I'm so excited to have Kate as our final guest poster! I recently stumbled across her website and fell in love with her photography and eye for design. Kate generously accepted my invitation to share her love of photography with all of you, even in the midst of the arrival of a new baby! Thank you so much Kate!

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How did your love of photography begin? 

My love of photography began in my first "intro to film" class in high school.  I loved being in the darkroom, seeing what I saw through the lens come to life.  It was magic. 

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DId you find that there was a learning curve to photography when you first started, or did it come naturally?

I guess I'm a bit backwards when it comes to photography - I can usually see the finished product in my head, and then try to recreate what I see with the resources around me.  There is definitely a learning curve as far as shooting manually and getting a desired "look" in post-processing, though I'd have to say trying to capture people and children in a realistic way was something I've always felt was a strength. 

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What are some of the top things you have done to improve your photographic skills? 

 Keep shooting.  That's it.  Take photos.  Over and over and over.  There are so many rolls of film, files on harddrives, (and a majority of it wasn't that great, either!) but, what I've learned has helped me the most was to constantly keep my camera with me and to keep practicing.
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What was the hardest shoot you have ever done and why? 

  The hardest shoot I've ever done was commissioned work for a friend's clothing company.  There was a two year old and an eight year old as models, and we had to keep them constrained on a backdrop - it was so hard!  It took a lot of creativity and gentle coaxing.  I definitely do better when I have more space to work, and can give children the freedom to move around.

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Do you feel like you have a definitive style? If so, how would you describe it?

That's tough, I'm not sure if I have a style?  If I did, I believe it would be described as organic, natural, raw.  I shoot primarily with whatever available light I have around me, I am very "hands-off", quiet... I like to observe.  Most of my work lately after having children has been personal, but I think it has continued to refine my craft when I do book the occasional wedding or commissioned shoot.

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How do you find clients that value your work and aesthetic?

    It's an ongoing process, but I love people who share that same relaxed, natural vibe that I try to capture.  A lot of it comes from word of mouth.  I know if I can truly connect with a client, to get to know them, to make conversation and correspond in a friendly way that they remember that.  It's not just the photos that matter, it's the entire experience from start to finish.  People remember those things

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What is your editing process like?

  Editing for me is still something that is constantly evolving, there are many nights I just throw my hands up in the air, exasperated and will look over to my husband and say, "I just don't think this looks right..." it's pretty funny.  I get frustrated, I won't lie.  I love the look of film, so when I'm shooting digitally I will always try to replicate something I get from my Portra400 or 800.  Soft tones, milky light.  A lot of times, I'll start something and need to just set it aside until the morning.  When I get stuck, I usually try to hold off and look at it again with fresh eyes.

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Where do you see your photography heading over the new few years?

  Photography is so important, I hope photos continue to be printed.  With so many places to share and host photos digitally, I am hoping the years continue to offer beautiful print magazines, galleries, and photo books.  It's a challenge even for myself - I've been working on creating photo books for each of my children, taking care to insure they have something tangible to treasure for years to come.