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Meet Kalie Berin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalie Berin.

Hi Kalie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
When I was in Middle School, my answer to the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up? was always ‘a photographer’ and that’s where it stopped. I always loved taking photos and knew I had a natural ability but when it came time to choose a career, I didn’t consider photography as something I could realistically do. Instead, I earned my Master’s degree in teaching and went on to teach for 11 years- hating almost every minute of it.

Fast forward to the start of the Pandemic and I knew that if I didn’t quit teaching then, I never would. When I thought about what I loved doing, it came back to photography. I bought my first DSLR and spent lock-down teaching myself how to shoot in manual, mostly using my (at the time) 2-year-old daughter as my subject. I found an amazing mentor, took some classes, and started using friends and family to practice and build my portfolio and hone in on my shooting and editing style.

Once I felt confident in my abilities, I started responding to every post I saw looking for a photographer on every Facebook Mom’s page and slowly started booking new clients. After 6 months or so, things really took off and I quit my teaching job to dive head-first into my photography business. Ever since I’ve just continued to learn everything I can about both photography and running a business while building my client base and haven’t looked back.

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?
I’d say the biggest challenges for me have been self-confidence and comparing myself to other photographers. I didn’t go to school for photography and really didn’t know how to run (or even start!) my business at first. When I first started I was walking away from a teaching career I was good at, a salary, and benefits all in the hope that I’d be able to build a successful photography business (even saying that out loud, I still kind of can’t believe I took that risk).

I am so fortunate that I was able to quit my teaching job to jump into photography full-time and am grateful for it every day, but it definitely adds a lot of stress and pressure to be successful. As a small business owner, there are new challenges every day but, as cliche as it sounds, I’ve grown so much as a photographer and person in the past two years because of it.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a lifestyle photographer and specialize in family, maternity, and newborn photography, but also love shooting boudoir, engagement, and elopements.

I think what I’m most known for and what sets me apart from other photographers is my ability to capture real, genuine emotion and connection through my images. If you’re looking for perfectly posed images and every hair in place, I’m not the photographer for you. If you want to look back on your images and feel something, to remember life exactly as it is right now, then I’m your girl.

My ability to connect with all my families/clients, get to know them as people, and capture authentic, emotion-filled images is something that I’m really proud of and that sets me apart from others.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I just moved to Columbus a few months ago, but really love all of the people I’ve met so far. A second thing I’m loving is all the great food throughout the city. I could do without the winter weather in April, though.

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