January Self Portrait

I have been working on so many behind the scene things for Katie McCaw Photography.  Thank goodness for Shawn, my personal businessman who has been doing a lot of paperwork and excel sheets.  I of course have been helping him but mostly doing the behind the scene crafty and fun stuff.   If you followed my old blog you know that I like to update and track my life too.  I don’t want to separate my business and my personal life because although there will be times to separate, the blog is where I share a little of everything.  I want people to “know” me before they hire me.

With that said, I took on a challenge for taking a picture every day for a year in 2011. Let’s just say that idea was not my best and I gave it up after about 13 days.  If I can’t take a meaningful picture why bother? So I stopped bothering.   I haven’t given up completely and I have been working extra hard at working on documenting my life.  I am keeping that promise.  Another thing I’m taking on with other photographers is a self portrait of myself once a month.  The purpose behind the photo a month thing is to document a little of my life from that month.  A year is such a long time even though it goes by so fast.  I love looking at pictures from a year ago and see how much things have changed.

So, here is January.  This was taken right after our wedding…Shawn and I checked into our hotel on our honeymoon and we were in heaven.  We went from cold January to warm January in a matter of a four hour plane ride.  It was the best thing ever to get way in January.  Everyone has been telling us that this has been the worst winter in years. People have told me they been sick nonstop, depressed, and dreading the cold.  In all honesty, we have not been sick (except for a cold on the honeymoon!), not been bummed out, and have been enjoying the snow storms (more on that in another post!).  We blame all of our good luck on our vacation, wedding, and all that vitamin D we soaked up on our trip.

Amelia | St. Louis Newborn Photographer | Eureka, MO

Little Amelia was born on January 18th and was all of 5 pounds 14 ounces.  Megan and Chris are pretty relaxed parents so far and it is so good to see how well she has just jumped into their lives. I can tell Amelia and I will be good friends already.  She was so cute for her shoot and smiled for me in a few of her shots.  Amelia was making us all laugh during her shoot because of the positions this girl gets comfortable in is so funny.  Amelia was breech so her feet go straight out.  Sometimes she looks like a frog and sometimes she looks like an Olympic gymnast who can touch ther toes to her head without bending her legs.  There are a few pictures below that show what I’m talking about.  I just love this one right below where Megan and Chris are looking at one another.  I think it’s so cute and will be a good way for them to remember what their first week of parenthood was like.  They will need some pictures to help them remember…from what I’ve heard, it goes by so fast.  😉

My favorite.  I just love Amelia’s eyes and the bokeh in the photo is to die for. Bokeh is photography talk, but I couldn’t help but writing it out loud.  I am just in love with this picture.  That quilt was Amelia’s great grandma’s quilt I believe…which makes the picture even more special since Amelia was named after her.

If her first week  is any indicator of how happy of a baby she is, I think Megan and Chris will be good to go for awhile.  Doesn’t she look so happy and content?  I made a quick little video with a few of the images from the Maternity shoot and well as her Newborn shoot.  You can click the video to make it bigger.

Amelia from Katie Stasiak on Vimeo.

Amelia from Katie Stasiak on Vimeo.

Amelia Sneak Peek | St. Louis Baby Photographer | Eureka, MO

Megan had her baby on Tuesday and came home with little Amelia on Friday.  Amelia was a perfect little thing today during her shoot and is just a doll.  I keep describing her as a doll, because she really looks like one!  I told Megan I would try to get her a picture up by tonight so it would hold her over until the rest are edited and ready to go.

Speaking of sneak peeks, now that I have a facebook page for Katie McCaw Photography, I might not upload a lot of sneak peeks on the blog.  If you look to the left of the blog, you will notice some sidebars.  That’s where you can click and visit the Katie McCaw Photography facebook page.

Our Wedding Pictures!

I promise to one day, post my wedding story.  My goodness, is there a story to tell.  Until then, you can check out the pictures to see the story.

J.Grace Photography was our photographer for our wedding and we are in love with them!  Jessica captured the day perfectly and I could not ask for more.  Everyone, and I mean everyone, asked me who my photogrpaher was.  “How did you choose if you’re a photographer yourself?”  “Did you give her a long list of the shots you wanted?”  “Are you going to be able to let go of the camera for your wedding”?  Seriously, I trusted Jessica.  How did I choose her?  I grew up with her.  Did I give a crazy long list?  I don’t believe in those.  How did I let go?  Her work speaks for itself.

Jessica’s creativity and relaxed personality blew us away and we were at ease the whole day.  Even after it stormed all morning, a tornado had hit, and the road to the reception was closed!  Jessica and Lee kept their cool and did what they do.

For the full pictures go here, find Katie and Shawn and then the password is “stasiak”.  I will warn you it will take you all kinds of crazy time to go through them!  If you want to just skip to the nitty gritty go here for the blog post.  I won’t post any pictures (which is so unlike me!) because I want you to visit her blog and the proofing site. I will post a few of my favorite pictures when I get them on a cd.  If not on this website, then on my facebook page, so add me as a friend if we aren’t already.  Enjoy!

Katie Stasiak to Katie McCaw

When I began getting paid for what was once only a hobby, I designed a website, and had to come up with a name to call myself.  I went through all kinds of names and brainstormed with others and the only thing that felt right was, Katie Stasiak.  Katie Stasiak was my name and if I was selling anything other than that…it just didn’t feel right.  I know there are a lot of photographers out there with cute names other than their own personal name, but for me it just didn’t feel right.  So I went with Katie Stasiak and knew that I would have to change things over to something else one day.   I know a lot of people thought I was crazy to change everything over to “Katie McCaw” after I had worked so hard to make my name known.  My answer is….It’s just feels right.  It feels right to just be me, to sell me, and to believe that my old clients will follow me and new ones will find me.  Plus this is my first official everything.  It’s the first time that I have been truly proud of my website and logo.  I can grow with this.

Does this make me nervous?  Am I a little afraid that people won’t find me?  Yes.

Just when I got to being really worried I launched this website last night.  Today, I woke up to find a new email from someone interested in my photography and they found me through my new website. Relief.  It’s just sign that things will work out.

I’m taking a chance.

I have been wanting to make a new logo for over a year.  So I started.  I emailed friends and asked them their opinion.  What did I want?  I wanted something classic, kind of simple, fun…and me.  I think I got what I worked so hard on.  I love it.  The best compliment I got from launching this site was a past client saying, “it’s so you”.  That was what I was going for. That was really the ultimate compliment.

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I am hopeful that even with Katie Stasiak business cards floating around that people will find me.  I have met some awesome people through photography…people that were strangers and are now friends.  I can’t wait to meet so many more!  I will soon be making a Facebook Page for my business so you can catch up with me there.  There will also be a giveaway on the blog soon so check back soon!