Hey there! How's it going?! Who's getting ready for the 3day weekend?! I know I am getting prepped for a busy weekend full of fresh summer balayage and blowouts along with a gorgeous wedding at the Waldorf Chicago! This week I'd love to introduce you to someone who is wonderful at capturing all of life's beautiful moments through her camera lens! I met Karina on a beautifully styled shoot that was just recently published in Chicago Style Weddings! Everyone, meet Karina!
Tell Us About Yourself!
I'm Karina, a wedding photographer in Chicago. I love connecting and serving my couples from the first interaction to even beyond their wedding day. I'm also a homeschool mom of two, a 5 year old ballerina and a 3 year old shark-loving boy.
Who has been your biggest inspiration for pursuing photography and why?
I always knew I wanted to own a small business. I worked in my father's shop when I was younger and learned the ins and outs of being a small business owner. I studied film photography in college, but when I started dating Michael, he bought me a digital SLR. Ever since then I was won over to photography and once we got married, I decided to grow the part-time photography business Michael had started into a husband and wife wedding photography company, Metts Photo.
Do you think mentoring is helpful? Do you have mentors? If so, what was the best advice they gave you and how did you implement it?
As a small business owner, having a mentor is a must if you want to succeed. Being an entrepreneur is tough stuff. You need someone to bounce ideas off of, someone who will encourage you when things get hard, and more importantly tell you the things you don't necessarily want to hear but NEED to hear. I've had many mentors and coaches along my journey that have poured into different areas of my business (Sales coach - Maria Bayer, Business mentor - My father, Leadership mentor - Melissa from CE Office & Creative Chics, and many more) The most important advice I implement every day has to do with mindset. If you want a successful business, you have to believe in yourself and in what you're doing. I had to learn that I'm in control of how I think and each day I have to put negative thoughts aside and focus on my goals.
If you couldn't pursue photography, what would you pursue?
I'd be a business strategist. I love helping other entrepreneurs on their journey by talking through their next steps and how I can help them grow. My father is really generous with his knowledge and I want to continue his legacy.
Well everyone I hope you have enjoyed Karina's story and if you would like to follow her journey please check her out on social at the links below! Be sure to check back next Thursday to learn about someone new!
periscope - @karina_mettsphoto