Where did you learn how to take pictures?

Aside from working for a wedding photographer for 3 months, I’m completely self-taught. I read as many books as I could find and took THOUSANDS of pictures. I scoured the internet finding pictures I liked and then, through trial and error, figured out how to achieve that look.

Why did you decide to write a photography book?

In a nutshell,  I saw the need for a photography book that wasn’t so confusing and technical.

In 2010 DSLR camera’s started to become quite common place. No longer were they reserved for only professional photographers. It seemed like every mom was carrying around a big camera. However, not very many people actually knew how to use them to their full potential. Because I was a photographer my friends and family members would ask me lots of questions about how to use their camera or how to get a certain look.

About a year earlier I started getting tired of many of the aspects of taking pictures for other people. I still loved photography but wanted to take it in a new direction. At the time I didn’t know where. So I wrote a goal that said, “I will do photography on my own terms.”

That goal eventually led to the creation of my photography book!

Why did you move next door to Walt Disney World?

The short answer is because we wanted to! 🙂 There’s really no other reason. Jon (my husband) and I were looking into taking our family there for a vacation. We had been several times before and was starting to miss it.

As we were trip planning I had the thought to look up the cost a Florida resident annual pass. (Jon and I lived in Orlando when we were first married and had Florida resident passes to Universal Studios so we knew they were a super good deal.) Sure enough a Florida resident annual pass was even cheaper than the 5-day passes we were looking at!

That’s where it started…we looked at each other and said, “Should we just move next door to Disney and get annual passes?”

The answer was yes.

And the rest is history. (with a lot of opposition and miracles in between.)

How can you move around to so many different places?

Jon and I both own business that allow us to choose where we want to live. Jon is a sound engineer and recording artist and I teach photography online and run this blog.

Where is your favorite place you have lived?

Just for the record, we’ve lived in Orlando, Las Vegas, Austin, Denver, back to Florida (near Disney) and Nebraska. I’ve liked each and every place for various reasons…the people, the fun things to do, our house, the weather, etc. But 2 places really stand out…Texas and Florida

Texas maily because of the people. We lived there for 6 years (the longest we’ve lived anywhere) and made incredible friends. Friends that felt more like family. I also LOVE and MISS the Texas grocery store, H-E-B.

And Florida because, well, we lived next to Disney World! How could you not fall in love with it? I also LOVED the little town of Windermere where we lived. It was incredibly picturesque and as full of kind wonderful people.

Where do you live now?

We currently live in Nebraska. It’s a growing season of our lives. We never intended to be here for such a long time but life has a way of throwing curve balls. I’ve grown love many things about this state including the undying love of Nebraska football and the kind-hearted, hard-working midwesterners who live here.

What camera gear and lenses do you use?

I have a Nikon D80 camera body and 3 prime lenses; Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.8, and Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

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Why did you create this site even though you already have a photography site?

Good question! I started Being Katie Brave because I felt like I have more to share, more to teach, than sole photography. I still love to teach people how to take great pictures (and continue to do it on this blog) but I also love to share my inspirational life stories, my Disney knowledge, and anything else that makes me have a better life!