I so often look at other people’s photography and feel discouraged. As a photographer, it is such a challenge to not play the comparison game and get discouraged.

Awhile back I had the idea to look up some of my favorite photographer’s work from when they first started taking pictures. I wanted to see where they came from. I wondered if they always had a knack for photography or if they struggled to get where they are now.

I was blown away by the then and now quality of their work. It really encouraged me to see where these photographers have come from.

I ended up emailing these photographers and received permission to share their photographs. My hope is to encourage you (and myself!) to never give up. Hard work and dedication seriously pay off. You don’t have to have the most expensive camera or the best lenses. You just need to have some tenacity and be willing to put in the work.

I decided to start with my all time favorite photographer. I love Kate Parker’s work. Her commercial work is incredible and her personal work is beautiful. Her photography style is so clean and emotional & her black and white’s are where it’s at. I’ll stop fan-girling, but for reals you guys. Go check her out.

Kate T. Parker started her photography journey after her daughters were born in order to document their lives. She turned her hobby into a business and is now a Fine Art and Commercial Photographer. Her work has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, Self Magazine etc. You might know her from her series ‘Strong is the new Pretty.’

Kate T Parker: Then and Now
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You can see more of Kate’s work on her Website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Page