You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational photography journey here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Katie Woodard!
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Thank you so much for stopping by! Here is a look at my long, goofy and very rewarding photography journey.
I grew up in North Carolina and my mom took tons of photos. I remember several times, not wanting my photo taken “again”. But she did an amazing job of capturing my childhood and I am so grateful that she did. There is a small chance I had Photographer’s Child Syndrome, at a very early age…what do you think?
photo by Patsy Ridenhour (my mom)
At a young age, I started sharing my mom’s 35mm film camera. In high school I took photography classes and I loved being in the darkroom developing film. My mom planted the traveling bug too and I continued loving photography. This was definitely when I knew I wanted to travel the world to be a National Geographic photographer…see? I’m in deep thought about it already at this young age, don’t you think?
photo by Patsy Ridenhour (my mom)
I grew up around horses, from the time I was in 1st grade. As my passion for horses and photography grew, I spent some time combining these two loves. This was when I found out about black and white film, and how much I loved black and white photography! How did I do with the hard light in the upper right photo below?
I went off to college, and after that I got a job working as a river guide in the Grand Canyon. I still love living in Arizona. I did manage to get a few fun images during my rafting days, with both a 35 mm Minolta film camera and my point and shoot camera.
Several years later, after my second child was born, I was listening to my husband play the guitar and he said, “You need a hobby, too!” That is when my love of photography was reborn. This time I got my 1st DSLR camera, it was a Canon Rebel XT and a 50mm 1.8 lens. I was on a mom forum and was introduced to the wide world of child and newborn photography! I met up with a few local photographer moms to photograph our kids. I was hooked. One of those moms, Susan Anderson, told me about Clickin Moms in the summer of 2008. Yes, yes, yes! Not long after that I upgraded to the Canon 50D and the 50mm 1.4 lens, and wow! Again, I was in love.
One day I got really tired of my mediocre photos and was determined, that very day, to get some creamy skin in my photos. At this time I thought this should be done in Photoshop, apparently! Now I know that you can get that creamy skin in-camera, without Photoshop.
Before I joined Clickin Moms, I joined a group of photographers for my 1st and only 365 project, where I took a photo a day for a year. My mother passed away from breast cancer in November of that year. I knew she was well into the disease when I started the 365 project, and I’m so grateful that I took that year of photos and got so many more images of my mom that I otherwise wouldn’t have.
See the silhouette in the collage below? I won ‘best photo’ for that in my Intro to Photography Class at the local community college! Watch out because then I really thought I was cool (not really!). I still adore silhouettes to this day.
I photographed some friends’ babies, one in 2008, one in 2009, and more as the years went by. No babies were harmed, I promise!
I opened my photography business in the fall of 2010, upgraded to a full frame camera in 2012, to my Nikon d700 which I still adore. I got accepted to CMPro in February of 2013. Since joining Clickin Moms I have taken some incredible workshops, joined a few great projects with photographers whom I still chat with online and formed some wonderful online friendships! Newborn clients and my own kids are some of my favorite photo subjects these days, and I love babies of all ages as well as landscapes.
And finally a few recent favorites, personal and business…
I can’t wait to meet you at Click Away!
Katie Woodard, Arizona
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I am a newborn and family photographer located in Flagstaff, AZ. I was born in the mountains of NC, and grew up in NC as well. Newborns are my very favorite, I love capturing them in the 1st few weeks of life in a simple but beautiful setting, so as to not distract from their sweet little faces and bodies! Photographing the bond between parent and child is so magical as well. My very favorites images of my own are my husband and I looking at our kids, with that look of love, you know what I mean!