So here’s the thing.. I don’t do family photography right now.. But I do for Katie… Kinda like how I don’t do birth photography.. But I did for Katie.
And honestly? I’d pretty much do anything in the world for this woman. She’s done more for me in the around-4ish years we’ve been friends than I can count. Her support and love through the worst downs and the highest ups of my life have been comforting beyond measure. And her encouragement in the growth and changes in my business have given me a confidence to approach change with excitement rather than fear.
This girl? She takes on change like a BOSS. Starting her photography business from the ground up about 3 years ago, taking on the world by storm as the incredible Katie Myrick Photography, and before she could even catch her breath in her growing following, added on her third child into their family only 18 months after her second. And you know what? She still made it happen in her crazy beautiful photography brand and wears motherhood + businesshood proudly.
Just search the hashtag #thedocumentedphotographer to get a glimpse into one aspect of how, with the help of a tripod and self-timer, she was able to mesh the two loves of her life – her photography business and her Mommyhood – to spark a fire under so many other photographer Moms out there to stop neglecting making photos of you with your own family… Which I know from experience, HAPPENS.
Through her affiliation with The Snap Society and the workshop she co-hosts, Make it Click, she has had the opportunity to inspire and encourage and has helped push so many woman to new heights in their businesses.
Watching Katie grow from a hobbyist photographer when we first met (when I photographed now 3 year old Stella in her belly!) to the knockout, crazy talented, inspiration of a professional photographer that she is now has been incredible! And I’ve been so honored to call this woman my best friend and to share in all the excitements and amazing features she’s been honored with along the way.
And speaking of how this woman takes on change like a Boss? In the last 4ish months she and her husband Robbie put their home up for sale, without knowing where in the world the wind would take them, selling the house much sooner than expected (and still not knowing where the wind was going to take them!), finding their perfect dream home about a month ago, and closing on the sale of their home last week and closing on the purchase of their new home THIS WEEK.
Most people would be scared silly to take on such a huge life change like selling a house without knowing where your next house would be or when they would find it… but she’s Super Katie. And she took it on all while keeping up with her growing business.
So yes, I will take Katie’s family photos a million times over even though I don’t photograph families because I love her. But let’s be real… What photographer, exclusively specializing in weddings or not, wouldn’t photograph a family that looked this stunning!?
I don’t care what kind of photographer you are, you’d be silly not to take the chance at photographing this beautiful woman and her family … best friends or not!
I have photographed at this location a hundred times over, but I swear, the light has never been this perfect. I’ve never experienced being able to photograph in literally any direction in this area. The light was so even and perfect and Katie…. oh Katie…. in that Badgley Mischka gown she rented from Rent the Runway, and her killer red hair all done up by Alex James at True Images Salon, her makeup by the amazing Crystal Colson at Merle Norman in Elizabeth City, the girl’s dresses from Dollcake and the perfect flower crowns and hair adornment from Yeopim Flowers… it was a combination resulting in one of the most perfect sessions I’ve ever had the honor of photographing.
And to top it all off? Today is Katie’s 29th birthday! I hope you can understand my admiration for this woman, and my joy in being able to take a part in her life. Join with me in celebrating some amazing accomplishments and beautiful changes in her life right now… and a birthday :-)
… and please… Don’t hesitate to drool all over your phone or keyboard as you scroll through.. this family is in the purest form, drool worthy…
Seaside Glam Family Photos