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  • Writer's pictureKatrina Stein

Building a Brand

Updated: Apr 2, 2019

They say good things come to those who wait; or is it to those who work hard?

Rewind to year 2013, when my husband and I were parents for the very first time! The joy we experienced during that journey was like no other that we've felt before. For me, it was literally as if my heartbeat was outside of me, in the form of this precious girl we named Ayla Elizabeth. We had our maternity session, and her newborn photos done by a local photographer (Jennifer Yvonne Photography), who is fantastic, by the way!

But, in the interim of professional photos, I wanted to take some REALLY good pictures of my own. Those tiny moments when a baby grows, go by so fast! I needed to capture every moment that I could, every moment that a professional couldn't be hired for. {Keep in mind, that beyond photography class in High School, the terms ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed or Manual Mode were foreign to me}.

I set out on my quest to purchase my very first DSLR so I could hone in on my amateur photography skills and document the precious life that was growing before our eyes. After a bit of research and suggestions, I settled on the Nikon D3400 from Adorama. (I'm still a Nikon girl today!). It arrived in two days and came with an 18-55mm kit lens. It was incredibly user friendly and did not disappoint. Plus it came with free editing software from Corel! Here are some of my first images.

All of my images were shot in aperture priority mode; but the entrepreneur inside of me needed to learn more. I just HAD to figure out the manual mode settings. The next two years led me in to countless hours of late nights researching, reading, taking online workshops, and always using my camera. There were so many times when my frustration told me to just quit, but my determination wouldn't let me. And here I am today, still rocking this thing! Late nights researching and learning still exist; and they will continue to be part of my workflow as time moves on and new techniques & technologies evolve.

I was not born with a camera in my hand, and photography was not the career that I set out for, but it is the career, and the business that I have fallen so hard for. It is not only a business or career path, it is a Brand, my Brand that I have built from the ground up, and will continue to build on during this journey in life. To say that I love what I do, couldn't be more true.

So, for me, the answer is that good things come to those who work hard.

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