BEHIND THE LENS...

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Hello, my name is Kaytee Lorentzen, owner and photographer. Growing up I always knew I was going to be a photographer. My mom still has photos of me with my first toy camera and even moving up to a disposable camera before learning all about manual film and digital in high school. The world was my playground and photography was my outlet. But I am not here to talk to you about that, I want you to get to know the person behind the lens.

The things I am most passionate about in life are creativity, being genuinely nice to others, health, relationships & love, and traveling.

People often refer to me as “Positive Polly.” I believe that choosing to be happy is the way to go about life. I am not saying that I am perfect and don’t have moments where I want to complain or get upset; I am human. I just like to go by the quote “You will be exactly as happy as you decide to be.”

I am mostly known for my perseverance and determination. I don’t like to take no for an answer and work until I get the job done. I keep at things, even when they get super hard or discouraging.

Most days you can find me eating all. the. food. One of my favorite things to do is eat and it’s the most exciting parts of my days. I love to try new food and I never turn it down. I honestly couldn’t pick ONE favorite, but if I had to pick a kitchen that only had the same 5 “meals” in it for the rest of my life it would be: shaped Kraft mac and cheese, prime rib with loaded mashed potatoes and crispy kale, Jack’s frozen cheese pizza, chips and queso, and spinach artichoke dip.

When I am not busy taking photographs, you can find me either curled up watching the Food Network or Game of Thrones, working out and taking care of my health, taking free classes, doing household chores (I mean we all have to do them), working at an orthopedic office with some of the most amazing coworkers, exploring new places, or playing with my Australian Shepard aka my fur child.

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I love seeing the world by photographs. It sounds silly coming from a photographer, but that is how I see the world. If my camera isn’t in my hand, I take snapshots in my head as if I was actually capturing them. I would explain it like those movies that you see that have someone taking photographs. The clicking sound of the camera goes off and then the frame freezes like a snapshot. That is what I see everyday.

Currently, I am working on reading more hard copy books, taking as many free classes as possible (online and in person), coming up with more travel plans, and building up my confidence because I am a total introvert.

One of the scariest, yet most exhilarating experiences of my life would be flying across the world by myself to meet my pen pal of ten years that I had never met in person. My heart rate was in the “fat-burning zone” the entire flight there because it was going so quickly. It was the most amazing experience I could ask for.

My dream job is to be able to travel, take pictures and write stories. I am wanting to be challenged everyday to be able to create the best stories possible. Wherever I go or end up, I want to constantly be learning and growing. 

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I decided to start a photography business because...

... I wanted to make sure that every client has the most memorable and magical session that they are able to hold onto forever. As someone who is normally reserved around strangers, I know exactly how hard it is to open up and be myself in front of a camera. Because of this, I am determined to make sure that my clients never have to worry about this "stage fright."

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