topics typically covered in these sessions include (not limited to):
+ Everything listed above in COFFEE & COLLAB session
+ Work and website critique
+ Hands on learning during styled shoot (finding great lighting anywhere, posing and directing, connecting with clients, etc)
+ Workflow efficiency
+ Emails, contracts, materials
+ Marketing & advertising
+ IG tips and tricks
+ Editing feedback (edit images from session together!)
+ Q&A (ask me anything)
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