Name: Kate Moore
What does #girlboss mean to you?: It means taking your passions and sharing them with the world in a way that happens to make you some dolla dolla bills at the same time! It means being assertive, creative, unafraid to be quirky and weird and doing exactly what you believe is possible, no matter what obstacles you find. I am still in the growing process myself, but I am proud of what I have done so far and have more goals ahead of me.
Tell us about what you do?I am a portrait photographer who specializes in engagements, family and senior portraits. I have dabbled a bit in weddings, but I prefer the ability to really get to work with a smaller group of people because I love getting to know them and laughing a lot while we do our sessions.
How did you get involved?I am a teacher as well as a photographer, and I learned to use my career as a means to launch my photography business. I worked for 3 years in a very, very low-income, urban school. 100% of the students there were considered free and reduced lunch eligible. I realized a void. Almost all of the families lacked great family portraits to have as memories in the future majorly due to the financial conflict. Portrait sessions are expensive! I began taking photographs of my students and their families for free or at-cost of printing, which was usually less than $10. I started to build a portfolio, learned how to make people comfortable in front of a camera and improved my own technical skills. This slowly spread the word about what I was doing, so I have become busier and busier.
One piece of advice: The biggest thing you need to do is just start. It doesn’t matter how small. Never beat yourself up for not being big enough or legitimate enough. Anyone who ever began something great had to take one step forward first. That is the hardest and most crucial part. Keep yourself accountable and just begin. Great ideas do no good if they stay hidden in your head.
Biggest win in the last year:I landed the job I had been working for the past 8 years: an art teacher. Due to the decline of the arts in schools and the small amount of jobs available, it has been difficult finding openings. I feel fortunate to be working in a job that allows me more space to be myself and share the creative world with my students. I also was responsible for the entire school’s class photos a few weeks ago – it was a huge learning process, a great way to network my business, and I really put my heart and soul into it because I was taking pictures of MY students. These were kids I knew very well and wanted to capture them as authentically and beautifully as possible.
Favorite inspirational quote: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~Maya Angelo
Book recommendation: The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
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