We wanted to let you get to know our speakers a little better before the conference begins! Up first is Kara Kamienski! You are all going to fall in love with this girl at the conference. Her smile, her laugh, her ability to see the humor in everything and her drive and passion are just a few of the things that we adore about this girl!
When did you launch your photography business?
I launched my photography business in May of 2010. I held a garage sale to earn money to buy a camera. I printed up business cards and passed them out at the garage sale. Yep, I printed business cards before I had a camera. That is the sheer definition of jumping off a building and learning to fly on the way down☺
Are you Nikon or Canon?
I consider myself above average intelligence. Therefore, I am a Nikon. HAH☺ just kidding☺
Mac or PC?
Steve Jobs is my celebrity crush. Love them turtlenecks. yum.
Favorite Lens & what’s in your bag?
My favorite overall is the 70-200 2.8. I just feel like a beast when I have it on☺ I carry the 70-200, the 24-70 2.8, 50 mm 1.4, 85 mm 1.4, and 65 mm 2.8. I also carry a backup 70-200 and a backup 24-70. Let’s be honest, it’s because I break my lenses like 5 times a year. Seriously. #getgoodinsurance
Who inspires you? (personally or professionally?)
Personally: God (for being amazing), my kids (for making me realize what life is about), Fergie (I really want her hair and body), my old students (I taught Special Education for 10 years- for their persistence), and those members of the Armed Forces who sacrifice so much for me.
Professionally: Bobbi & Mike, Deidre Lynn, My Four Hens
Facebook, the Bachelor, Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops
Favorite movie or book?
OBSESSED with the Divergent series. Favorite movie would definitely be Miss Congeniality.
Most embarrassing moment?
Oh, this is personal. I had to do fertility to be able to conceive both of my children. My first took 16 months- during which I had to take a supplemental medication. When I went back to my doctor team to try again, they were explaining my medications again. I responded that I remembered that one- and I assued him I swallowed one every day and night. The team looked horrified and then corrected me that this time around- I should probably read the instructions and insert the medication in the hoo-haa. So, yeah…swallowed about 150 pills that were supposed to be somewhere else. Nice.
Did you ever think photography would be your career?
No way. I hired my wedding photographer over the phone without even looking at an image because I literally knew that little about photography. I still get blown away that I ‘get’ to call this my job!
“Live in such a way that if anyone would speak badly of you, no one would believe it.”
Favorite junk food?
Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Easiest question yet- the Vatican.
If you could have any super power, which would you choose?
Insight. Extreme insight.
Any areas in your life that could use a “Reset?”
My health (I’m working on it- I just started training for a 5K!). My marriage (don’t we always need this). My spiritual path (again, a forever needing work path).
Favorite photograph you’ve taken?
any.single.picture I’ve taken of my kids.
What moves you?
my faith, my family, people who put others before themselves, the amazing generosity of people in wake of disasters
Have there been moments where you are photographing and you realize that this is bigger than yourself?
Absolutely. I’ve had the privilege of photographing a birth, a dad/husband returning from the war, and surprise reunions. Perhaps one of the biggest was the photos I shot of the tornado destruction in my neighborhood this past November.
You can view more of Kara’s work at www.karakamienskiphotography.com. Also…if you use the coupon code KARA50, you’ll receive $50 off of your registration! Woot woot!!
Kara, thank you for inspiring us daily. You’ve been a cheerleader for us in both our personal and professional lives. We are both so blessed to call you our friend. Our lives are so much richer with you in it. ~Bex and Kellie