We had the good fortune of connecting with Kara Beatty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kara, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is very tricky. I am a special education teacher, photographer and mom of three boys. Balancing all of this can be overwhelming. Every year my business grows as well as the responsibilities as a teacher (think COVID) and my boys schedules become more hectic! In order to balance, I have many calendars and choose not to schedule sessions when the boys have games or important events. I prioritize deadlines and what is most important and tackle those first. The last thing is learning to say no. I am still learning this because I hate letting people down but you have to know your limit. During the fall and spring it gets super busy with all activities but having a family that supports you keeps you going and helps you to know when your balance is off!
Please tell us more about your career. 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 professionally. 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 love capturing memories for others. Growing up I always took lots of pictures and I still have them! I love going back through them and remembering those times growing up. I love capturing moments for families so that they can have that same feeling years from now as they look back and remember those moments with their children, mothers, fathers, or that special time in their life. It was definitely a journey to get here. I am a special education teacher by day, a photographer by weekend and mother full-time! It takes a lot patience, humility, learning and growing to own a business and work on your craft. You learn from your mistakes and keep pushing forward. I want people to know that it is not about the perfect posed picture at photo sessions. It is about those interactions in-between the shots that make the best memories!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were to come from out of town, I would definitely take her to downtown Houston. I loved staying at Hyatt right on Discovery Green. We could walk and talk. Get some Starbucks and get caught up. We would definitely spend the day in the Houston Museum District checking out the museums. Galveston and the space museum would be on the list to visit as well. On the list of food places we would go to the Rustic near Discovery Green. I love the atmosphere there and the food is awesome! I do not get to Houston much living in the Katy area so we would ask around for places to visit!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have two very important people that have truly supported me in my journey to owning my own business. First, my husband! He bought me my first Nikon camera and said go for it! He steps up with the boys when I have to gone and the bonus is he gifts me things for my business all the time! The other is my mom! Without her, there would be no Kara Beatty Photography. My mom has been the biggest supporter and helped buy equipment and start up my business. I love them both so much and couldn’t be where I am without them! Also, my boys. I do all of this for y’all!
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