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Meet Katelynn Erskine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katelynn Erskine.

Hi Katelynn, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Yes, my name is Katelynn Erskine. I had a strong fascination with cameras and photography from a young age. I started using my little sister as a model and taking photos when I was in middle school. I also enjoyed making little videos and went on to start a YouTube channel my Freshman year of college *cringe* (I no longer have that channel, lol).

While I have taken many breaks, I am always drawn back to it, as it is my main creative outlet. I have really started to take it more seriously in the last year or two and I am starting to see more growth in my skill. I also enjoy the digital media side of it. I enjoy creating different designs, posts, and videos for social media. I have helped multiple clients create content for their businesses and social media pages.

I think I enjoy photographing people the most, but my dog is a very close 2nd. I love the concept of being able to capture special moments for people, help their visions come to life, and see them grow in confidence. Photos are one of the few ways that we can freeze a moment in time and I think it’s important to hold those special moments close because a time will come when that’s all someone has left.

I am currently 25 years old and enrolled at MTSU for a major in Visual Communications and a minor in Photography. I hope to continue to keep learning and challenging myself to become better.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Luckily with something such as photography and digital media, it is nice to be able to create your own schedules and boundaries; However, it has come with a lot of learning curves. For the most part, I am self-taught so I have had to figure out a lot of the technical stuff on my own.

The biggest challenge with art and social media, in general, is comparison. “A comparison is an act of violence against the self.” – Iyanla Vanzant. I love that quote because is it so unarguably true. It is always nice to have someone more experienced than you to look up to, but you cannot compare your experience to someone else’s.

We all grow at different rates. I constantly have to remind myself that I am not going to be on the same level as someone who has 20+ years of experience and THAT’S OKAY. The biggest thing I have learned is to be patient and kind to myself. As someone who likes to do well at things on the first try, this has been a big challenge.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in portraits. That is hands down my favorite thing to do. I love photographing people.

I would say I am most proud of the progress I have made from over-edited, badly angled photos to where I am with photography today. I am learning the ropes and figuring out what techniques and methods work best for me. What I think sets me apart from others is I really try my best to create a personable experience with my clients.

I like to take time to sit down and listen to what their vision is, their wants, and what they are and aren’t comfortable with, and do my best to adjust accordingly. I like to have fun and try to make it not seem like work for them.

What makes you happy?
What makes me the happiest is spending time at home with my husband and our dog.

Being able to spend time with them just relaxing is definitely my happy place. Having a spouse who is as supportive as him makes me extremely grateful.

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