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A personal “why”

I want to share with you one of my “whys” today.  Why do I do photography and what is keeping me pushing forward in the uphill climb of creating and promoting a business?

Like many photographers, when business gets slow, we might start second guessing ourselves, our work and or our business practices.  In full vulnerability, that is so me today.

I take photos because I LOVE the whole process from finding the perfect location to capturing the perfect light and freezing that heart warming interaction between my subjects for all time.  I love the editing and creating a complete, polished work of art for every image.  I love seeing eyes light up, the gasps, the tears that come when my clients see their session’s photos.  Those are a lot of my reasons why but there’s another one I want to talk about today.  And that is this lady right here:

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My Grandma, Sarah Helen.  My grandma LOVED looking through old photos and reminiscing.  I learn a lot about my family and the life she lived through those hours of sitting with her and looking through the HUNDREDS of photos she had saved all those years.  Even when she couldn’t always remember the names of people, she still had stories to tell about the occasion for the picture.  These are the moments I loved spending with her and really miss now that she’s gone.

When I am an old lady and my grandchildren come over, I want to have boxes of photos and albums to enjoy looking through with them and telling them stories about their mommies growing up and their great grandparents and their crazy great Uncle Kyle.  I look forward to bonding with my girl’s kids over those pictures and passing on moments/traditions that I had and cherished with my own grandma.

So when I am wondering if I am doing the right thing with my life and pursuing my passions in photography, like today,  I remember my grandma and how much she loved reminiscing over her photos.  I think about what an incredible gift it is that I can offer my clients a way to look back on their own memories and pass them down from generation to generation.  It may not seem like a priority investment these days but I guarantee you won’t regret capturing those moments in time to look back on as life moves forward at breakneck speeds and kids grow and family dynamics change.

So that’s one of my whys and I am grateful that even though Grandma has been gone for a while, I still have a piece of her in my heart that I can share that with others and be reminded why I love what I do and why I invest so wholly into my clients and my business.

~Katie

 

 

 

 

 

Get in the frame!

One of the things I want to look back on when my kids are grown is pictures of all of us together.  That means I need to get in the picture frame sometimes too.

I get it.  It’s not always easy and being a photographer it’s especially hard to get in front of the camera so I HAVE to make a conscious effort to put myself there.

Investing in professional photos is such a worthy investment because life runs at the speed of light with my kids and I swear they change in the blink of an eye.  When I am old and my kids are off living their beautiful lives,  I want to be able to sit down and look back at my life through pictures and remember my kids at every stage of their growing up years and relive those beautiful moments and enjoy the feelings they bring me.

Sure, getting pictures done is an investment in time and finances, but the payback is high.  Having stunning photos to reminisce over and share with future generations is SO worth it.  And bonus, someone does all that hard work for you and you get to sit back and enjoy the experience.  I myself, have a family session scheduled for my family this summer and I am so looking forward to having beautiful pictures that capture my girls at this moment in time and how much we love being together as a family.

I challenge you Mommas, get in the frame!  Whether it’s a cellphone snapshot or professional pictures, no-make up and pjs or dressed to the nines!  Our children and grandchildren will cherish those images long after were gone.

So this is me getting in the frame with my girls!  Guiding my husband through all the steps to capture this even after I got the settings adjusted makes me SO glad I have a professional doing them for us this summer.  But regardless of the effort to get this picture, it’s one of my favorites and I am so glad I got in front of the camera.

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Sweet Valentines!

I am teaming up with Palouse Candy to bring you something sweet this valentines day!  More details are coming this week so stay tuned!

Coming SOON!

Updates!

I realize it’s been a while since my last post but I have a very good reason.  In August, we brought a new little lady home to our family.  The tiny but mighty miss Novalee!  It was a rough pregnancy and I ended up on a modified bed rest then she came early via an unexpected c-section so I have had my hands full with recovery and all things new baby.  Meet our precious Novalee!

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While I was on that bed rest, I stayed busy because I have some business goals to meet!  I started working on my new website and I am so excited to have it almost ready to launch into the cyber world.  I have already got my Facebook Page up and running and I set up a private online gallery viewing for my future clients.  So, while I haven’t be doing a lot of picture taking I have been busy behind the scenes getting the business side organized and off the ground.

I am so excited for all the new things I have been working on to launch my business and make it user friendly and engaging for my clients.  Stay tuned ’cause I got some fun stuff coming up!  In the mean time follow me on Facebook at Flights of Time Studios to see what I am up to on a daily basis.

 

What’s Happening at Flights of Time

After my youngest hit about 12 months our lives took on a busy season.  We decided to build a house and that become priority 1 for the next 12 months or so.  I only picked up my camera on request and have taken very few pictures of the girls together and Ianna has only about a half of the age documentation that Emmie did by 2.5.

So now that were moved in to our new house, I am ready to start picking things up again.  I also decided I wanted to get serious and actually start a photog business.  I have a mentoring group lined up and have been taking courses to learn my camera better and all the things that go along with being a photographer. So I have set a few goals this year.
My primary goal is to set-up and officially launch my business by January 2018.
I also want to get at least 3 paying sessions this year to help support the cost of my business start up.

I am very excited to be moving this direction and can’t wait to share what I capture with my followers.

I have taken some pictures of my girls using some of the techniques and editing methods I have learned in the last week.

Kinslow Family

This is the Kinslow family.  They have been a part of our lives for a very long time.  I met Laura when she was 2 yrs old.  She has since become my sister, my buddy, my partner in crime. Her mom Linda was a very special friend to my Grandma in the last few years of Grandma’s life. This family holds a very dear place in our hearts and I was thrilled (even at 6:30 on a Saturday morning!) to be able to capture this flight of time when they all happened to be in the same place at the same place. 

WSU Raptor Club Tour

I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the raptors at WSU last spring.  I got some amazing images of these beautiful birds.  All of them have been injured to the point they would not survive in the wild.  Their injuries range from broken wings that healed incorrectly from events like being hit by vehicles, some have been shot by humans, some have been poison…intentionally or accidentally.  All the birds that come through the program are attempted to mend and release back into the wild but that is not always possible.  
The Raptor Club takes care of these magnificent creatures and I highly encourage you to learn more about them at  http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/academic-programs/clubs/raptors
They give tours from time to time and it’s absolutely fascinating seeing these animals up close and hearing their individual stories.  We learned a lot.
The image with my daughter holding a painting was actually done by the raptor on the handlers arm.  They give the birds animal safe paint and let them paint on a sheet of paper.  They enter them into a silent raffle at the Vet Med’s annual open house.  We won this particular one done by “Dakota” so we had to get her picture with her artwork.   
Next Open House April 8, 2017
 

Animals

I am not exactly a huge nature buff, however, I do love animals and when I get spectacular images of them it makes me giddy.  Here are a few pics I have taken of animals (and some rain covered grass) over the last year that I especially love.  
The dog is Butler, my aunt’s  American Border Collie.  I love how happy he looks in this picture.
  The horses and mules are a collection of my aunt’s animals and the governments animal’s.  My aunt works for the forest service in Idaho.   The horses and mules pictured are used for packing supplies and people up into the mountains for various jobs such as to aid in trail maintenance where motorized vehicles cannot get access.
Now the beach cowboy…I have no idea who that is but I thought it turned out to be a cool picture.  
    

Seaside 2016

I am the family photographer..surprise!  At any family event I usually have my camera in hand and taking the family photos and many many candid pictures.  Seaside is usually an annual trip for the Espinor side of the family.  So the following will be a few pictures from our trips to Seaside OR.  I selected more of my artistic images as not to bore you all with the dreaded “family trip slideshow” montage (except I threw in a couple of my daughter and nephew’s Dr. Seuss cake smash we did to celebrate their 1st birthday while we were in Seaside because they are too stinkin cute.  I even made those cakes!).

Medical School Graduation and Party

My sister-in-law DR. Tina Lierman graduated from  Med School last year.  I almost missed it because I had a surprise appendectomy just days before, however, I am so glad I didn’t miss witnessing a momentous occasion.  Here are just a few of the pics I took on her graduation day.  The party was at Amadeus in Portland OR. which was an interesting old house converted to restaurant, hence the random music pics towards the end.

Newborn Micah

One of my dearest friends from college had a little boy about a year ago.   I did a newborn shoot for them and apparently forgot to upload it here.  So here it is!  It is amazing to see how much I have grown in newborn photography since my first one.  It was also my first little boy newborn session.

David & Amy 1/28/2017

When I was asked to do David and Amy’s wedding, I was actually really excited.  I was so pleased with how the first wedding I did turned out that I couldn’t wait to try another.  I learned a lot the first time around and how to manipulate images in Lightroom to fix errors and create art.    This time I did a little bit of research on the location and types of wedding pictures taken there.  Most were kinda boring so  I was excited to try some new ideas I had for posing.  I also tried renting equipment for the first time which turned out to be a really great experience and will likely use lensrentals.com again in the future until I can afford to build my own lens collection.  In short the day was fun, super fast and I would have LOVED another hour with the bride and groom to experiment but time was flying so I literally caught Flights of Time on this wedding.  

I am pretty pleased with how it all turned out.  I hope you enjoy browsing through these images as much as I enjoyed creating them.