Being a photographer is tough, and I think it’s why we stayed away for so long. I couldn’t answer the question, “how do we stand out from everyone else?” I didn’t know how to create a meaningful brand while at the same time generating business when everyone these days can just take a picture on their phone, edit it with an app and call themselves a photographer. Because if I'm honest, that’s pretty much how we started out.
When we officially decided to begin our journey as the sister duo, KK.Creative.Co, I told Kiersten one of the things that felt the most meaningful to me was to find inspiring women, listen to their stories and photograph them. I knew this would help build our business, but more importantly, I knew that launching our brand from this standpoint would inspire us to be badass females making a name for ourselves through our heart and our art.
Ladyfingers Letterpress was at the top of my list, but it took several days to talk myself into reaching out. They are an established business, with thousands of followers and we are just two young women starting our business with not a whole lot to show for in terms of our photography skills. When I finally got over my fear of rejection and found solid faith in our capabilities, I realized my strong desire to be a part of something more and have the chance to support these women and showcase them to our community would get me the yes I wanted. Morgan quickly replied asking for us to come meet her at the store to talk about the possibility of photographing them. After meeting in person we decided that in September we would make some magic together.
When we got there, Arley asked me the big question, WHY. I didn’t even need to think twice about my why; I am so inspired by women being powerful creators and living authentic lives in the world and I want to be a woman who supports women… and everyone for that matter. I want to capture what drives these women entrepreneurs to be successful in a space where they thrive. I want to create a place where these stories are shared and these women are celebrated for their success. I want to create inspiration for other women to find what makes them feel badass, go out, and make it a reality.
Spending time with these women helped me realize I don’t need permission to live a creative life. I can stand out from everyone else just by being me and capturing things that make my life a little juicier. Morgan and Arley truly are doing it. I hope you can feel our admiration for them through these photos.