A Year of Thanks in a Week: Photographers


Never did I imagine that I would be where I am today. At all. And I know that it wouldn’t be possible without the help of other photographers. Without. a. doubt. Today I’m so thankful for all the photographers I have met and will continue to connect with.

Where do I even begin this post of thanking photographers? I guess I should dial it back to the beginning?

If you’re interested about my beginnings of this adventure, you can read them here. I have to give mad thanks to David Jay and Jasmine Star. They inspired me and showed me that it was possible.

I’m so thankful for sitting next to Lydia of Lydia Photography at the Free to Succeed Tour. My heart’s passion was reaffirmed in the conversation we exchanged and contact we’ve kept up. I’m thankful for Laura Stetser of Laura Lynne Photography for befriending me in the restroom. Yes, the restroom. Together, we briefly got to meet and chat with Jasmine Star. After this first seminar, my photographic life exploded.

I’m thankful for Jennifer Hosler of Candid Moments Weddings. She invited me to tag along on my first wedding. I’m thankful for Robert Her of nLighten Images who asked me to second shoot with him. I’m thankful Lilia Ahner of Lilia Photography for organizing the San Francisco Photographer’s Happy Hour. Turns out we went to the same high school! I’m thankful for having the opportunity of meeting mentors like Gene Higa and Ann Hamilton.

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I’m thankful to have met Tiffany Fosnight of Adeline & Grace Photography, Dia Rao, Laura Meyer, and Terra Tabbytosavit through Liana Lehman Hall’s workshop, Bananas EDU‘s Business Boot Camp. I’m thankful that Liana teaches all the not-so-fun stuff because photographers are not only artists, but we have to be business people as well.

I’m thankful for Lawrence Chan of Tofurious for teaching and sharing online marketing strategies. I’m thankful for photographers and leaders like Dane Sanders and [b]ecker who are creating and fostering photographic communities that are about sharing and giving so that we can all succeed. Being for each other. Check out Ask Dane and the [B] School.

I’m thankful for meeting and connecting with other photographers in person, like Scarlett Lillian, who recognized me at WPPI. (Also why it’s important to have a picture of yourself on your Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

I’m thankful for all the photographers that give and share. For the sake of giving and sharing. Seriously, y’all inspire me. I’m thankful for wonderful folks like Justin & Mary Marantz and Zach & Jody Gray, who I was lucky enough to meet in person at Pictage PartnerCon.

When I knew that I would be moving to Dallas and taking my fledgling photography business with me I was nervous about it. I had spent most of the year meeting and making friends with photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m thankful for my Bay Area photographer friends, Lisa Whalen, Chris & Sara Goetz, Rosaura Sandoval, and Dustin & Aimee Hatcher of True Beauty Photography.

I was overwhelmed with the fact that I would have to do it all again in Dallas. But the folks in Dallas have been nothing short of amazing. Special shout outs go to my new Dallas and Fort Worth base of photographer friends. I’d be a lost California girl without you! Karyn Kelbaugh, Maggie McDonald, Amy Karp, Jenna Cole, Jason Huang of Table4 Weddings, Cesar & Tanya of Perez Photography, Celina Gomez, Allison Davis, Stacy Reeves, Kari Crowe, Sheila Hannus, Ben & Chrys Q, Lynette J, Jared Rey,  and so many others… And I can’t forget my other Texans, Chasity of Studio 423 and Christine Tremoulet (love them hot dance biscuits!).

Oh! And I can’t forget my Twitter friends too! Shout outs to Whitney Elizabeth, Araxi, Heidi Ryder, Kim of Just Kim Photography, Jordana of Hazelnut Photography, Ala of Modern Type Photography, Jasmine Marie, and Melissa McClure. I love keeping up with the goings on of the photography world one tweet at a time.

I’m sure this list could go on and on, and I’m afraid I probably forgot some folks, which I do apologize for. I appreciate you! I feel so lucky and blessed to be a part of this amazing industry in which I can connect with people near and far and share ideas and where we support each other to succeed. Love it.

Thank you. Infinity-fold.


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  • Reply Celina Gomez 11.25.2009 at 12:02 pm

    Awww Catie you’re so sweet and thoughtful it’s hard not to fall in love with you as a person and an artist. I’m so excited about what is in store for you.

    Happy Thanksgiving 😉

  • Reply Laura Meyer 11.25.2009 at 2:01 pm

    Great Post Catie!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! I look forward to getting together with you at WPPI this year and catching up :)

  • Reply whitney elizabeth 11.25.2009 at 2:54 pm

    hope you and cent have an AWESOME first thanksgiving together!!! going to wppi again this year?? :)

  • Reply Lydia 11.25.2009 at 2:56 pm

    I’m so thankful to have met you all those years (can you believe it’s years plural??) ago! It has been amazing watching both you and your business grow! You encourage and inspire me!

  • Reply amy karp 11.25.2009 at 4:21 pm

    we are glad to have you here in Dallas…and I am very thankful to know you!!! :)

  • Reply Jared Rey 11.25.2009 at 5:18 pm

    I agree with Celina, it is hard not to enjoy your company. I am so glad I have had the opportunity to hang with you and meet you. What a fun journey of people you have met so far! You got a great future ahead and I am glad to have you around us in Dallas!

  • Reply ChrysQ 11.25.2009 at 5:35 pm

    you are so welcome in this place – we were thinking lunch soon – maybe when you get back from your holiday travels after December :)

  • Reply tiffany fosnight 11.25.2009 at 9:26 pm

    Catie… I am so happy to have met you also! You are such a sweet caring person and I cant wait to see you and your life take off in Dallas. Im so excited to see whats in store for you in the next few years… I know its great things! 😉

  • Reply maggie 11.27.2009 at 7:25 am

    Looking forward to spending more time with you! Happy Thanksgiving, Catie. :)

  • Reply Stephie 11.30.2009 at 9:11 pm

    comment #4. So what kind of canned goods are you going to donate? Soup? Corn? Tomato sauce?

  • Reply Scarlett Lillian 12.06.2009 at 2:03 pm

    Awww thank you for the thank you! You’re so sweet!

  • Reply Scarlett Lillian 12.06.2009 at 2:04 pm

    Ps. You should contact Heather Thorne. She’s one of my photog buddies in Dallas!

  • Reply Lilia Ahner 01.01.2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hey Catie! I just saw your shout out, thanks so much, so sweet! I hope that you and Cent are doing well in TX. Have a great 2010, maybe we’ll see you at WPPI this year. :)

  • Reply kwong 01.08.2010 at 3:58 pm

    It is nice to hear reflection, to listen and to remember how one get started and the journey to take…look forward to see more of your work

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