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Check Out Kim Lorenz’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Lorenz.

Hi Kim, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started taking photos for others after graduating college. I was working full-time before going to graduate school to become an occupational therapist when a co-worker asked me to photograph her wedding. So, I started my photography career with a wedding, not your traditional start to being a professional photographer! I was a nervous wreck up until the minute I got to the hair salon to start photographing, then it was like I had done this all my life! I started my business the following year, naming my company while sitting in a graduate school class. Even at that time, I knew my long-term goal was to be a part-time OT with the rest of my time dedicated to my photography.

Throughout the first ten years of my career in OT and also my business, I struggled with really feeling that I was a true “professional” photographer because I was still working a full-time job. So in 2017, I went through the process of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer. A few months later, an opportunity arose for me to reach my early dream to go part-time as an OT and become a full-time photographer/business owner! Today I combine my skills as an OT and my love of photography to serve my clients throughout all their life events. My dream is to one day be able to photograph a wedding for a bride that I have watched grow up in front of my camera since she was a baby.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have definitely been many ups and downs. Some of the major struggles for me have been my own feelings of inadequacy as a business owner and as a photographer. I am always striving to learn and improve my photography skills and business sense, and I know that will never stop! As a business owner, there is so much to do and never enough time in the day! But I am so thankful that I have gotten involved with great supportive groups of professionals that help me to learn and grow with my business as well.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in photographing memories for families throughout their life span. No matter what the event, whether it is a wedding, pregnancy, newborn photos, family photos or headshots, I want to be there for my clients for all their major photography needs. I don’t want to just do one session and never see them again, for me it is all about the relationships. I am most proud of my wedding photography as this is an area of photography that many photographers don’t want to tackle because it really encompasses all forms of photography and can be stressful as well as a lot of work. You have to be a master of lighting, posing, crowd control… And I LOVE it! I am currently working on getting my Master of Wedding Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America, which will definitely help set me apart from others.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I think more and more people will continue to pick up a camera and call themselves photographers because technology allows for that. But, I think that we will see a shift in people just wanting digital files to wanting beautifully captured printed heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation, just like our grandparents passed on to us. How great is it to look back and hold those old family photos?! It takes you back in time. Searching for an image on a phone or on Facebook just isn’t the same, and I think as people realize this more and more, we will see a shift to truly appreciating professional photography and the work that goes into creating each image. We all have cell phones we can get great images with, but it’s all about knowing how to control the light and frame and pose your subject. These are the things that you can’t pick up by buying a nice camera, and I believe that we will see a trend of appreciation for the art of photography. (Or maybe that is just a dream of all professional photographers!)

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Creative Visions Photography

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