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Meet Kathryn Hastings of Kathryn Hastings Photography in Northern Suburbs & Charlotte North Carolina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathryn Hastings.

Kathryn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been shooting since high school and decided to minor in photography in college. I was in love with the dark room and just loved the time in there to be creative. By 2004, we had moved onto digital and although photoshop felt very odd, I quickly became accustomed to it. I worked in the business world after college and once I had my first baby in 2009, I quickly decide I needed to put my passion of photography and knowledge of business to use and start my own company. I wanted to work for myself. I wanted to create my own schedule around my newly growing family. I still remember the very first family that hired me. The Bebans were so excited to have their 3 little babies photographed and I was over the moon excited to have some business. I remember being so nervous. It’s different when you are shooting for yourself. When you being paid to shoot someone’s life, you want them to love the perspective I capture through my lens. That hot sunny day was the beginning of what now has been 9 years in business.

Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth road? No way! There are always bumps along the way. Starting a business isn’t easy. Balancing work and family. Remembering that balance is always best to keep this mom brain of mine sane. Since the beginning of Kathryn Hastings Photography, I have had 4 children and have worked weddings, social events, newborns and families through it all. It’s a challenge, but in the end, has created this incredibly successful and lucrative company. I feel extremely blessed.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business Kathryn Hastings Photography is a boutique photography company that I started from home. My photo journalist approach tells a story of the subjects behind the lens. I love shooting weddings, families and newborns. I love candid moments much more then posed and my favorite thing about my business is getting to know so many different kids of people. It makes me happy to make others happy. I’m most proud of myself. Taking a need in my life and creating a business that incorporated my talent, creativity and love and Turing it into a lucrative career that has provided for me and my family.

What sets me apart? I am the definition of a people person. I have worked with brides that HATE photos and have created an exceptional experience for them. Putting them at ease and letting them just enjoy their day. I have worked with 2 year olds that like some brides HATE taking pictures and have just played with them. The pictures that we have created together have been real, honest moments that their parents can enjoy forever. I guess I just love people and love creating relationships, finding common ground and delivering real emotions in my pictures.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The Chicagoland area has been so good to me. I love the backdrops from downtown to some of the beautiful gardens surround the suburbs. There are so many amazing photographers out there that can mentor and teach and I think that anyone who wants to pursue a photography career has a really great chance of learning and creating their own niche. We could always use more talent!


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