Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Flom.
Hi Katie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
As a kid, my mom and grandma always had a camera pointed in my direction, ready to capture any and everything. The hobby continued into my generation, and I began to fall in love with capturing moments with my friends at sleepovers, summer camp, or school.
In college, I loved being able to grab my new DSLR camera and edit photos of creative sessions with my friends, but I wasn’t sure how marketable I could be. I was a little scared to take the leap, but I also wanted to make sure that if I made my hobby my career, I wouldn’t lose the love I had for the art. Once the pandemic started, I set down photography and videography almost entirely.
I picked up some slower art forms as a hobby and quickly realized that while it was a great escape, and very fun for me, photography was my true passion. I went to a photography content day and workshop I had previously attended and fell in love all over again. Since then, I have gone full force with launching my own wedding photography business.
Within two months, I had re-started all of those things I had shut down before – my website, my photography Instagram, and my network. I ended up planning my own content day and hosted 15 photographers to shoot 3 unique set-ups. While the business is still new, my love of photography has an old soul, which made it easy to jump back in once I had the courage to take the leap.
It’s not always easy, it’s a lot of work on top of my regular 9-5 job, but it’s worth every single late night. Creating something from the ground up is hard, and some days I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface, but taking it one day at a time makes it feel real, and it’s the best feeling in the world to hear my clients fall in love with the work that I get to creative with them and provide for them.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Some days are definitely easier than others, but every day is worth it.
There are times when I feel like my workflow is on point, I’m getting tons of inquiries and interest from clients, and there are other days I feel so behind trying to balance two full-time jobs at once.
But even with the beginning learning curve of getting everything off the ground, when I get to be out with clients photographing their important life moments, I’m always reminded of how honored I feel to be included and trusted.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a traveling wedding, elopement, couples, and creatives photographer based in Atlanta, GA. I like to think of my photography style as freezing the moment in time, not just the image, but the feeling of the moment as well. It’s more of a photojournalistic approach.
I specialize in weddings and elopements, but love to capture any part of someone’s love story. With creative sessions, it’s always fun to think outside the box of what is normally done and really push boundaries. I always like to encourage my creative session clients to think of their wildest artistic vision and let’s go for that.
I never saw myself hosting content days for fellow photographers, but it has been one of my favorite parts of my business. It’s so fun to plan some crazy photoshoot set-ups and get together with other creatives to make some seriously stunning photos.
What do you think about happiness?
Feeling connected to other people makes me happy. I love spending time with my girlfriend, family, and friends, and really put energy into those relationships.
I think that’s why my work resonates with me on such a deep level. Being able to feel connected with someone in their story, and ensuring that those connections are lasting and remembered, is why I love what I do.
- Weddings & Elopements – $1200
- Engagement & Couples – $300
- Creative Session – $300
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.katieflom.wixsite.com/katieflomphotography
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/katieflomphotography
Anna F. Duncan and Katie Flom Photography