Kellee is a much loved member of our CLG communities and we are constantly inspired by her work and generosity in sharing in our groups.. so I’m thrilled to share her story with you today.
Like many women I know (myself included), Kellee looked to photography as something that was just for her. In the day-to-day busyness of raising kids, looking after our families and balancing work, it’s almost a craving to find something creative as at outlet.
I hope you enjoy reading her story and enjoy her gorgeous images!
Let’s meet Kellee…
Kellee lives in Fargo, North Dakota in the US. She is a mum of two grown up kids and two younger, and she runs both a home-day care company and photography business. It was an absolute pleasure chatting to Kellee and I know you’ll love this post!
I’ve always wanted to learn photography!
My first DSLR was a Canon 3ti that was given to me as a Christmas bonus from my last employer. I’d pick it up, take a few pics and then lay it down for months and/or years at a time. I always had other distractions getting in my way!
I’d run two half marathons in the months previous, which was my time to myself, but my body was NOT loving it. I was so sore and achy all the time and felt like I was 80 years old vs 42!
But I was in desperate need of something just for me, and a creative outlet. Luckily, photography isn’t typically as physical… not yet anyway! It also answered a burning need for a creative outlet.
So finally, at age 42, I decided enough was enough! I dove in October 2018 by taking the Click Love Grow Enthusiast Photography Course and haven’t looked back!
I feel so much more confident about my photos since taking the course, and I keep pushing myself harder and harder.
I love being able to control my camera and create the visions I have in my head straight away, as opposed to just snapping away cluelessly and hoping for the best!
It definitely fills my creative soul more than any activity ever has before. I’d never really been “great” at anything. I tended to pick things up quickly and become “good” but never amazing, but this feels different.
I had longed for a career that would be more creative and flexible, and it is now my dream that photography will get me to that place.
I turned my photography into a business right away and started Soul Tree Photography Studio. I would eventually like to be able to do it full time when my youngest goes to school.
But right now I have the best of both worlds! I love capturing children and I am blessed to have a home daycare full of the cutest kiddos around! So I get to practice on them, which furthers my skills even more.
My favorite part of the course was the dedicated private Facebook group that is created for the course. It’s so fun meeting fellow photographers and moms from all over the world. Getting to know them, and seeing their progress was definitely a highlight.
The lesson homework/challenges were always so much fun. Everyone comes up with such interesting takes on them, and that creative inspiration played a big part in my own development.
I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone, the Enthusiast Course exceeded my expectations!
Lou has such an amazing ability to communicate and help you understand those challenging concepts.
The lessons and critiques you receive on your images by Lou and her team of instructors are wonderful and I couldn’t recommend it more!
Many thanks to Kellee for sharing her story and her gorgeous photos with us! If you want to see more of her work, you can find her over here.
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