We had the good fortune of connecting with Kara Powell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kara, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Patience. After close to 16 years in the photography industry, I have learned a lot. But the biggest lesson I have learned, is to have patience in everything that you do. Especially after 2020. Things will eventually fall into place. As a business owner, you can plan for all kinds of situations. And it is good to do so. But even with all of that planning, you will still have surprises come up. Just like what happened this year. You must have patience and roll with the punches of your business or industry. Have patience with yourself, your business and most importantly your clients. There is a lot going on in life and not everything revolves around your business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a family photographer for a long time. And it comes naturally to me. I love helping busy families all over Houston. I have found that people are busy. Most clients like suggestions.
So at my studio, I help you with the whole process from consultation to hanging the art on your walls. This way, you don’t have to worry about anything. There is something special about really getting to know a family: asking a family what they are looking for in a session, selecting outfits, meeting them at a session and then days later, showing them a gallery of beautiful photographs and helping them select framed art for their walls. We are a full service studio. I love getting to know my clients through this process. I feel very comfortable with them and when they come back year after year, I know exactly what they like and what their home looks like. So the process is much shorter.
Now you will notice that I did mention framed art. I am very passionate about heirloom pieces like canvases, framed art groupings, albums and finished art pieces that hang on your wall. These are things that will last many, many years. We do offer digital images; however, they are not our focus. We want you to leave our studio with something you can walk by and have your friends and family gush over!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Welcome! The Woodlands is an amazing place with a ton of free things to do. So I would recommend driving up North for a week. There are a ton of parks to visit, all free. Day 1 – Creekside has an amazing park – Rob Fleming . And while you are in Creekside head towards the back and check out the amazing restaurants. There are so many to choose from. Day 2 – Towncenter has a really great area for photos and a walk. You can park at the HEB. Then walk over to Towncenter park. Here you can check out Cynthia Woods Pavillion, walk the waterway, or take a kayak ride. It is really pretty down in this area. Day 3 – The mall – Park anywhere and enjoy the mall inside and out. I like to walk the outside area. Or even over to Market Street, if it is a nice day. Eat outside at Tommy Bahamas. Day 4 – Drive up to Conroe, downtown. This is a fun little downtown area with lots of antique malls. Be sure to eat at the Red Brick Oven. Day 5 – Montgomery. This is a bit of a drive. But you can do Lake Conroe and Montgomery in one day. Montgomery has a fun little old town with antique shops. Lake Conroe has a few restaurants on the lake. My favorite is Fajita Jacks. Day 6 – Hughes Landing – back in The Woodlands, be sure to end on a high note. Spend the day walking or biking around the Woodlands on the trails. Then have a sunset dinner in Hughes Landing. My favorite is Del Frisco.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
2020 was hard for all of us. I could not have made it through without the support of my husband. He supported me a lot this year and I appreciate it. I think he may have a soft spot for little business.
And my long time employee, Jenna, was amazing. She has been with me for over ten years. I want to thank her for sticking with me and coming up with some amazing ideas.
Kara Powell Photography