Phoenix Photography | Be Unique

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What makes you, you?

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We are all unique. There is no other like me. There is no other like you. Even twins are completely different people.

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How unbelievably boring would that be if we all bleached our hair and walked around in Prada and Jimmy Choo’s?  I certainly don’t. I can’t afford it! I also can’t possibly do hat to my super fine thin hair. I would go bald!

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I am what you would call eclectic. But I too am scared to dress how I want to dress. Most of us are always wondering in the back of our minds what others are thinking of us. Some of us more than others. A very small percent of us have gotten to the point in their life where they love themselves and truly don’t care what others think. We all want to be that person. We all want to have that self love and that confidence. It is hard to get there for some of us though. Some of us never reach that point. That’s so sad.

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I am still on a journey. I will be on a journey to find myself until the day I leave this earth. I am constantly changing. As are most of you. Sure parts of us never change. But the world around us is changing and we adapt with those changes. We will wear one fashion and swear that, that is us. It is the style that defines us. Until a new fashion comes out that we love even more. Or if you are like me, you will wear a pretty floral dress and sandals one day and jeans and cowboy boots the next. Fashion is just too much fun to stick to one style all the time. But that’s me.

 

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Have fun discovering you! It can be such an amazing journey.

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Make sure to take time out for YOU in your busy life. That doesn’t mean you have to spend time absolutely alone. You can bring your friend, boyfriend, husband, sister along with you. Just make sure to find time to have fun and to go on small journeys of discovery. Try a new restaurant, go see a play, check out a movie that you wouldn’t normally go see. Go to a dance club. Go hike a mountain. Take a Yoga class if you’ve never tried one. Check out a new church. Think outside the box. To find out who you really are and what you really like, you Have to try new things!

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Life is an adventure! Go out there and have fun!

 

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Phoenix Photography | Boudoir….What is it?

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What exactly is Boudoir photography? Everyone has a different opinion on this. Every photographer views Boudoir differently. Every client has their own idea as to what it is.

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I am going to let you know what Boudoir means to me.

 

Boudoir is whatever YOU see it as. That’s what it is to me. It can be soft intimate lingerie in white sheets on a fluffy mattress, sheer curtains and a beautifully lit window. It can also be fierce and confident, sexy, and bold!

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Boudoir is much more intimate than glamour or your classic portrait.

 

You are opening up and baring yourself to whoever you are taking the photos for. You are letting free your most intimate and private self.

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Boudoir is not just the photos, but the experience you have from meeting your photographer, to the session, to seeing your photos for the first time, to delivering them to yourself or your loved one.

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Are you a confident, woman who loves everything about herself and want to celebrate you? Are you shy and reserved and want to feel sexy and beautiful and daring?

 

Boudoir is for every woman in all walks of life. You don’t even need a special reason to book your own session. Do it just because you can. Do it to feel confident. Sexy. Beautiful. Classy. Intimate. Excited. Happy. Self aware. Soft. Bold. Daring.

 

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Want to book your own session? email me at katrinacall@aol.com

Let me help you Design your Wardrobe

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Sometimes we feel like we don’t have the right wardrobe to be photographed, so let me design a shoot for you.

 

Yes, I do that!

 

First decide what LOOK is you? Casual… glam….. jeans…. Calvin Klein style …..or super glam evening gown……. or traditional elegance. Then style your wardrobe to create the look.

 

Do you have a favorite store or boutique you love? Or are you starting from square 1 and need to be pointed in the direction of where you can find your wardrobe?

 

I would absolutely love to help you find that perfect wardrobe. I will even go with you to make sure everything fits perfectly! It is so much fun. Let me take you out to a few stores and treat you to some coffee (or tea if you prefer!).

 

I am on a mission. I am meeting with local boutique owners and learning all I can about what they offer and a bit about who they are and why they do what they do!

 

I can’t wait to share with you, later this week, a super cute little boutique. Where style and originality are her main goals and passion!

 

Stay tuned……..

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Let’s get real

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Hello. I realized I haven’t really introduced myself.

My name is Katrina. (Katie to those who refuse to call me Katrina)

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Have you ever noticed how extremely hard it is to write about yourself when asked? However if you’re talking to a friend it just comes naturally and you usually cannot stop? Well that’s me.

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I am a scatterbrained individual and lover of many things. I don’t really have a favorite anything. I recently had a friend tell me that usually a dog will look a lot like it’s owner. That isn’t my case. I have had so many different breeds. I love them all!

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Food is my friend. I absolutely love sushi. 2 years ago I would have said “ew, raw fish?! Never!” But my sister dragged me out to a sushi restaurant and I was hooked! I also love Mexican and Italian. I would, however chose a yummy piece of chicken covered in mushrooms and cheese over a steak any day!

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I love the outdoors, but I am definitely a fair weather gal. I can not handle the heat, and it takes hours for me to warm up after being out in the cold! So I tend to be a bit of a homebody. Spending most of my time in front of the computer either working or browsing facebook, youtube, and pinterest.

I do like hiking, camping (though I’m getting way too old to sleep on the ground-glamping looks so nice!), swimming, kayaking, you name it. I love laying on the beach with a good book, or even sitting pool side. You’ll usually see me out of the water more than in!

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Now the real story.

 

Growing up I was picked on a lot. Kids are so incredibly mean. When I moved from Phoenix to Minnesota in first grade, I spent most of my time indoors and gained quite a bit of weight. I was the kid who was picked on at school by everyone. I only had a couple friends (one of who I am still friends with!) I felt bad about myself from the time I was very little. My mom would always be very judgmental about what I wore, telling me that I didn’t look good in something, or that I looked fat in that outfit. At the age of 8 my father taught me how to suck my stomach in and how to make it a habit by sucking it in when you walked into a room and letting it out when you walked out.

 

School was so bad that by 5th grade my parents sent me to a new school. I really lucked out and enjoyed that school. For 2 years I had quite a few friends and only a couple kids picked on me. Then we moved again back to Phoenix. Within 2 years even the few friends I made at school were picking on me, calling me names, and refusing to play with me because I was fat and ugly. (that’s what they told me)

 

From Kindergarten to 8th grade I attended very small private schools. My 8th grade class had 8 kids in it. There was no way to get away from the bullies, and no new friends to make.

I flat out refused to be sent to the private high school in Phoenix. Thankfully my parents agreed to send me to the local public high school. I was both nervous and excited. I already had a friend next door (who I am still friends with today!) and I just knew I would be able to make friends there.

 

I loved High school. Don’t get me wrong, it had it’s bad moments. I was still picked on by a couple kids, but it wasn’t to be mean. It was just more messing around. I was in Marching band, concert band, and jazz band. I made friends both in band and in my other classes.

 

I was already scarred though. I had such low self esteem. My first year of high school I wore no make-up and wore nothing but over sized t-shirts and ugly jeans. I was boy crazy, but couldn’t understand why the boys didn’t like me. I just figured that I was so fat and ugly. I had 2 boyfriends that first year. one lasted but a month. The other one I found out was a bet to get me into bed (which I am proud to say he didn’t win!)

 

It took me 2 years to finally start dressing like a girl. Wearing dresses more often and sometimes wearing make-up. Though I have to admit, my make-up would melt off in the heat and I hated reapplying it. I was lazy, so didn’t wear make-up very often!

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It has taken me many years to start to like me. I still struggle with it some days. What has really helped me is all the amazing people who have come and gone in my life. I know I’m not the perfect weight. I don’t have the perfect hair, or the perfect figure. I’m not super smart. I’m not very witty. But I am a great listener. I love to help my friends. I have a big heart. I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not. I really don’t know how to. I cannot lie. Just one little white lie eats me up inside. I am fiercely loyal to my friends and family. I will never make fun of you or say something mean to you.

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I hope that in the future I can bring some measure of joy and happiness to more people. I truly do believe that we are already beautiful, just being who we are. We all have our struggles. Each and every one of us. None of us are alone! No one is perfect!

So if you just need an ear, someone to talk to, I would love to listen. We can never have too many friends!

 

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They grow up too fast!

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I am so lucky to have several subjects to photograph whenever I want.

 

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When I tell my children I want to photograph them, I get grumbling and moaning. “Mom, do I have to?” Is always the first response. However, as my daughter gets a little older, she has started to enjoy this special time with me. What girls doesn’t want to be dolled up and photographed? This has become special bonding time between the two of us.

Today we sat in my room while I applied her make-up. Teaching her little tips and tricks. Then we went in and curled her hair since she hasn’t quite mastered this yet. It also gives me practice on someone other than my own super fine hair. Boy does this girl have some gorgeous THICK hair!

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Our children grow up so fast. Right before our eyes they go from a tiny little 3 year old vying for our attention, to a fully grown teenager with dreams, friends, and attitude. (Don’t get me wrong, she had attitude at 3 too!)

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I was so blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom for so many years, even though I wished at the time that I had a career. I am definitely not the Sally Homemaker type. I need something to do with my time other than cooking and cleaning.

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However my children and I had the opportunity that so few do now, to make so many memories throughout the years. I had entire Summers off to take the to the pool, go hiking, take day trips around town and around the states we lived in.

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My oldest will graduate High School in 2 years. My daughter the next, and my youngest only 2 more years after that. Just thinking about it makes me tear up. I wonder, what on earth am I going to do with myself when they all move out. I will be that mom at Graduation, bawling her eyes out!

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But I still have a few more years. I plan to cherish them and spend as much time as I can find in our busy schedules, with my children. Arizona has so much to offer and so many places to explore. I can’t wait to get out there with them!

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If you would like more information on booking a session, please email me at katrinacall@aol.com I look forward to meeting you!

Let’s Get Real

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Welcome to Beyond the Mask Photography, a branch of Call the Shots Photography. Beyond the mask is all about women, no matter what age you are.

My main focus for the past few years has been photographing pets. Animals hold a very special place in my heart.

While I love animals, I also truly enjoy photographing women and young ladies. I absolutely love hearing everyone’s story. I have met so many amazing women and young ladies over the past 6 years.

This journey is also a personal one for me. Like so many others, I was bullied as a child. It was so bad that for many years I did not have any friends at all. I was always on the heavier side. I did not have witty comebacks to combat the awful words slung at me. I was shy to top it all off.

Don’t get me wrong, I did have a few wonderful friends when I was younger. Some of them are still my friends to this day. Your childhood shapes who you are as an adult. It is part of what you see about yourself. However, you are no longer that child! You may still feel the shadows of the pain you were caused, but you have the power to see that you are now a grownup, in a grown-up world. You are beautiful! You are Amazing! You are incredible! No one can take that from you!

I wish it was as easy as all that. I still struggle with this every day. Many of you do too. We can take comfort though, that none of us are alone. Our society is finally starting to make amends to the damage it has caused, but it still largely tells us that to be beautiful and loved, you must be a size 0 with perfect hair, perfect skin, perfect teeth, etc. This simply is not true. Some of the most beautiful women I have ever met were well above a size 14. These women were confident, radiant, happy, friendly, loving, witty, giving, and on and on and on. And so are you! You have it inside yourself!

 

Through beyond the Mask it is my goal to help you feel beautiful, confident, incredible, happy, feminine, sexy, whatever you want to feel! Because you already are!

 

You do not need to lose those last 10 pounds. If you are absolutely set on it, then set yourself a time limit. If you do not lose those few pounds by that date, have your photos taken anyway. Do you know how many years I have been telling myself I want to lose weight, then I’ll have photos taken? Then I’ll do this, then I’ll do that. Guess what. I lost 25 pounds 10 years ago. I felt amazing. i was in no way skinny, but I had so much more energy. I gained it all back over the course of 4 years. Now I’m back to square one. I didn’t have photos taken when I had lost that weight. But no matter what weight I am at I am still me! my family and friends love me no matter what I look like on the outside. They think I’m beautiful whether I am 50 pounds heavier or 20 pounds lighter. It doesn’t make a difference to them. And it doesn’t make a difference to your friends and family either!

 

I want to hear your story! Everyone deserves to have photographs of themselves to remember forever. Right now. No more excuses! Send me an email. Introduce yourself. I’d love to have you over to my studio for a cup of coffee, or wine! I love to get to know my clients. They aren’t just my clients, they are some of my very good friends!

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