Friday, June 5, 2015

Meet This Week's Judge: Katie Myrick

This week, Katie of Katie Myrick Photography has joined us to explore the Wild Child! She's shared some gorgeous black and white photos with us, and a few words about her craft. Enjoy!

I'm Katie from Katie Myrick Photography out of Elizabeth City, NC. I'm the mother of 3 crazy kiddos and am lucky to be married to my 5th grade sweetheart :) I specialize in high school seniors and lifestyle family photography. When I'm not behind the camera, I'm pulling shifts as an emergency room RN and working for The Snap Society as their social media specialist.

I've always had a true passion for photography. I used to tell my mom when I was little that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. So when I got pregnant with my second daughter, I saved up every penny I had by working extra nursing shifts and bought an entry level dslr. The spark has stayed lit and I'm continuing to follow my dreams :) 

Camera Bag: Shout out to The House of Flynn for being the BEST bag I've ever invested in (I got the beautiful teal one). I have three bodies: Nikon D3, Nikon D700 and Nikon F100 (I use the D3 the most but the D700 will always be my favorite) The lens that I cannot live without for portraits is the 85mm f/1.8 and for everything lifestyle is my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is used all the time. I rarely use the 50mm and the lensbaby sweet 35. 

My dream shoot would be to shoot the Free People clothing line with Michelle Moore in Joshua Tree, California. (Yes.... I have given this a lot of thought :) She's my photography crush (the reason I fell in love with senior photography) and I love Free People (I'd be a happy girl to have a closet full of nothing but Free People clothing). 

Hands down the biggest challenge I face on a daily basis is how to find balance as a stay at home mother and full time photography business owner. But being able to be home with them, make my own schedule and do what I love is the biggest blessing in the world. 

If I had $500 to spend on photography, I would put it towards education. I'm a huge advocate for taking workshops, attending shootouts and taking online classes. (That's how I would, should and do spend the extra money that I get) There is sooooo much that I've yet to learn and I never ever want to stop learning :) 

I wish someone would have told me there is a LOCK button for your focal points on the back of your camera. I once shot half of an entire bridal session with my focal point stuck in the top left corner. I thought my camera was broken (worst feeling EVER). My hip had hit the button on the back of my camera and switched over to the focal point lock AND I didn't even know that this existed. After I called my husband and told him I needed to get a new camera, I called my best friend who told me to calm down and look and see if the button was pointed towards the "L" (and it was). I tell everybody about this little switch now. 

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