Posts tagged Business
2014 | A Year In Review

Wow. Is 2014 really over already? It's okay. I don't mind! ;) (But more about that in a second.) As I look back on the milestones passed and successes, it slows it down in comparison.

2014 was a year of development, firsts & amazing friendships.

I felt like 2014 was a joyous balance on a thin string, or a journey of learning how to walk on my own again. There was strength to stand, uncertain times when I would fall, followed by sheer determination and curiosity that led me to get back up.

In 2014, Kaylie B. Poplin Photography was published on wedding blogs for the first time- both nationally and internationally. I discovered new mediums of photography that I fell in love with. I developed friendships with people in the industry that challenge me, bring much joy and tons of support.

2014 was a year of developing the art of styled shoots. It has been so exciting putting together a shoot of ideas that were mere dreams at one time with incredible vendors.

I learned what I liked and what I don’t like. I learned what things inspire me and bring out my most authentic work. I saw small glimpses of the type of work that I am made to create and who I want to be as a business owner. Actually, I didn’t discover who I was and what inspires me this past year, as much as I recovered what that is. As I look back, I notice that growing up I always had a white room, with white décor and florals splashed around. To this day, those are the things I love. It took a little rediscovery to realize I have loved those things all along. 

I got engaged in 2014! (You can read more here!) This was a huge milestone on a personal level and even, professional level.

Since September, I have been planning a wedding with my fiancé. For the first time, I understand engagements and weddings in a whole new way. I have never been an over the top wedding person. I always dreamed of eloping. Now that I am planning an intimate wedding- my wedding- and I have a whole new appreciation for the brides that contact me. I understand where they are and where they are going on a personal level. That has grown me the most. I also have a clearer vision of the type of weddings I want to photograph. 

There is something about an intimate, purposeful and meaningful wedding that stirs deep in my soul. There is something about a couple who is planning more for their marriage than their wedding day, that I connect so deeply with. Those are the types of weddings that I was made to photograph.

If there is one word that I envision 2015 being about it would be the word solidify. 

I believe this year I will solidify who I am as a business owner, who I am as a photographer, and who I am as a person. 

Cheers to another year! :)
Values | Kaylie B. Poplin Photography

Today is a great day for a few reasons. One- As I am writing this, I am sitting on the porch looking out to the water and the weather feels wonderful outside! Two- A picnic with Cory is planned for tonight. And three- I received head shots from Jennifer Blair today that rocked my world. She is UBER talented. When I knew that it was time to have photos made that represent my brand, she was the one that I had to have. With all of these exciting things, plus new brand photos in my email, I decided it was time to write a blog that has been mulling in my heart for the past few weeks. 

A business is based on many things, but I believe the things that separate it, not only from other businesses but separate priorities from distractions, are values. 

Over the past two weeks I have sat down and really searched myself for the things that I want my business to represent and be a reflection of. Out of that time, prayer and digging deep, these are the things that I want Kaylie B. Poplin Photography to be grounded in and built upon. 

i. People
The person you are is unique. Every dimple, piece of hair, smile, laugh, and personality is beautiful. You being wholly who you are inspires my work.

ii. Christ
Jesus. He is the reason for my life. He’s ultimate Artist, the richest of Loves and the Author of every living thing.

iii. Quality
An object of quality is almost always composed of that which is timeless. Photographs are the timeless heirlooms that tell a story, your story, for years to come.

iv. Truth
Truth tells the raw story; the unedited version. Truth is the layer on which history and legacy are built. My photographs tell your story. The most beautiful stories are always the most truthful ones.

v. Beauty
Beauty can be looked over due to the demands of the every day. My duty is to freeze moments of beauty, not just in the finished product of a photograph but in the experience of being photographed also. 
Creating Inspiration

If you can imagine, being a photographer involves a lot of creativity. Inspiration for creativity is not easy to come by. It is quite extensive and challenging. How can this be? We have at the end of our fingertips access to sites, such as Pinterest, that are booming with inspirational sayings, ideas and photos. 

But that is not creativity. 

Creativity is something deeper. It is something that comes from within and expresses itself outwardly through an art-form such as dance, writing, painting, designing and for me, photography.