I sooooo hate writing about myself but I want you to have a feel of who your artist is, so here it goes.
My name is actually Katie Jo. I grew up in the small town of Remsen, Iowa. I went to high school at Remsen-Union where I was as involved in as much as I could, mainly sports! After high school I played four years of volleyball at Briar Cliff University (and 1 year of softball), this is where my name got shortened to Kj. I majored in New Media and got a minor in Business, both have been extremely useful. I always knew I wanted to have my own business someday.
In 2004, after a couple years of 2 jobs, long hours, and a super understanding husband, I opened Photography by Kj! I love being an artist and entrepreneur, making people see what I see through my lens, which is much more than a photo. It's an heirloom, a priceless childhood memory, a remembrance of grandma and grandpa, a glimpse of really how little they actually were, a celebration of time and accomplishments, but most of all its love. Love is all around us, and we celebrate it by capturing those times in our lives that are special, once in a lifetime memories.
So what about me? Ok, well, I love God, my super hot husband Jake, my adorable baby Jerzi Jo, my family & friends, career, and my dogs, Bean & Gully! I have so much love all around me, its amazing! I have amazing opportunities to capture your newborn baby, as small as they really are. Or your high school senior who is setting out to conquer the world. Or maybe your daughter who has fallen in love. Or, just maybe, its you who I get to capture. Whoever you are, I want to show that through the lens, every single time.
I am the photographer, however we do many events that require us to have more staff on hand. I have an AMAZING assistant Kay. She is bubbly, and friendly and very hard working, and always one step ahead of me (thank heavens)! We also have several people that come in to help us with events; Shayna, Darian, Rachel, Tammy, Jake, Danni, Jillian, Kevin, Alison & Shanon. We want to make sure your event goes very smoothly!
I currently shoot the cover photos for two AMAZING magazines, Siouxland Women Magazine and Dunes Living Magazine. I LOVE IT! I get to meet so many amazing people, entrepreneurs, and families, and all of them have made me feel very comfortable. I am truly blessed to meet all these very accomplished people. It is AWESOME!
The photography Industry is VERY fast paced. I truly believe that if you don't keep up you will be left behind. So, I do 2-3 continuing education courses every year. And it's always a bonus if they are located somewhere warm:) I am also currently working on my Master of Photography degree.
I am past President of the NWIPPA, North West Iowa Professional Photographers Association, a member of the PPA, PP Iowa, and I'm CPP Certified. And even more recently, I've achieved by Photographic Craftsmen degree! I want to be the best at my craft, and with all of these I constantly strive for that! So it's officially KJ Wingert, Photog. Cr., CPP.
Well, what can I even say. I truly think God put Kay in my life. She is fun, friendly, honest, bubbly, happy, and most of all...a great person. She makes my life so much easier. She brings happiness to my day. She works her but off at the studio, and she stays happy...literally ALL THE TIME! Thank you Kay. You are an amazing friend!