my photography journey | katie woodard

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my photography journey | katie woodard

My Photography Journey by 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?

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard 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?

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard 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?

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

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.

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

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.

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

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.

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

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.

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

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.

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

I photographed some friends’ babies, one in 2008, one in 2009, and more as the years went by. No babies were harmed, I promise!

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

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.

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

And finally a few recent favorites, personal and business… the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

the photography journey of Arizona photographer Katie Woodard

 

About the Author:

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! Visit Katie Woodard online.
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13 Comments

  1. Michele Kendzie May 05 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I love that you went back so far in your journey. I also find roots of my love of photography in childhood with a shutterbug mom of my own.

    • KatieW May 08 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Michele 🙂 Thank you! It was fun going back so far.

  2. Belinda Coles May 05 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    This is such a cool journey Katie. Love love love your work and this has made it all come full circle. Your mum had such a nice eye, and its lovely she’s given that to you!

  3. katie May 05 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Love it! Isn’t it always amazing to see how far you’ve come. So talented, Katie!

  4. Erika May 05 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    This was so touching, Katie. I am just in love with those images your mom took when you were little, I am so glad you shared those. You work is amazing, such a journey!

    • KatieW May 08 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks! It was fun to look at the old photos!

  5. Kristy May 06 2014 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I love how you put this together Katie- amazing progress! You know I’m a fan. <3

  6. KatieW May 08 2014 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you Nicole!

  7. sally May 14 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I LOVED reading this journey, Katie! You are amazing and I love your work, and I love your family too, you are truly blessed.

    And geez, I wish I had known you when we both lived in NC! You looked like Annie when you were a toddler!

    • KatieW Jun 23 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Sally, I can’t believe we lived so close! I loved meeting you!!

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