My Dreams {Louisville Family Photographer}

Okay so here it goes…my hopes and dreams as a photographer…

Dream #1: To be mentored by Liz Labianca. I could not have even made it this far without the inspiration I received just from following her work. She constantly shares words of wisdom to all aspiring photographers and challenges me daily with her amazing shots. I want to be as amazing as her…could it happen by this time next year?? Perhaps…I know the biggest key is to never think you’ve mastered all there is to master. I have so much to learn and lots of room to grow! I hope we can save enough for me to have the opportunity to talk to her one-on-one…that would be so completely AMAZING!

Dream #2: To make enough profit from my photography sessions to be able to SAVE money again. Knowing we want to have more children and hopefully adopt one day, saving is essential! We know our future will be in ministry, so we will never be rich =) but we want to have enough to go on dates without feeling guilt, be able to give to people who are in need, and save for everything our kiddos will need in the future. I have invested A LOT this year including buying my awesome D700 (used of course) and this website. Everything I have made from sessions has gone back into investing. I am now hoping to put a pause on investments and begin saving. However, to make this possible I need clients!! It may not seem like it, but I am just barely struggling along with client flow. There are so many awesome photographers out there who are already established and because of this, it’s difficult to build a new business. I need clients! And I’m not afraid to admit it. I hope that families will continue to see my worth as I grow and learn on this journey. I am so thankful for friends who have helped me make it this far by booking sessions and referring me to others. Thank you!

Dream #3: To deliver beautiful, timeless images to my clients that make their hearts overflow with joy. That may sound a bit cheesy, but this is how I felt the first time we had our photos taken professionally after Tessa was born. At that time, I had very dim (secret) hopes of becoming a photographer. The moment I saw our photos, I knew this is what I wanted to do for other families. I still look at our framed, 16×20 family photo from October 2011 with pride and joy. It brings back so many memories of being new parents and being totally in love with our baby girl. I want to deliver the same feelings to my clients!

Dream #4: To stay affordable for all families. This will mean not having my prices rise each year as my client base grows. My current prices are my prices for the foreseeable future. I do not feel like they are too high, in fact they are much lower than many photographers out there, and there are also some you can find that are cheaper. BUT I thought long and hard about what I felt like my work was worth and what I felt could be affordable for all families. This is where my price list came from. It was most definitely not a snap decision, and I always hope my potential clients will know and respect that.

Dream #5: Okay, so this is dreaming VERY big. But one day I hope to have an in-home studio. I say this is very big because we would have to have a house large enough to have room for the studio AND our family. Plus, lots of great windows for natural light. This dream is years down the road…but I may as well put it in writing!

Dream #6: To shoot 4 weddings a year. I LOVED shooting the June wedding this past summer, and look forward to shooting another this month, but my passion will always be families. That being said, I would love to be able to offer 4 wedding spots a year and have brides actually interested in booking me =) In reality, there are so many established photographers in this city that this may not be feasible for me. But it’s still a hope!

Dream #7: To win an I Heart Faces monthly challenge. I just really REALLY want to. My hubby knows how discouraged I get each month after I am NOT one of the 10 (out of 500ish) photographers who win the challenge. But it does challenge me to keep going, keep learning, keep improving. I’ve come so far in 1 year, so there is no telling what another year will bring!

Dream #8: Last but not least, I hope to always remember how many friends and family have helped me get to where I am today. I am no one important or magnificent in the photography community, but I have gone from “Can I PLEASE take your photos to build a portfolio?” to actually knowing what I am doing and where I hope to be. With each session I learn something new about myself and about photography. With each edit, I discover past mistakes and what I want to deliver as a photographer now. I see how far I have to go, but I also see how far I have come. I could not have done without the wonderful, loving, supportive people around me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for believing in me. With that being said, I want to offer the same to aspiring photographers or just parents who want to take better photos of their kiddos. My hope is that my heart stays humble and I stay ready and willing to teach and support others. I never want to say, “Don’t you think there are enough photographer’s in the world?” but, “Come with me into the world of light, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO-let me show you what I know and what you can capture from the world around us!” I want to be a believer, not a dream shunner. That’s not a word, but you know what I mean…

Those are a few of my dreams! I have said them aloud and declared them to the few people who actually read my blog posts =) Thank you for listening and for believing! I couldn’t be anywhere without you.

Kara

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