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Caroline

It wasn't until the fall after I graduated college that we became really close.

I had always loved her, but it was that fall that she became one of my best friends.  I had just finished my time at Invisible Children, traveled to Uganda and through Europe, and was back in Dallas coaching tennis and working the opening shift at my drive thru Starbucks.  All the while I was applying for any and every job I could find in Southern California.  For the life of me I couldn't even get a callback.

That fall was a dark and lonely season.  Everyday on my way to work at 4:00a.m. I would listen to Bon Iver The Wolves, and try and figure out what in the world I was doing with my life.  It seemed my friends had dispersed--as I was quite fun to be around at this time--and I felt so lost.

Caroline was in her sophomore year of college, and had a group of girlfriends that would dance through the movie theaters to all the choreography to High School Musical 3, they would go on adventures, and cook baked yumminess late at night.  I was so envious of what they had.  Without a second thought though they began inviting me (the sad depressed girl) everywhere, coming over to my house, endless car rides listening to the Jonas Brothers and Broadway show tunes, and taking me to see High School Musical 3 for the 50th time.  I soon found myself waiting and hoping that Caroline would call me to hang out.

It was in those months that I knew I not only loved Caroline because she was my sister, but because she was one of my best most loyal friends.

I am so blessed to call this amazing girl my sister and friend.  Love you!

Sneak Peak | My Baby Sister

My little baby sister Caroline is all grown up now.  It's her last semester in college, and she's spending it in Spain student teaching.  Next fall she's going to be working with inner city kids with Teach For America. There is no way I could be more proud of her.  I say this all the time about my siblings, and I believe it with all my heart:  if we weren't related we'd still be the best of friends.  Caroline is impacting culture and shaping the lives of our next generation.  Here's a sneak of our little Senior Shoot we did over Christmas...more to come:)

I love you Cee Cee Dee!

The Refined Woman | Dress to Impress

Client Meetings. First impressions.

Gulp...this can be scary right?  Well, in my opinion it doesn't have to be...as long as you stay true to who you are.  You'll notice that all three of us:  Emily, Sarah,  and myself have quite different styles, but check out our websites and our client base and you'll find that we are each trying to stay true to our brands through and through.

My business is called Kat Harris Photography.  My name is my brand, just as many of you who are in the creative world.  While it is a top priority and non-negotiable to hone in on your craft and have a solid product/service to offer your clients; it is a mistake to solely focus on your photography.  Everything about me, Kat Harris, embodies my brand.  People are hiring not just a finished product, but an entire experience that only YOU can offer.

Because of this, what you wear when you meet with potential and existing clients is extremely important.  It reveals something about your brand:  your style,  your target market is, your brand personality, etc.

My goal when I go to meet with a client is to be: classic, tailored, with a hint of bohemian.   In essence my goal is to represent myself as fully as I can.  The right client will connect not only connect with your finished product but the entire package.

Photographed by:  Sarah Shreves

  • Why did you choose this outfit? I chose this outfit because I wanted to look tailored and put together.  The pencil skirt really allowed me to do this.  To add some bohemian flares I chose to wear my suede booties (which are so comfortable), my 31 Bits necklace, and a blousy top.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Success! What I will say though is that after wearing this skirt to a meeting I know I cannot wear it to shoot in; it kept shifting around as I was walking.  For meeting purposes however; it was just fine!
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Silk Jacket:  Club Monaco; Blouse:  Madewell; Skirt:  Talbots; Shoes:  Urban Outfitters; Necklace:  31 Bits; Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick 

Onto Miss Emily Scott:  San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Photographed by:  Simply Jessie

  • Why did you choose this outfit?  This was a good outfit challenge for me because growing up in LA I never had to layer like you need to layer in San Francisco. I chose a pencil skirt / tights / sweater combo because it blends professional and casual perfectly. It allowed me to feel put together but not too formal for a client meeting.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  It was a pretty successful outfit, though I did have a bit of trouble when I hit the steep SF streets in my 4" heels...
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look? Sweater + Pencil Skirt:  JCrew; Top:  Nordstrom BP; Shoes:  Zara; Bag:  Dooney&Burke

Los Angeles Lifestyle photographer + Stylist Miss Sarah Shreves

Photographed by:  Kat Harris

  • Why did you choose this outfit?  When i meet with my clients,  I want to give them the truest representation of me. and this is it.  I rarely wear heals especially with clients because im tall to begin with and I dont want to be towering over them! probably more casual + laid back than people would assume, my style is simple.  Most of my clients are that too:  driven, creative and bold but also easy going, know how to have a good time (on the dance floor) and not too cool for school.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Yeah, you cant go wrong with a statement tee and skinnies.  These pants are actually more of a legging so i do wish they had some pockets on them.  I need to find a good pair of stretchy, high waisted black pants.  Anyone have recommendations?
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Shoes: Alexander Wang (Similar);  Pants: F21 (Similar)  Tee: Vintage Weltenbuerger  in Venice ;  Jewelry:  all vintage finds

Mujer | Sarah Dubbeldam

“Ideas belong to the people that execute them, not talk about them,”  that's what Sarah's husband told her years ago when she first shared her dreams of Darling Magazine with him.

Although Darling Magazine just launched a little over a year ago; it was a dream of editor Sarah Dubbeldam's for quite some time.  What inspires me about Sarah and her story is her faithfulness and patience.  A lot of times people have great ideas, but not the resolve to see those ideas become reality.  Or they make it a reality, but bring it to life far too soon only to see it disintegrate due to a poor foundation.

Sarah, on the other hand spent several years dreaming up Darling and getting friends together to create a definitive vision and solid framework.  This girl did her homework.  And the result is something that I believe young women all over the world can connect with.

If you haven't checked out Darling Magazine, please do so!  You can see their online publication HERE, and even order their Winter Issue which hits early December.

Now, let's get to know Miss Sarah a little better...

Q:  Who is Sarah Dubbeldam, and what do you do?

A:  I am a dreamer; an artist, a wife, a friend, a child of God…I find joy in the small things, and search for the beauty in everything. I am the Editor in Chief and Co-Creative Director of Darling Magazine, which is my passion project that I hope will bring more  light and hope to the world.

Q:  What made you want to start Darling Magazine, and how did you go about making such a big dream into a reality?

A:  I was really inspired by author Wendy Shalit and her book, “A Return to Modesty,” which is a fascinating exploration on the state of the modern woman, men, chivalry, modesty, and sexuality. After experiencing personal and relational difficulties myself, and observing many women around me struggling with dating, emotional baggage, self-esteem, body issues and life purpose, I wanted to create the magazine I wish I had during the formative years of my life. My friend and Co-Creator of Darling Kelli Lane and I spent two years developing the foundation of Darling, then recruited six more girls to join us for weekly meetings of content development for another year; then we launched the website on 11.11.11, let that build for around 9 months, and put out our first print issue in September 2012! Now we have over 75 contributors in the U.S. and several countries around the world, and are currently creating Issue 2 coming out in December.

Q:  One of your dreams was to have Darling Magazine in print, and you just recently accomplished that.  Congratulations!  How did it feel to accomplish that goal, and what are some other dreams you want to accomplish with the magazine?

A:  It was a surreal feeling the first time I held it, and now every time I actually hand it to someone I feel so much joy—it’s incredible to see it in tangible form, instead of this imaginary thing I was constantly trying to describe to everyone I met! I desire for Darling to grow largely in readership, and to expand into selling curriculum for high school and college mentoring groups. We also want to host events with renowned speakers and partner with non-profits to give proceeds to causes we care about.

Q: One of the taglines for Darling is the art of being a woman including everything from activism to femininity to style to creativity and so much more.  Was there a catalyst in your life that made you want to advocate for women and their stories?  I’d love to hear about that!

A:  There wasn’t a specific event, but rather my experiences mentoring high school girls coupled with hundreds of conversations with women that made me realize that women need, and feel so inspired by having a voice. They need to be seen. To be heard. To be understood in their personal story, joys, and pain. There is something about sharing with and helping others that makes women come alive; this is why I believe advocating for them and letting them share with the world is so important.

Q:  With so much on your plate, what are some tangible things you do to stay inspired?

A:  Being originally from Oregon, my main inspiration comes from being in nature. My husband Steve and I consistently get away to quiet green places, where I can hear my thoughts, talk to God, and get grounded once more. I also visit art museums and read classic authors such as Jane Austen that take me back to another period of time when life was simpler.

Q:  Who are 5 people in your life that influence you most?

A:  My husband because of his character, drive, and creativity, my mom because of her love for life, nature, and beauty, my dad because he is my model for being an entrepreneur, my friend Penny because of her wisdom, and my “college girls” Emily, Kelli, Annie, Lauren, Kelli, and Tiffany.

Q:  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A:  First, an actress, then a figure skater. (Fun fact: I skated competitively for 5 yrs and still can still do spins and jumps, haha.)

Q:  Outside of running a successful blog and magazine, what are some of your favorite things to do in LA?

A:  I love going out to eat, (to sushi specifically), hiking in Griffith Park, visiting art museums, and of course, shopping always inspires my creativity!

Q:  Right now, who are the bands/artists that you're listening to?

A:  Right now I love Passion Pit, Nouvelle Vague, Hot Chip, Ellie Goulding, M.I.A., Classical music, and on the spiritual side, All Sons and Daughters.

Q:  If you could give any advice to young women about pursuing their dreams and making them a reality what would it be?

A:  When I first met my husband Steve, he was inspired by my dream for Darling and told me to think on the fact that “only action is real,” and that “ideas belong to the people that execute them, not talk about them.” He reminded me there were probably people before Henry Ford that thought of an automobile, or one earlier than Edison who had the idea for a light bulb, but they were the ones that did it. My advice would be, do it! If you fail, you will only learn—as often our failures lead us to our greatest successes, and mature us to become the person we need to be to handle the dream that will succeed.

**Thank you so much to Rachel Burney of Remba Productions for doing an amazing job on Hair and Make-up.  Rachel is my partner-in-crime on this series!

*Wardrobe provided by Miss Sarah Dubbeldam's rad closet.

*Jewelry: 31 Bits

 

The Refined Woman | Kat

Now it's my turn in the hot seat. Discovering my style over the last few years has been quite a journey.  I've tried to copy other people, dress the way that I think people expect me to dress, and even pretend to like certain clothes that I really don't like just because they were trendy.  What I've come to realize is that I simply cannot keep up with the trends, and it's exhausting to dress for other people.  This has led me on a journey to figure out who I really am, and what I am naturally drawn to.

Hence I've labeled myself a classy-boho.  All-American prep is deep down in my core.  I love blazers, chinos, collared button-ups.  BUT also I have this inner hippie child that I cannot seem to shake.  Lace, frills, and flowy skirts and tops make me feel like a woman.  Today's outfit seems to be just that to me:  classy-boho.

What do you think?

Photographed by:  Sarah Shreves

  • Why did you choose this outfit? Fall is my favorite time of the year for fashion.  I love browns, blues, greens, and warm colors and I can wear them all the time in the fall.  This outfit is not only a go-to for shooting, but even in my everyday life.  The chinos are a little casual, however I think my blazer and red lipstick makes it a little more fancy.  This look is clean, classic, and the 31 Bits necklace adds that boho flare so I feel as though I'm staying true to my brand all in all!
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Success! Because I am wearing pants I can maneuver quite comfortably, and my Tory Burch flats come to every wedding with me.  Although expensive; it's well worth the investment.  You only get two feet so I want to make sure I really take care of them on those long 12 hour days.
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Blazer:  Zara (this is my go-to place for blazers!); Top:  Forever 21 (old); Pants:  JCrew; Belt:  No Rest for Bridget; Shoes:  Tory Burch; Necklace:  31 Bits

Fall in the City...

Maybe it's because I grew up in Texas, and never really experienced a true fall. Maybe it's because I now live in Southern California where our fall is great, but mostly consists of light weight cardigans and UGG boots at night.

Whatever it is, fall has always had a sweet place in my heart.

I'm in love with everything that fall has to offer:  scarves, boots, pumpkin spice lattes, pies, and apple cider.There's something so fresh and exhilarating about waking up to a crisp fall morning with leaves of all colors floating to the ground.

It's simply enchanting to me.

This morning I'm finishing up packing for my last trip to NYC this year, and though I love all of my trips to the city; it's always a little extra special in the fall.  My bags are packed full of all the clothes I could never wear in Southern California.  I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow morning, grab some coffee to go, and head out for a fall day in NYC.

I sort of feel like the luckiest girl in the world:)  Happy Fall Friday friends...what are you doing this fine weekend?

Below are some shots from one of my favorite shoots I have gotten to do; it was at Bryant Park last fall:)

 

Mujer | Natalie Warne

There are so many things that excited me about my Mujer Project.  If you missed my introduction to this project read about it HERE. I could not think of a better woman to start off this series than my sweet friend Miss Natalie Warne.

It's not that Natalie is going to change the world one day; it's that at the age of 22 she already is.  She has been a catalyst for several international events with Invisible Children, has traveled throughout the US and world as filmmaker and story teller, AND has been invited twice to tell her story and inspire others at TED Talks

Please take a few minutes to watch her speech Anonymous Extraordinaires HERE.

Through many transitions and ups and downs she has persevered on towards the goal of living a deep and meaningful life while challenging others to do the same.  I am so proud to do life with such an unbelievable woman, and cannot wait for you to get to know her better:

Q:  Who is Natalie Warne, and what do you do?

A:  I tell stories, through filmmaking and public speaking. My dad always said, “Find a job that takes you places.” I’m fortunate to have discovered a job that allows me to do that. Both physically and imaginatively, my job allows me to travel to new places while getting to hear and experience new stories along the way. But most importantly, I am a daughter; the product of an unbelievable family. That is the role I am most proud of.

And yes...Natalie is rockin' some rad jewelry provided by 31 Bits.

Q:  How do you stay inspired to create?

A:  By surrounding myself with inspiring, creative, and driven people. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that inspiration and creativity don’t always come easy, if ever. It’s a discipline, a muscle that has to be trained. The more it is used the better quality of work it produces. I’m far from mastering that discipline, which is partly why surrounding myself by others who are moving and creating is so important to me. They push me to my own limits to move and create, as well.

Q:  What drives you?

A:  I am infatuated with and driven by my beautiful, ragtag community. It is made up of friends and mentors that I have worked with, sought with, and struggled with. People whose lives consistently challenge and inspire me as we do life together. Their investment in my life and mine in theirs has shaped me into the woman I am today.

Q:  What was the catalyst in your life that made you want to pursue your dreams of activism?

A:  It was a film. At 17 I watched Invisible Children, a documentary that exposes a 25 yearlong conflict about a Ugandan warlord, named Joseph Kony, who abducts children to fight in his rebel army. I was shocked to learn that something so atrocious had been going on unnoticed by the rest of the world for so long. Once I heard the story I was moved to action; at 18 I began working for Invisible Children to help bring the war to an end.

I’ve learned since then that this conflict isn’t the only cause worth fighting for, but I know now that this particular organization gripped me in part because of how they tell their story. Theirs isn’t one only of conflict and despair, but also of incredibly resiliency and hope. Learning from Invisible Children about the power of a well told story causes me to wonder about the countless other causes, conflicts, and extraordinary people who would benefit from having their story shared.

Q:  What is your guilty pleasure? (Food, Bieber, cheese fries, etc.)

A:  Ask me at any given moment to quote from beginning to end The Newsies or Princess Bride and you will not be disappointed. These movies were childhood favorites in the Warne household, and even in our twenties my siblings and I know every line, song, and dance routine. Guilty pleasure? Or material for America’s Got Talent? America’s Funniest Home Videos? You choose.

Q:  Right now, who are the bands/artists that you're listening to?

A:  I don’t have one specific taste in music. I love it all. My Spotify history would read, in no specific order, something like: Justin Beiber,  The National, Les Miserables, The Lumineers, and I’m still not over Watch the Throne or Beyonce’s 4 album. Like I said, I love it all.

Q:  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A:  Funny story: I recently found a letter that I wrote to my “grown up” self when I was 10 years old. I told myself that I wanted to be an actress, and also a spy for the CIA, two very different career paths. Almost every weekend while I was younger my friends and I would make our own home movies, and I wanted to continue doing that as I got older. My dream for becoming a spy was probably influenced by watching a few too many action movies with my older brother, and although I haven’t acted on that childhood dream, I haven’t completely ruled it out, either.

Q:  What is your mission statement?

A:  To create, share, and advocate for stories that matter.

Desert Rendezvous | Matt & Jenn

In February I had the privelege of producing this shoot for one of Mike Colón's lectures in Las Vegas.  Jenn and Matt are pretty much the ideal couple that any one could ask for.  They have such awesome chemistry, and aren't too bad looking either!  Thanks so much to 31 Bits and Julia Lovan Designs for hooking us up with some rad jewelry and gowns for this shoot!

Here are some of my favorite images I shot throughout the afternoon.

Vendor Information:

Location:  The Desert.

Production/Wardrobe Styling: Kat Harris

Couple:  Matt and Jenn

Her Wardrobe:  Julia Lovan Designs, 31 Bits, Madewell, Anthropologie

His Wardrobe:  JCrew, H&M, Zara

Mujér | Part I

If you have known me for any amount of time, then you know that I believe in the power of story.  My heart beats for women, and that women would know their identity is grounded and unshakeable in Christ. The truth that I am not valueable because of what I look like, or what I do, but because I am His.  I long to see women be set free of comparison, and walking freely in their unique gifts.

When you meet someone who is grounded in their identity there is something so peaceful and freeing about being around them.  When a woman is free to be who she really is; it gives the people around her the permission to be freely and wholly who they  are created to be.  When you are around women like this; it’s not only freeing it’s contagious.

For reasons I cannot understand, I have been given this rare opportunity to live with and walk deeply with such women.

These are not just your average women, they are ladies that are actively changing the world, impacting culture, that are unabashedly and boldly pursuing their dreams, and are peaceful and free women.

I want you to know these women, to experience their story, their freedom, and I want it to encourage and inspire you.

This is the beginning of hopefully a long series of interviews and lifestyle shoots of telling the stories of these women with their words, my words, and photographs of them.

There’s this dream inside me that young women would read these stories and see the images and be empowered to pursue their dreams.  I want it to spark something from deep within, and spread like wild fire.

I want to see a generation of young women moved to living a life a purpose, depth, meaning, to be confident in their giftings, and actively and confidently moving forward in them.   I want to live this kind of story:  a life of depth, purpose, resolve, and meaning.

Grounded. Faithful. Peaceful. Resolved. Free.

The Beautiful Woman.

Mujér.

My first Mujer shoot will be up soon, but for now enjoy some of my favorite shots from a lifestyle session with Jessi.