“Professional Photographer” is a term that I’ve found is thrown around a little too loosely in this industry. Sometimes I find myself guilty of this…am I REALLY a professional? Sure, I have professional equipment, a professional website, a professional education, and I act professionally…but does that make me PRO photog? Probably not. I catch myself every now and then saying “professional” about my own work…but more often than not you’ll hear me correct myself…”I’m Kara Marie and I’m a photographer”. Not to say I don’t do a good job. The point is, I consider the term “professional” parallel to the term “expert”. Do I know how to use a camera and take a captivating image, yes. Have I learned most of what there is to know in the industry, HA NO! Occassionally I’m approached by someone who is interested in shadowing me, or wants me to teach a photography workshop because they’ve seen my work and love it. I decline, politely, of course…but all the while laughing HYSTERICALLY inside! I need to be TAUGHT, not the one TEACHING. I am SO, SO blessed to be a part of an industry that’s ever-changing. There’s always new technologies, new techniques to learn, and certainly always someone who’s just a step (and an entire staircase) ahead of you professionally. I try to stay as humble as possible in all walks of life….both professional and personal. I feel that I set my prices according to my abilities, and that is why they are steadily increasing.
Some people often ask me in shock how it came to be that I run 2 businesses at the tender age of twenty-something (you didn’t actually think you were going to get my real age out of me, did you?!). My answer of “I just did it!” always baffles them. Of course it’s easier said than done…and of course I put back breaking, heart breaking, and bank breaking efforts into both Lavish Events and Click Chick Images. Truth is, I’m probably one of the most impulsive people you will ever meet. I decide something sounds like fun, and I do it. (Hence the ALMOST Kara Marie business ventures including, but not limited to: jean design, cupcake baking, wedding favor craft & design, floral design, cake design, and makeup artistry. Not to mention the employee positions I’ve held of cell phone, wedding dress, and gym membership sales…and let’s not forget bartending). Bottom line, I’m a creative person, and I’m a go-getter. A blessing and a curse type of combination! I’m so happy to say that I’m completely excstatic in the wedding planning and photography industry, and know that I will continue to advance my skills in both fields by any means possible. I know now, after years of working jobs that I didn’t like, that I’m here to STAY! My goal is to NEVER work for anyone else ever again. And that, my friends, is my rant of the day! Input?