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barbie | edmonton boudoir photographer

When we sold our house 2 months ago, I really didn’t know what I was going to do about a shooting space (I had a home-based studio).  If you go back to my last post, I talk about everything that’s been going on, and let me tell you– it’s been a whirlwind!  But I’m sooo happy to report that I now have a temporary home for Katch Studios, and it comes along with some great perks too!  For anyone that follows my work, you’ll know that I work regularly with the talented ladies at Sen Studios (makeup and hair) and that they’re also my beautiful sisters-in-law.  They’ve been generous enough to let me sub-lease a small part of their space for a few days per month so that I can continue to shoot some boudoir.  I really couldn’t ask for a more beautiful, perfect space– and the fact that they’re set up there to do the hair & makeup styling for all my clients really just sealed the deal.  I’m really looking forward to sharing this space with them as anyone that knows us, knows we are all already pretty inseparable 😉

So before I booked any actual clients in this new space, I wanted to make sure that it was going to work for me, so I set up a fun little styled shoot last week.  With help from my gorgeous friend Barbie who modelled for me with very little notice (thanks friend!!) and my talented collaborator Sunita of Sen Studios doing the hair & makeup, we had the best time and it confirmed to me all of the shooting potential of this new space.  I’m a total creature of habit and the thought of doing so many shoots in a new studio was pretty daunting.  I’ve shot hundreds of clients out of my old space and had a rolodex in my head of poses and ideas that I could always fall back on, but I was also starting to feel very stunted in my growth and was losing inspiration which is so important to a creative person.   Being there felt really refreshing and I’m looking so forward to a new year and a fresh look!  I’m also going to be trying something different (and kinda scary)– no bed!  I wanted to really be able to explore the space and having a bed in there would’ve really limited my options.  It’s going to force me to step outside my comfort zone and come up with a different look that’s not traditional boudoir… and that’s exactly what I’m challenging myself to create 🙂

I wanted to thank everyone that’s been patiently waiting for me to get my stuff together– I’m so humbled every day by the amount of support and love I get from you all.  I know that there’s so many other options out there, and the fact that anyone is willing to wait for me just blows my mind and warms my heart.  I look SO forward to photographing each of you in this new space and hope you’ll love what we create together.  XOXO.

*Since I’m only subleasing this space a certain amount each month, bookings will be limited to certain dates only.  I’ll be contacting the people on my wait list first and then will be opening up bookings after that.  Please feel free to email me if you wish to book a session or if you have any questions 🙂  If you’re interested in a spot in one of our upcoming Boudoir Marathons, please stay tuned to my Katch Studios Facebook Page, as that’s where I always announce new dates (none have been announced just yet but will be soon).

Natalie Schutz wondering if I could be put on a waiting list for a session? I can put a deposit down as well.

Thank u so much

Wonderland Boudoir The best thing that happened to me to today was finding your blog. I am happy that you were able to sub-lease with your in-laws. Your photos in this space are absolutely beautiful. I have a studio and have no bed. I think you will get used to it and find creative ways around it!

http://www.wonderlandboudoir.com/blog

kat wow thanks so much Wonderland Boudoir!! I’m so glad you found me!

Lethbridge Boudoir I love your work, I’ve been following you for a while now, and your stuff is great! I’m down in Lethbridge, and I just recently moved into a new studio space from a home studio so I know how stressful that can be, don’t worry you’ll work all the kinks out, again great job! Cheers! Katie

kat Thanks so much Katie– I really appreciate you taking the time to say that! It’s definitely a change (and I’m a creature of habit!) but I do love it so far 🙂 Good luck with your studio too!! xoxo

Kerensa Hey Kat!
I’m in BC and have been following your work for over a year now!! Love the “new” look! I adore the one on the wall that’s just her with lots of negative space…no distractions 😉 all the best, Kerensa

Jodi O Gorgeous work, thanks for sharing!

Glorinha Ribeiro Awsome! Very beautiful photos

Boudoir Guadalajara Love the post processing, is it VSCO? can you share what are you using?
congratulations.
cheers from fellow Mexican boudoir photographer

in transition… | Edmonton boudoir photographer

 

So as some of you may already know, I’ve been trying to sell my home for the past couple of months.  After years of debating, my husband and I came to decide that we wanted to take the leap and build our “forever home” (still here in Edmonton), and in order to do that, we had to sell our current home and then move into a temporary rental until the new one was built, because the whole process of building a home these days takes just over a year.  I’m happy to say that as of a couple of days ago, our house is sold (yay!) which means step 1 in our plans is now complete.  Here’s where it gets interesting though…

For any of my wedding/lifestyle clients, this won’t affect you at all.  But for anyone looking to book a boudoir session, because I have a home-based studio, I’ll now be without a place to shoot out of for the time being.  My immediate plans for the next couple of months are to pack up and move, get settled in, and then figure out a studio space as soon as I can.  This unfortunately means that I won’t be able to book any boudoir sessions for the new year until I have a new temporary studio space sorted out.  When that will be exactly, I’m really not sure.  All I do know is that I likely won’t even have a chance to look into spaces for  at least another month or 2.  So for anyone looking to book a boudoir session, all I can do at this point is put your name on a wait list and contact you once I have a space worked out.  I’ll also be sure to make an announcement here on my blog and on the Katch Studios Facebook Page as soon as I can book new boudoir marathon dates.

I’m so sorry for any inconvenience this may pose for anyone that’s been eagerly awaiting my calendar to be opened up again for bookings!  By making this decision to move, I knew I’d really be flipping my whole life upside down since my business is so integrated into my home.  It’s going to be a very crazy year of transition for me, but I’m hoping that by the end of it all, I’ll be settled in to our new home complete with the built in studio I’ve always dreamed of.  It was a leap I’ve been so scared and hesitant to make because I knew I’d be giving up my very comfortable home studio and heading in to a year of unknowns, but I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to continue taking pictures and booking sessions very soon, and that in the end, I’ll be relaunching a bigger and better Katch Studios!

Thank you in advance for all your support and patience!  I always say I’ve got the best clients a girl could ever ask for and I hope to be able to work with many more of you this year!

If you’d like to put your name on my wait list, just send me an email or click on the “connect” tab in the menu bar above.  Like I mentioned, I don’t have any definite answers on when I’ll be able to start taking bookings again, but I promise to email you as soon as I have  a new studio space lined up.  My hope is that it’ll be business as usual again by Feb or March.

Thanks again everyone and happy holidays!!

Miranda Congrats Kat!! Such a big move and I’m sure the timing is just right – everything happens for a reason right?! Looking forward to seeing your new space! Enjoy this ‘time off’ (as busy as it might be in other areas).

Chandra How do I book a lifestyle shoot?

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new branding | edmonton boudoir photographer

For about a year now I’ve been struggling to find myself through my branding.  For those of you that are photographers too, you can probably relate– in those first couple years of business you’re really just flying by the seat of your pants.  After a couple years, those first business cards you designed, that website you put together, the packaging you use for your products… maybe just isn’t cutting it anymore.  And if you’re me– you spend countless hours in front of your computer obsessing and fiddling around until one day it all just comes together (admitted Type A personality here).  This post is just to share with you some details in case any of you too, are branding junkies and would like a little more behind-the-scenes info 🙂

Thanks to Photoshop and some inspiration from Pinterest,  I first designed a new logo and business card for myself.  It was tricky!  Trying to encapsulate everything that is “Katch Studios” into one little design was not easy– but in the end, it couldn’t be more perfect– right down to the fact that the wood grain background is inspired by the white wood floors in my studio!  I think the new branding is everything I love and strive to represent in my photos: chic & modern, but with touches of rustic & romantic.  I then took my design and got my cards ordered from Jukebox.com — they did such an amazing job with the gold foil printing of my logo– I nearly jumped for joy when I first opened the box!  Then as a fun little DIY finishing touch project, I spray-painted the edges gold myself and saved a bit of money.  Find me on Instagram (“katgill_”) to see a bit more on how I did it.

And from there, I used this new design to update everything across the board with a similar look- my website, blogs and all the packaging I use for my products.  I hope you’ll take a second and check out the new looks here:  www.katchstudios.com  I’d love to hear what you think!

XOXO,

 

 

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