Posts tagged Personal
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. 

Over the past few months I have been going back and forth on why I don't paint my toe nails. No, for real! It's not that I never paint them (probably 2 or 3 times a year) and it's not that I have some type of profound reason for not doing so, I just don't. I remember a conversation I had the day of my high school graduation with a friend of mine. There were tons of friends and family at my house getting ready to head to my graduation and I was getting ready. I wanted to look great! As I was almost ready, I made a casual comment, in the room where all of my friends and family were sitting, about maybe I should paint my toenails for the occasion. My friend looked down at my bare toenails and after looking back up at me he said, "Uhhhh. Yeah, you should." Ha!

It sounds so crazy, but in the past few months I have really been thinking about why I don't paint my toe nails... why I don't put on much makeup, if any anymore... why I want everything I own to be the color white. Doesn't that make me what people refer to as a "plain Jane?" Or boring?  Or worse... am I just lazy?

Laziness is what really got me. Am I lazy?! As I really took a step back and began thinking (I know, I know. When do I stop?) about it... it isn't laziness.. it's style. It's my style.

I am the girl who doesn't clip her toenails. I file every. single. one. to have the perfect edge. I soften, buff and shine my toenails. I do a cuticle treatment on them often! A cuticle treatment!! (Judging here is completely acceptable.)  I am not lazy. I am picky. I like things to be clean, fresh and true to their most natural form. The same applies to my makeup routine. I am not lazy. I just don't like the bright colors, or looking drastically different with it on or off. I like the real thing.

Style is something that I have really been growing in lately. It's not a matter of editing my wardrobe or even buying more clothes. I am growing in the sense of learning and embracing who I am and what I consider my style in life, in my business and even in my makeup regimen.

"What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect
and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
-Anna Quindlen
The Grass

Somehow we have bought into the lie that the grass is greener on the other side; the other side of the situation, the other side of the person you married, the other side of your career or the other side of the street. We have come to take hold of the belief that if we only had a different career, lived in a different neighborhood, or hadn't married the "wrong person" things would be different. They would be better.

These little lies compound us until one day we find ourselves pursuing that other side only to realize that the grass is not greener. In fact, it's either dead or thriving off of horse manure.

My mind has been settled on these thoughts lately. What is the cure for this tragedy that we all experience at one time or another? For me, it's Philippians 4:6-8.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.

If my current situations are undesirable, pray. If my thoughts stray to believe that the other side is greener, chasten it with truth. Think on those things that are lovely, pure, true, right, excellent, praiseworthy, admirable and noble. And let's be a people that water our own grass.
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. 
So Far 2014
Things have been so exciting and seem to be moving so fast. I love it. In just a few months, I feel like Kaylie B. Poplin Photography has grown and experienced things I was not expecting, but definitely worked hard to achieve.

I have had the intense privilege of meeting so many neat people in this industry.
It so neat how life has been molding into something that I never imagined it would, and I think a lot of my friends, who are photographers as well, would say the same thing. I have enjoyed learning and developing friendships with graphic designers, stylists, florists, magazine editors, and other film photographers.

Which brings me to my next point…

Film Photography.
I hate talking about money. I am the one who bolts out of the room when you start talking numbers. It has taken so much growth on my end to charge people for my services. Not just charging people either, but charging people for what I feel I am worth. What does this have to do with film photography? It is expensive. Very expensive. But the rewards of it is absolutely priceless to me. The feel, the aesthetic, the colors, and the emotion are what I have been searching for in my photography for the past few years and couldn't put my finger on it. So, if you wonder why my prices are what they are, here’s your answer. I am confident in the photos I make now. I am confident that the quality I receive when I shoot film is something that will be timeless to you. That’s what I am wanting more than anything.. for you to hold in your hand not just another photo of yourself, but something that was thought through and calculated... timeless... and absolutely beautiful.

Which brings me to my next point…

Cory. This guy couldn't be more supportive if he tried. He couldn't be more encouraging to the business. He is the one that pushes me and challenges me. He is the one that helps me make the “business decisions” that I don’t like making. He entitled himself my “CFO” the other day and it couldn't be more accurate. He is the one who invested into this business financially when I couldn't. I wouldn't be this far ahead this year if it weren't for his wisdom and support, for sure.

Getting Published.
This is a goal and an achievement. Earlier this year Nikita’sglamorous gold dress shoot was featured on the wedding blog, Coastal Bride.  Coastal Bride has absolutely beautiful features and I was honored to be among them!

As many of you know, earlier this year I had a new logo done by Dawn Alderman. I love it. It is timeless and in her words a mix of European flare. Along with that, I have other branding materials in the works that I can’t wait to reveal to you soon!

So many great things are going on! As my CFO would say, "The best is yet to come."
The Small Things

Life is made up of the small things. 

1. I believe simple is elegance and elegance is simple.
2. I love the sound of ceiling fans. 
3. If I had a dream house or studio, it would be a beach cottage.
4. Film photography.
5. Natural light.
6. Less is more. Always.
7. Spring and Summer is what I look forward to year around.
8. The smell of coconut.
9. Clean feet.
10. The 30 minutes before sunset.
11. Mornings.
12. Europe and Africa. 
13. Saltwater.
14. A healthy lifestyle. 
15. The color white. 
16. Anything tropical.
17. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
18. Wild flowers. 
19. Windows rolled down. 
20. Cleanliness. 

"The glory of God is man fully alive." St. Irenaeus