We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katie, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Leaving the corporate world to start my own business has, by far, been the single most important thing that I have done as a parent. I broke out of the “Finish high school, go to college, work an internship, get your foot in the door and work your way up the corporate ladder” path. My generation knows the ideal all too well, and it is what is ingrained in us throughout our years in the school system. Even my parents who were teachers pushed me along to do the same college/internship/corporate ladder to ensure success. They didn’t educate me about anything else, so I thought that was my only option. My grandfather, on the other hand, was an entrepreneur. He was a hard-working farmer.

Resilience
Spending all my summers living with my grandpartents and watching my grandfather work and run his business impacted my life in many facets. I learned that you have to be resilient and confident. You will win some and you will lose some. When a problem arises you have to adapt. My daughter will know with confidence that difficult situations will happen and it is all about how you deal with that situation.

Hard Work
My daughter has been my assistant on a few photoshoots trying to make other children laugh when I fail to do so. She sees the late hours her daddy, who also owns his own business, spends catching up on paperwork and closing a deal in the wee hours of the night. She knows that not everything is easy and things are not handed to you.

Independence and Curiosity
Many business conversations are held at our dinner table. It is not the norm for my daughter to ask questions such as, “what kind of business do I need to own to fix my friends’ gardens?” Her little mind is constantly analyzing and coming up with creative ideas of things she wants to do when she is an adult.

Although switching careers was a small step for myself, it is a huge step for my daughter. I’ve not only shown her that you can do anything you want to do but I’m instilling in her the steps to succeed at whatever that may be.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the owner and photographer of KW Moments, based in North Richland Hills. I specialize in providing an extradordinay experience by focusing on creating stunning art for your home from your captured memories. I strive to tell your story by capturing timeless images with depth and connection that emerge effortlessly.

My passion is to leave my clients with tangible memories displayed on their walls or their coffee table to share with friends and family for years to come. As we all know, technology is ever evolving. Just like recently when Facebook and Instagram crashed,  so many memories were lost in the blink of an eye. Most moms are busy and don’t have the time to figure out how to print their portraits and what size is perfect for their space. We have all seen disks, cds and now USBs come and go. Portraits don’t belong tucked away on an usb in a desk drawer. Therefore, my clients leave with a finished product. There is nothing better than hearing from a client about how tickled their child is to see their face every day in a beautifully framed portrait in their living room.

I got to where I am at today by following my heart and the support of my friends and family. Every job and every opportunity I have had, has given me the skills to start my own business. Was it easy? Absolutely not. I believe that anything worth having does not come easy. It takes hard work and perseverance. I’ve had many challenges just like every other entrepreneur. I stick with my goals even on days when I want to give up. Along the way I’ve learned to stay true to myself, be honest, be strong, never lose my confidence and that my family always comes first.

At KW Moments, my clients become my friends. I don’t believe in providing a transactional experience. As a recent client stated after her session, “this has been the most amazing experience.” There is beauty in the every day and I love capturing those moments for my clients.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The biggest thanks to my husband, Paul, for always encouraging and challenging me to be the best that I can be possibly be. He works so hard and always supports me of my dreams. His advice is honest and it is real. He may give me heck when I present him with an idea but he is always pushing me to do what is best for me.

Website: www.kwmoments.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/photos.kwmoments

Facebook: www.facebook.com/photos.kwoments

Image Credits
All images are credited to myself.

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