We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Chang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started my photography business when I was 12 years old. Though I had always loved taking photos, I never thought I could turn my passion into a business…especially at the point in my life where making sure I’d completed my pre-algebra homework was supposed to be my top priority. So, I was terrified. I was scared about what people would think of my “little photo business”. And it took a while to establish a school/business/life balance, stop doubting myself, and grow out of my shell. But the go-getter part of myself worked countless hours answering emails, teaching myself how to edit, figuring out my “style”, blogging, bookkeeping, and website-updating…until eventually, I did.
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m a photographer by trade…but ultimately, I’d like to be considered a storyteller. My goal is to not only create beautiful imagery but to tell honest stories through photographs. Being especially young, my approach to business is quite different from others’. I didn’t start KCP to make a living…and to this day, I don’t consider it “work” at all. I started my business because I love photography. I love that what I do gives me the opportunity to constantly meet new people and step out of my comfort zone. I love storytelling through such a magical medium. My journey to where I am today was not a smooth one. Throughout the years, I’ve struggled with balancing school and life and photography among other things. I’ve struggled with doubt (some from others, some from myself), imposter syndrome, burnout, and lots of uncertainty. But despite it all, I’ve somehow managed to continue building upon the business I’ve created and pursuing what I’m passionate about. It hasn’t been easy at all…but it’s been 100% worth it. There have been many who’ve messaged me asking for tips on pursuing a passion/starting a business. My advice? Just begin. And keep going despite the obstacles you may encounter- whether that is the judgment of others, or simply a fear of jumping into the game. Let the love you have for your craft or whatever you’re pursuing fuel your persistence.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them around all the wonderful art museums (the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth). I’d also stop by the Meyerson (for a Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert!) along with the Winspear (for a Dallas Opera concert!). It seems like I’m really into the arts…but I think that Dallas is home to some of the most talented musicians and a diverse collection of art.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I had to pick out just a few people to thank, it would undoubtedly be my parents. Starting and running my business wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for them.
Katie Chang Photography