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Conversations with the Inspiring Kate Davis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Davis.

Kate, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It started in college. I was forced to take a photography class for my graphic arts degree. It was an 8 am class, and my professor was smoking hot, and I fell in love, but with photography. However, by the end of my seven years of college (don’t judge), my parents divorced, my father had revealed to us he was gay, and my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Along the way, I equated turmoil with photography and so when I graduated, I decided to be a paralegal and put down my camera.

Fast forward ten years and my creative mind was terribly unhappy pushing papers and picked up my camera again and within a year, I quit my job and jumped into the deep end of the pool with photography. One of the best decisions of my life. Sometimes, everything needs to fall apart to be put back together better.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
(Laughs) No… nothing in my life has been easy, but it’s been worth it. I feel as an artist and small business owner, I’m on a daily rollercoaster of highs and lows. I feel as if I’m constantly on the brink of quitting and congratulating myself on all my hard work all at once and that’s okay. Feel it, heal it and move on. I’m a big fan of the term failing upward. I fail all the time, and then I learn from my mistakes and move upward and onward. It’s okay to fail, you absolutely have to fail to succeed.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a Colorado wedding photographer. I shoot genuine couples, having spirited weddings in colorful places. I’m known for my love and banter with my couples. I believe that photos should be fun and enjoyable but most of all they should be a true reflection of you. That starts with a great relationship with your photographer. I only take 20 weddings a year so that I can pour my love and full attention to my couples. By the time  their wedding rolls around, we are friends and that’s a great feeling when you have a friend you can trust capturing your wedding. I strive to make sure my couples are having a good time and they feel comfortable in front of the camera, but most of all, are having fun. I hear all the time from my grooms, “Hey, that was actually fun. Thanks!” That is the biggest compliment I could receive.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I feel like there is such a change for women right now. I think there was a history of women tearing each other down and now, I feel like the tides have turned and there’s more of a sense of community. I have a group of women wedding photographers I meet up with weekly. We all run our own wedding photography companies and we support each other and lift each other up, give advice, share information. We are stronger together than individually.

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Image Credit:
For my personal photo: Anna Hudson

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