It is with great pleasure to introduce my next interview with Katie Decker of Laura Catherine Photography. Katie and I met almost 2 years ago and became fast friends. I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of working with Katie on her business branding and most recently, her wedding paper design (she’s getting married in April!). Katie has helped me build this blog and website, photograph my portfolio work and overall offer advice, support and love when launching yourself into the world as a creative entrepreneur. Thank you Katie, you inspire me to no end.
1. Tell us about yourself and where you’re located.
- Hi there! My name is Katie Decker. I am a photographer, editor, graphic designer, vintage junkie and sometimes I dabble in website design. I love ice cream, Italian food, and my giant Labrador -Yellah Dog. I’m originally a Texas girl, but I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia.
2. What is your business and what sets you apart from others?
- I own Laura Catherine Photography and I am a vintage curator at Inherit Supply on Etsy. I believe in doing what you love completely and fully. I think my ability to wear so many hats, has given me the advantage of a seeing things in a different light. I can use my passion for vintage and design in my photographs and vice versa. It really helps to cultivate my eye.
3. What is your passion in life and/or business?
I feel blessed everyday to get up in the morning and do what I do. That in itself gives me happiness and passion. But, my true passion is film photography. You really have to slow down and focus on what you’re doing- I just love that.
4. What brings you ultimate joy and inspiration?
I think my ulitmate inspiration are my friends, family, and surroundings. But, my favorite thing to do is go for a walk with my dog and fiance. It really helps to clear the mind and give way to some great inspriation.
5. Who are your dream customers/clients?
I really love clients who completely hand over their trust to me. It really shows their faith in my skill or product. Personally, I do my best work with these types of clients as my creativity knows no bounds.
6. What has been one of your biggest lessons or challenges as an
entrepreneur, and how did you learn from it?
I’m a competitive person by nature, so I am guilty of constant comparison. For me, that has been my biggest challenge by far. It took me a good year of anxiety and stress, to realize that I cannot compare myself to others and their successes. I learned to slow way down and take my time with everything and trust in God that he knows when it’ll be my turn. Since then, life has been a lot easier and a lot more fun!
7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now?
To be honest, I’m not sure. There are so many different directions I could go. My goal is to be in a different Southern city and maybe travelling more. I love learning about other cultures and documenting my adventures through my lens.
8. If you had 30 seconds in an elevator with your role model, who
would it be and what would you say?
I have a few role models, but my ultimate role model is Tec Petaja. He’s a film photographer out in Nashville and will be photographing my upcoming wedding. So, I guess if I were to meet him in an elevator, I’d say, “Thank you for inspiring me to become something more and do something more with my life.”
9. If money was no issue, where would you be and what would you be doing?
- Oh, geez, so tough! Well, I’d split my time travelling between Texas, Charleston and Italy. My dream is to own a little flat in Tuscany and a historic home in Charleston in the French Quarter. Oh, and I’d probably by another camera.
10. Any words or wisdom you would like to share with others looking
striving to become their dream?
- Don’t be too hard on yourself- it’s a steep hill that we have to climb and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the big picture. Take it one day at at time and find people you admire and look up to. Surround yourself with them- they will encourage and inspire you. And, know that everyone has their own path. It’s very easy to compare yourself to others and measure their success to your own. Try not to let that influence you- your time will come.
I am currently listening to: Trent Dabbs and The Lumineers
My favorite book: anything by Pablo Neruda
My favorite tool: Contax 645
My favorite quote: from my dad, “better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick…”