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This is it! This is the new me. The new KHI Photography and Design.

I\’ve been struggling with this for ages….in fact I’ve been waiting for my ubber talented sister to come home and guide me through the process of dreaming up a new brand and logo. Well she\’s done it. We played together all weekend and she did it. I love it. I feel like it is so me. What I struggled with most was creating an image that was appropriate for all of my work. I photograph bellies and babies, I have a bunch of weddings booked this summer, and I also shoot naked people. I needed a grouping of letters that could be used everywhere. Something that was appropriate across the board. AND something simple…no frills, no words, just a little shot of beauty! Of course she did it. She studied it for years. I keep asking her when she\’ll come home and work for me! I\’ve got the photography under control, I want her to brand, design, and layout \’till her hearts content. She keeps asuring me it\’ll be very soon.

This is long, if you are not interested in my silly, small business struggles and triumphs, move on. However if you are read away! This is a a bit of a rant, with a happy ending.

I was just thinking about stuff… Am home alone working on some current projects. One of those includes some “business cards” for a friend of mine, Luke. Bethy and Luke were over this eve and we got to chatting about photography and his cards and of course the picts of them on my new site, http://www.katehoodinc.com. They said some really wonderful things about my work tonight.

Earlier today my sista, Niomessss asked to me to frame some more pieces of my work to fill the walls of her coffee shop, The Red Brick Cafe. Besides that, I know my dear friend well enough to know that any chance she gets she’ll pour a coffee and say “hey, you should get your photo taken”! And I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve taken of her daughter McKinlee, who is now 2 1/2. Saturday night they were over and McKinlee, with an old Polaroid around her neck begins to direct people sitting on the couch to smile while she takes a picture. Her and I have learned a lot from eachother.

I asked my husband last week if I was being ridiculous, this whole photography and design thing…if he thought I was investing too much of myself in it? He said in his most dramatic, high pitched, eye rolling voice “Noooooowwwaaa, Kate this is a passion. You don’t give that up, no matter what”.

I am so lucky to have a group of endlessly supportive friends around me. The truth is without support and love from my inner circle I would have found it very difficult to move forward. Early on I struggled with the direction I was taking this, I tried to balance the expectations of others and my own values and vision. I struggle daily to find and maintain that balance, usually I succeed, but often not without consequence.

It has been 10 months since the incorporation of my business. And I am proud to say I followed gut and my heart. It has not been easy and some friends even suggested I give it up. Thankfully though I didn’t listen because I am having the time of my life…I’m stressed out all the time, I sit face to face with Molly Mac hours on end, and my dishes get neglected. Regardless of the small details I am one very happy girl.

Thanks to my husband, my friends, and my fam. I am lucky.

This is my hubs, Jason and I on out One Month Anniversary. Love him, my dream boat…

EEEEEK, I am very excited and nervous about this show. Perhaps you are following me on Facebook or Twitter?! In which case you’d know about this upcoming show. I have had such little time (or so it seems) to get things together. Just last week I was finally inspired by SOMETHING! And here it is…”Community and Theater” by Kate Hood of KHI Photography. This is the story…

I am so happy to have a chance to showcase some fine art pieces. I spend so much time promoting my business, I now have this wonderful opportunity to create pieces that are not about making money or selling a name but about the creative, the community, and of course the local theater (shows theme). The Blue Canoe Art Gallery is a fantastic edition to our community. I hope that its visitors find pure enjoyment in just looking…

“Community and Theater 1” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 2” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 3” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 4” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 5” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 6” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 7” by Kate Hood

My baby finger hurts! I have been spending incredible amounts of time on the computer. When I type my baby finger on my right hand flexes and points to the sky. Yesterday I taped to it’s next door neighbour. That helped only slightly, both became flexed and a little pointy. This problem is becoming a problem. Ideas would be great. I am trying to save the pinky.

Also I am off to 3 shoots this weekend. A mom and baby (mini reunion), a super cute-hilarious family, and two of my favorite lovers ever. The weather is not really suppose to be that great, in fact warm with rain is the prediction. For GD sakes I hope not. This leads me to my next bit…

I am going to build an in house studio. Something homemade, and modest, but a studio none the less. I may have mentioned this already? It’s a very important short term dream.

And finally, well almost finally, web development is something all businesses desire. A web presence is an incredibly powerful thing. I spend my time telling people how important is is for them to really commit to creating this, and I’m just scratching the surface myself. All this telling other people, makes my pinky hurt, too.

And lastly, the VISA business network, on facebook, is offering $100 add dollars to those that join and become fan, do it. Good strategy. Not sure what they can do for me yet, but I’ll fin out. Link, http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=24249628048

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