Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ITS LAUNCH DAY! Our business is here!

Today is the day, friends. The day our business and website officially launch. Our website is complete, images are finalized, prices are set, and we are SO excited to be business owners. We've prayed for this for SO long and I can't even explain to you how much love has been put into this (by so many people, not just Caleb and I), and I can't thank everyone enough. The support, encouragement and love sent our way has been so amazing! So thankful for one of our best friends (who doubles as our SIL), Erin, for making our incredible logo! We're just so grateful to get to do what we love!

So friends, HERE IT IS! ENJOY!

I also wanted to share the blog post below that I posted on our website, for those of you who are interested in our back story, or if you just need a distraction from work. We hope you'll tune in and give us all the virtual high fives from wherever you are today. We are so thankful for you!
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Welcome to Kayla & Caleb! We're Cincinnati based wedding & portrait photographers! We're so incredibly thankful to be starting this business together. This dream has been a long time in the making and we're so grateful it's finally here! If you've got some time, kick back with some hot tea, get your favorite box of cookies out, and read on!

I'm Kayla. When I was just a young teenager, I had dreams of becoming a photographer. I thought I wanted to work for National Geographic and photograph animals and see the world (those things still do sound a bit appealing). All I had to work with at the time was an original Wide Polaroid and my Motorola Razr flip phone, but I made it work. I would photograph anything I could see and anyone that would let me. I grew to love photography even more, and the passion only got stronger as I grew up. Fast forward a few years to post-high school life, when I reconnected with Caleb. We were young, and we fell in love FAST. We spent our evenings watching bad TV, and eating way too much ice cream. When we came home from school, I turned 20 and he gifted me my first DSLR (cue the tears and ridiculous happy dancing), and that's when everything clicked.

Just kidding. I really wasn't very good; I'll be honest! I had no idea what I was doing, but people didn't care because I had a passion for it. I slowly taught myself what I needed to know about my camera and did free sessions for years. I always had dreams of owning my own business, but always thought that dream was too big and that self employment was truly not in the cards for me.

After Caleb and I got married in 2013, he started to pick up my camera here and there to document our lives. He was a true natural and he really had an eye for it! He started to love it and joined me on one of my first weddings for fun, almost just to pass the time. Turns out he was pretty stinkin' good! A few months after our OWN wedding, our amazing photographers took us to dinner and they asked us to join their business as "Associate Photographers" (cue more tears and ridiculous happy dancing). What?! I couldn't believe it. My dreams finally felt within reach.

We happily accepted their offer and worked under their company for over 3 years, photographing 100+ weddings and meeting lots of new people. The experience and knowledge they gave us was invaluable. We learned a lot, and really honed in on our natural style of photography (raw, emotional, timeless and FUN) within the last year. We've grown so much over the last 3+ years, but neither of us could shake the feeling it was time to for a new adventure. We prayed about it, thought of so many reasons it could potentially fail, and then decided to just punch fear in the face and GO FOR IT. Our pastor once told us "you can what-if your dreams to death, but you'll never know until you try", and that was such a light bulb moment for us. We knew it was time to start our own business! So here we are, as "Kayla & Caleb".

We get such a unique opportunity as photographers; to witness and be part of some of the most intimate moments of our clients lives! It's truly an experience we don't take for granted. We can't wait to meet all of you, and start this adventure together. We want to give our clients an experience they'll never forget.

Caleb and I love what we do, and we can't wait to show you just how much!
Stay tuned for more fun!

21 comments:

  1. YAY! I love it! It's so perfect! CONGRATULATIONS!

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  2. Woo hoo it is here!!!!!! Happy launch day!! The website is BEAUTIFUL and I am just SO pumped/proud of you both!!!! Y'all are going to do great things!! Congrats to you both! :)

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  3. Love it!! So happy for you guys, can't wait to see it take off...and if you ever venture to STL and want to photograph here, I know a few people who would love to help you out :)

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  4. My heart is just so happy for you friend. I might have woken up and checked my feed to see if it was live yet. It looks absolutely beautiful and is a true display of your amazing skills and what you will be offering to your clients. I wish I lived closer and could have you do my maternity pictures. 2017 is going to be an amazing year for you guys. YAY YAY YAY!

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  5. So exciting!!! I loved reading your backstory. :)

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  6. Starting your own business is a BIG DEAL! Congratulations to you both!!!

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  7. Huge congrats to you guys! So are you quitting your jobs and doing this full time, then? That is awesome and the site looks so great!

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  8. Way to go!!! The whole site is beautiful and totally you!!

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  9. Congratulations on your new adventure!

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  10. YAY!! Congrats to you both! This is huge. Now please come photograph my life.

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  11. Wahooooo!!! :) So excited for you guys and what 2017 will bring ya!

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  12. Congratulations, you two! I know you are both up for the challenging and rewarding adventure! :)

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  13. Kayla... I am DYING over this. I am so proud of you and Caleb. What a blessing your talent is for yourselves and for families.

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  14. Congratulations!!! What an exciting day for you guys!!! I know you are going to have amazing success with your business!

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  15. Congrats to you both! I love the new site!

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  16. Congrats sweet friend!! The website looks amazing!

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  17. i know i am super behind, but seriously, huge congrats to you both! this is amazing!

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  18. So awesome! Congrats, so excited for you two :)

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Thanks for your comments, I read and respond to every single one of them! :) Excited to get to know you!