Kate Craft Photography was developed from my love of family, fun, and preserving memories.My two young children, my Hubby, and I spend our days and nights in the beautiful north-woods of Wisconsin (a great backdrop for stunning photos). If you want to know more about me please visit the website, just click that tab up there.....

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This summer has been crazy busy and my poor photography blog has been showing the signs. Most of you know I had the pleasure of hosting a photography workshop with some amazing ladies! I don’t have much time to write or post the amazing images from the workshop yet but want to share a few …..stay tuned for a full post in the near future. Until then I hope these will hold you over ….If you would like to see some of the other photographers work please check out Girls with a Camera facebook page!!!

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 Duluth Senior Photographer | Katie
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I have been photographing so many urban locations with my seniors lately I was thrilled to have a country setting this time around. One one of my random drives I spotted an old abandoned barn and with some really yummy light coming from everywhere. I knew that instant it was perfect for Mikala’s shoot. Mikala had her Boyfriend meet up with us at the end of the evening for a few couple shots. Are they not just the best looking couple ever. I couldn’t have been happier with these all the images from her senior session and I hope she adores her photographs as much as I do.

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Mikala

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I had the pleasure of shooting another great senior session Canal Park. I adore this image and can’t wait to show off the rest from Katie’s Grad pictures.
 Duluth Senior Photographer | Sneak a Peek

Stay tuned there eill be more from this beautiful senior session soon!!!

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Well summer is here (insert a happy dance), and I am a busy busy girl. Just the way I like it! This weekend is even busier then usual. 5 shoots in one weekend. “Woman are you mad ??” That’s what my husband asked me. The answer is no I am not. I decided I wanted to give back. Normally I would never take on that many shoots in such a short time, but when there is a good cause I just can’t help myself. All the info is here . I also hope everyone read the information about the workshop here. It is a wonderful opportunity to get some great pictures!! Anyhow on to the point of this post of course …….PICTURES!!! More like one, from last night. Don’t worry there will be a lot more to come soon. Until then Enjoy

 Duluth Senior Photographer | Busy Busy Busy

 

 

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 Duluth Photographer | Workshop Time

 

I am so excited I almost can’t sit still! This has been in the works for months and months and to me that feels like years.  Can you tell I am very happy about this?  So what is this you ask? I am holding a workshop with the fabulous girls with a camera. For you of those that don’t know what a workshop really is I’ll give you the short version.  For this one we are getting 9 awesome photographers together from WI, MN, ND, IL , IA and AZ ! Then we are adding the fantastic Wende Trew and Kandi LaMont as our teachers.  We will be shooting families, seniors, couples, and a few tweens. The participants will get group as well as one on one training while shooting sessions.  The best part is this workshop is going to be a retreat of sorts, we are all staying in 2 cabins on a Lake Nebagamon! Campfires and s’mores for all as we discuss shooting,  photo editing, and client interactions.  I am so excited to finally meet, in person, the great ladies I get to call my computer friends and soak up as much information as I can over the weekend. OK enough about me on to you guys!! I need your help. We need people to photographso  I am looking for

~two families (kids over 7 please) to let us practice on for the morning of Saturday June 25th at a location in Lake Nebagamon …a family with boy / girl  siblings is bonus  Duluth Photographer | Workshop Time

~two couples for sessions the morning of Sunday June 26th at a location in in Lake Nebagamon or Iron River (have to see how dry the locations will be ekkk)

~we are also looking for a tween boy (11-14 yrs old) for an evening session Sunday June 26th in Hawthorne

 

Ok the good stuff ……….<–that’s a drum-roll LOL !

For your participation you get to meet all my fabulous photography friends !!! Just kidding!!! Each participant will receive a minimum of 5 fully edited digital images with print release!

How to apply

Step 1: Do a happy dance

Step 2: click right here and fill out this lil’ form

Step 3: Cross your fingers while I try to decide between all the wonderful entries!!!

I will let you know by June 15th if you have been accepted.  If you do not hear from me I am sorry someone else was a better fit for our session. Don’t fret tho I have a feeling there will be more opportunities like this in the future. And now a big thank you for your interest and time!!!

 

I am so excited for this opportunity and I hope you will help me by spreading the word to all your friends and family.  I can say with full confidence that these photos will be amazing!!!

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 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 Duluth Senior Photography | Brittney

 

To see this full session visit the new senior website and click on the featured session tab…you won’t regret it!  Don’t forget about the awesome special that is happening now!!!  Get 50% off a June or July session if you book before the end of May….it’s that easy!

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Just a quick one. I have so many blog posts to write but alas I have got no time today. I hope the picture that made me do happy dances will do. There will be a lot more from this session soon.  Duluth Senior Photographer | Happy Dances

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I photographed Lakyn last week. Even though the session was beyond cold Lakyn was a trooper and we got some great images.  I’m pretty sure that smile lights up any room she walks through. Although she is not a senior she agreed to help me with some portfolio building before the busy season kicks in  There are a few more of these sessions in the works once the weather starts to cooperate more, and I am so excited for them all. Hope you enjoy my first girl “senior shots”.

 

 Duluth Senior Photography | Lakyn

 

 Duluth Senior Photography | Lakyn

 Duluth Senior Photography | Lakyn

 Duluth Senior Photography | Lakyn

 Duluth Senior Photography | Lakyn

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This year has been the best crazy wild ride I have ever been on! I could not be happier that I decided to dive in head first and chase my dreams of becoming a photographer. I have been shooting for 2 years as of this May and the last year and a half of starting my business has been a whirlwind of fun, excitement, and most of all learning. I have learned so many things throughout this journey that have changed the way I run my business and life.

#1 Listen to the voices in my head (LOL)

I started off photographing what I thought clients wanted to see. Once I started “shooting for me” and taking pictures of what made me want to do lil’ happy dances and processing in a way that made me feel all giggly and happy, I knew I had hit something. Since then, I have been working at developing my own style. I want my clients to trust in me that they will get images that mirror the ones on my blog and website and great new ones as my style grows and evolves. While I love to incorporate clients ideas and get creative with shoots, I am hesitant to shoot things that do not represent my work. Please never hesitate to share your ideas with me as I want to work together and find a balance between your wants and my ideas. Part of the fun is the challenge of working together on new ideas!

#2 My time is more valuable then anything you can pay me

I am by nature a people pleaser. I am a classic middle child: I want everyone mhappy, to like me, and most of all to keep the peace. I love to give, however after a lot of necessary giving at the start of my business I realized that my family was suffering and I was taking away from them and myself. On average I spend about 15-18 hours per a session from the first email to the delivery of products. That’s A LOT of time away from my lil’ ones for one session. Step one in the “new plan” limited number of sessions a month. I can’t get back these years with my babies! I put a lot of time and attention into each client’s session and want them to walk away not only having beautiful images to cherish, but a wonderful experience that they will remember for years. I truly believe that paying for Custom Photography might be a stretch on your family’s budget, but it is an investment well worth the effort. Photos of your family, children, and loved ones are NEVER a bad investment. These photos are family heirlooms that not only hold their value, but become irreplaceable memories that only grow in value.

#3 Getting to know you …..

I absolutely adore meeting new people. I want my clients to not only be customers, I want them to become my friends. I work hard at making clients feel comfortable with me and most of all in front of them camera. I am a goof and I want our session together to be fun. I love showing clients poses and making a fool of myself first so that they feel comfortable loosening up in front of the lens. Most of all I want my clients to enjoy the photo session as much as they love the pictures: it’s about the journey not just the end result.

#4 Being a photographer is hard work

Don’t get me wrong I love the work but it is defenitly not as glamorous as you think it would be. The part I love, the part that makes my heart race, and puts a smile on my face is only a tiny fraction of the whole job. Shooting clients (that’s the part I love) is actually the smallest fraction of my time spent on my business. There is marketing, editing, business planing and stratigizing, ordering and delivering, quick-books, and taxes!!! Never ever did I think that I would need to learn how to design websites or read computer code to be a photographer. Turns out I am really bad at those things, thus the disappearance of my old photography blog posts ..oppppsy! I’ll be re-blogging some of my favorite sessions over this winter. All in all tho that part of the job I love, the part that makes my heart sprout wings and soar, makes all the other necessary evils tolerable!

So in short I have learned a lot in a year and a half and hope to continue and grow. I strive to learn more everyday. There is one thing that I know for sure: I love being a photographer and I’m not going in anywhere anytime soon. Thank you to everyone for the support and help in this first year, it has meant the world to me to have friends, family, and clients who value what I have chosen to do.
Of course no post is complete without some pictures, your lucky I don’t have the external drive hooked up tonight…..
 Duluth Photographer |Diving in head first

Keep your eyes here for an exciting announcement …very soon and a contest! Can you say freebies:)

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