Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Weekly Feature | Katie Gardner Photography

Hey Mama's! We hope you are having a fantastic week! Let me start out with thing I (Allison) really, really love about our industry is the connections we make and have yet to make. Meaning -- each week when The Snappy Mama is so lucky to have photographer's take the time to join us, work with us and judge our weekly themes - we continually get to introduced to new and amazing talent. This week, Katie from Katie Gardner Photography is joining us and we are so glad she is. Consider me (Allison) one of her newest fans --  make sure you go and check out her gorgeous work to see what I am talking about. This week she has picked the theme {through a child's eyes} and we can't wait what everyone comes up with. 

Where do you hail from?
I grew up in upstate New York and met my husband while living in DC.  We have since moved to Madison, WI where we currently raise our two lovely daughters. 

Tell us three things about you, unrelated to photography.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a masters in Art Education.  I taught elementary art before we moved to Madison, which is also when my photography journey really started. 

Early morning is my happy time.  I like to get up before our kiddos, get a workout in, return a few emails, and have my first cup of tea for the day.  Many times once our girls are up, I have to put work on hold but the tea drinking never stops.  

I can’t sit still.  I have hard time not doing three (four) things at once.  My family teases me because I never have “down time” unless I am sleeping.  I like to go, go, go.   

What is your favorite piece of gear you own, or what are you lusting after?
I am currently lusting over (and have been for awhile) a Nikon 24-70mm. *hint hint - hubby ;). 

What are the biggest challenges you have overcome in your photography?
Trusting my own vision.  I was always drawn to more lifestyle images that caught moments rather than posed shots.  I mean who doesn’t love a picture with everyone smiling at the camera, but to me there was more.  I wanted to capture big hugs, sweet kisses, laughter and families just being themselves.  My work now reflects that, and the clients I work with have the same vision and trust me to capture just that.  

What is your best advice you would give yourself if you could go back to the beginning? 
Definitely, to be yourself.  I spent countless hours comparing my work to, and striving to be like, so many other photographers that I admire.  I think it is great to set goals and learn from others, but you need to stay true to yourself and your craft.  I now compare myself to my own work and celebrate how far I have come.

Keep your {through a child's eyes} submissions coming in, Mama's and have a great rest of the week!
XOXO, Allison and the Mama's

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