My Bessie Kate

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Have I talked about Kate recently?

She's my bessie from Utah, my inspiration, my laugh-partner, my mentor...

She has the honor of being featured on photographer Davina Fear's Women in Business series today, and I thought it was a perfect excuse to pop on and talk a bit about Kate.

Kate is the incredible photographer behind Kate Benson Photography. She was doing photography when I met her nine years ago (has it been NINE years, Katie??!) and she was generous enough with her talent and her tutoring to help me in my fledgling journey through the lens. We go back to the days of film-- of finding the perfect developers to get our photos printed the way we wanted them (black and white, but CREAMY. Remember?) We go back to the days of REAL cross-processing with REAL slide film. And Kate was my inspiration through it all. To this day, I see the things she is doing with her art and I just sit back and marvel at her exquisite eye and her gift for pure light and clean color. She is an artist, and I am deeply grateful to have her as a resource and an inspiration.

I love that girl. She took my maternity photos, my wedding photos... She let me take a few of her life here and there... and beyond the photography, she is one of my favorite people to call for random, funny, on-the-fly conversations between our mutually busy lives.

Oh, Katie.... I love thinking about ya and our friendship.

And I LOVE that photo above. Still makes me giggle.

And anyone who has a minute-- go read Kate's interview HERE and leave some comment love, then check out her portfolio and blog, then sit back and be amazed with me.

Someday, I hope to be as good as she is at her craft.

(P.S. Kate was clowning around in the intro photo. She is really quite NORMAL and cute. I promise. See here:)


  1. AHHHH, I lubba youba Em! AND most of all, I MISS YOU!

  2. I have to second your thoughts about Katie being so great. She is such an incredible woman! I'm so blessed to know her...AND she takes great pics! Love the glasses, Katie.

  3. You mean I could have just set my baby on the wood floors and gotten a great photo? Genius! See, this is the kind of inspiration I'm missing. Thank you for sharing her with us. I love the glasses too, that was a great era, when those were cool instead of just funny.

  4. I love it when you get all verbose and complimenty. Kate is awesome and you are even awesomer for giving props where props are due. Yeah, I teach English, that's right.

  5. Emily, Kate really is wonderful! And I didn't know you knew her...what a small world. Thanks so much for the link to Women and Business.

    Happiness to you!


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