Today we’d like to introduce you to Katelyn Mallett.
Katelyn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Hi there! I’m so stoked about this interview. I’m a full-time wedding photographer of almost 6 years. My journey began in college, where I went to school for Developmental Psychology and Studio Art, planning on pursuing Art Therapy. I started taking portraits of friends for class, and quickly knew that I was headed in a different direction than I had previously imagined for my life.
Once graduation rolled around, I was photographing a few weddings here and there and whoever else would get in front of my camera. That was 5 years ago. I am now a full-time wedding photographer servicing all of New England. I get to celebrate with the most in-love people on their happiest day ever and create photographs to preserve all of the memories they make. It really is a dream job, and I’m so thankful to be where I’m at now!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think to start a business is ever a smooth journey, but I do think a lot of people believe it is. That’s a dangerous mentality to have and can easily result in a business that isn’t sustainable or profitable. You don’t necessarily need to go slow with your business, but go smart. A lot of self-employed people are their own CEO, CFO, secretary, accountant, etc. That’s a lot of shoes to fill, and it can get hectic and downright stressful. Understand this. Self-care is so important, and acknowledging that you can’t do everything at once and that’s okay, is imperative to being successful. Surround yourself with individuals that support and encourage you and know that you’re not alone. There are so many amazing business women out there to look up to. Use those resources!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Katelyn Mallett Photography – what should we know?
The most important thing to me is creating an amazing experience for my clients. From the first email to the delivery of their photos and keeping in touch way after the wedding day has ceased, I want my couples to trust in me, and consider me a friend, not a vendor. I pride myself in upholding that expectation, and honestly just having an amazing time with the people that choose me to photograph such an important time in their lives.
When couples book me, they’re not only choosing my images but deciding that they want to spend their whole wedding day with me. I focus on sharing the personal side of my life with my clients so they can decide if we’re a good match. It’s important to me to find “my people” and my couples know that is a key part of my brand.
Visually, my style is a bit moody, with punchy colors and lots of emotion. I shoot images that are romantic and candid, with fine art in mind. My couples often comment on my documentary style, and my attention to little details on wedding days.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
My mother, of course, is number one. She’s always encouraged me and stood behind my decisions, and provides me with helpful feedback and understanding on anything I’m struggling with in my business. Love you, mom!
I draw a lot of inspiration from other photographers in the wedding industry because it can be a pretty cutthroat place. I believe wholeheartedly in a community over competition, and follow those who share that mentality as well. Kristen Kaiser, Jenna Kutcher, Jenn of Darling Photography, and India Earl to name a few.
I’m inspired by women who approach the world in the same way as me. Real people who are more than just their gorgeous images. Instagram is not real life, and it’s so easy to forget that. I appreciate the ladies that post that they’re on the third cup of coffee or the moms who put spending time with family above attending an industry event. The photographers who share their love of board games or weird foods with the world. The women who are unapologetically themselves, those are the ones I’m inspired by.
- Website: www.katelynmallettphotography.com
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Katelyn Mallett Photography