Lifestyle

Good Friday

Happy Friday Friends! Well actually Happy Good Friday.

Today my hope for you is that you are present, thankful, gracious, at rest on the inside, peaceful.

I hope you laugh.

I even hope there's an extra sparkle and glitter in your day.

Love you,

Kat

Sincerely Jules | Street Style

Today my work is featured on Miss Sincerely Jules Style blog...I'm soooo stoked.  Check out her post HERE.

And here are a few of my favorite shots from the day:)

These are what you call kicks.

Last week I was thrilled to work with the lovely Los Angeles style blogger Sincerely Jules on a fun collaboration with the uber fancy West Hollywood Salon Benjamin.

Jules not only has stellar style she is such a sweet lady!  Can't wait for more fun projects with you Jules.  For details on her look and to check out her post on the shoot click HERE.

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.

Summer Days

Summer seems to be slipping through my fingers. I want to hold onto it as long as I can, but August is here which means before we know it fall will be upon us.

Let's make memories today, and do something we can't do in the winter.

What do you say?

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

Daddy's Girl

It doesn't matter how much time I have to get ready, in the end I am always racing around like a mad woman hopping around with one shoe on, making my bed and brushing my teeth at the same time, all the while trying to put my shirt on.  This scenario was going on when my door bell rang.  I wasn't ready for him to be here.  Hair in a pony tail, jammies on I took a deep breath and answered the door.  Deep down I knew he wouldn't care though if everything wasn't just 'so' or I didn't look perfect, because he has loved me through years of mismatched socks, braces, and many many many adventures. After being in SoCal for four years, my dad drove his motorcycle all the way from Texas to see me.  Let me tell you it was well worth the wait.

I can honestly say that I would be so blessed to marry a man like my dad.  He loves God, loves people, and lives such a beautiful and meaningful story.  For nearly 6 days we spent all day and night together trapsing all over LA to San Diego:  hiking, drinking coffee, eating long dinners with friends, going to the beach, driving down the PCH on his motorcycle.  It seemed like we blinked our eyes and his trip was over.  He headed north to San Francisco to volunteer at some homeless shelters in San Francisco.

I'm so proud of him, and am so proud to walk down the street with him, introduce him to my friends, and have him in my world.

Daddy, I cannot wait until the next time you visit me.  You are a blessing to everyone who comes across your path!  I love you so much!

And Here We Are...

It's weird how things turn out.  If you asked me what I wanted to be when I was a little girl my response was:  Gloria Estefan, Amy Grant, or a professional tennis player.  I think my mom was a little worried that I didn't have much to "fall back on". Go big or go home right? One thing that I love about time is that really you never know how things are going to turn out.

I look back on my life, and there have been so many things that have turned out differently than I expected.  Three years ago when photography was more of a figment of my imagination I never would have guessed I would be launching my own business.  In fact, if you would have told me that at the time, most likely I would have laughed in your face.

But time has an interesting way of surprising us.

Here we are, and here I am taking a step into something unknown, and scary, and exciting all at the same time.  I feel like a little girl again as I say I want to be a photographer when I grow up.  Beyond what words can express I am overwhelmed with how my family and community have responded with a unified "Go for it".  They have pushed, challenged, asked the tough questions, and supported me through my dream chasing, and for that I am so grateful.

Without going further I must specifically thank Mike and Julie Colón for inviting me into their lives, family, and business for the last three years. Thank you both for investing your time and talent into me, and for believing in me.  Mike you took a chance on me, and you opened up to me  a whole new world of art and creativity.  God has used you both in my life in such powerful ways, and I am so so thankful for you both (and your rad kids) in my life!

I am excited for new adventures.  I am eager to get to know you and your story, and I am beyond honored to get to photograph people on one of the most precious days of their lives.

What it really feels like is that I am living a dream, and it is such a gift.

Welcome to this journey with me.

Photo Credit:  Angi Welsch