Things I love about my dad

Do you ever have a time where you just look at your dad and realize that he is just really awesome? I know I do all the time. Sure I may be a little biased, but I really do believe that I got very lucky with mine. He has taught me so many things and really raised me to be a strong person. So in celebration of father’s day, I wanted to tell you all the things I love about my dad.

1: He taught me to “never need a man”.

He taught me how to build, he taught me how to take care of myself, how to fix problems. I still like to rely on him sometimes, but he never has to worry about me.

From the time I could really hold up a screwdriver without causing harm, I was building something. He showed me how to put things together, how to make something from scratch and how to do a really big project. There are some really lovely pictures of me helping build our back porch. I have a pick in my hand as I am violently swinging at the ground to dig up the dirt. My faces would have given you a good laugh.

2: He survived three daughters.

I technically qualify as his “son” since I was the one he taught all the boy things you teach your sons, but my sisters and I gave him run for his money. We were not the easiest of children to say the least, but he had good practice being the youngest boy of six kids, four being girls.

Sometimes I still wonder how he made it through all of us growing up, because I am sure we could have done a lot of damage to him. I know we mentally exhausted him all the time and created a lot of problems. But he did it. He survived.

3: He loves food just as much as me.

We can always bounce recipes off one another and he even taught me to not be afraid of the grill. He was actually the one to tell me to always try the food before I say I don’t like it. He was the one who introduced me to the world of amazing food. He really loves when I come home so he can show what he has made recently.

4: His dad jokes are on point.

Sure they are totally embarrassing, but he has stepped his game up in the last few years. And I am pretty sure some of them have rubbed off on me.

5: He always puts his kids first, but he isn’t afraid to give us a good dose of reality.

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This one always hurt growing up because he would end up being “the bad cop” of the two parents, but now looking back, we really needed his kick in the ass. His mentality was “you got yourself into this mess, you now have to get yourself out of it.” I would moan and complain when I was growing up, but it was probably the best thing he ever did for my sisters and I.

6: He is always there for business advice.

He worked as a small business loan officer for 15 years and has been the CFO of a small business for 4 years so anytime I need assistance or advice with what to do with my business he is there to give it to me. It’s very helpful when I feel like I am failing and he can just look at me and say “this is a very common thing for small business owners. Keep your head up.”



My dad taught me A LOT growing up and I am so thankful that he is my dad. So Happy Father’s Day Dad! You deserve everything in the world and am happy I get to be your daughter.

If you would like some great Father’s Day gift ideas, check out my free guide here!

A day in the life of my dog - through photos

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE my dog, Kora. She is my fur child and my one and only baby. She is so spontaneous, loving and intelligent dog and I know she is just a dog, but I thought maybe you would enjoy seeing a day in her life. So I present to you Kora’s day of fun!

○     Cuddle with Mom and tell her it’s time to go outside.

 
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○     Get treats because I am awesome

 
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○     Give Mom or Dad a toy because I want to play. It varies from day to day, but today I think we are going to choose the rope.

 
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○     I think I will nibble on some of my food and drink up some water. Playing gave me a little appetite.

 
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○     It’s time for my monthly heart worm and flea and tick prevention medications. However, Mom doesn’t know that I really think these are treats.

 
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○     Mom is here today, so I am going to explore the basement while she works out.

 
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○     When Mom & Dad aren’t here, I typically nap the whole day. It takes me a while to fall asleep for my nap when they are here because I don’t want to miss anything important.

 
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○     I follow Mom everywhere. I mean it.  Everywhere. To the kitchen, to the bathroom, to our room, outside, even to her car. She does try to keep me out of the bathroom when she is taking a shower, but I will be RIGHT outside the door waiting for her when she is done.

○     Mom tries to take me on a walk as much as possible, but if we can’t go anywhere to walk, we just take laps in the driveway.

○     My favorite is fetch. Mom uses the ball launcher that makes it go really far and I like that so I can run REALLY fast.

○     So I got really dirty outside, so Mom says I need a bath. I am really not a fan of these. Especially when they have to use the evil hair dryer on me. Just because I have a lot of hair doesn’t mean I need that. So I am going to protest and just lay here until they decide that I don’t need one.

 
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○     Another nap time.

 
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○     It’s dinner time! However, I typically just graze the food throughout the evening.

 
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○     When Mom and Dad get home from work, I like to play constantly. I want their attention. I want them to scratch me all over. I am told I am very vocal about this.

 
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○     It’s time to settle down for bed. I am not picky about where I sleep. I like the couches downstairs, my bed in Mom and Dad’s room, their bed or the floor. As long as I make it right up next to Mom by the next morning, I am fine.

○     SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS: Daycare, park, rope toys, “baby”, fetch, riding in the car with Mom, getting treats from ANY drive through window.

If you can’t tell, my dog has a really exciting life. She is very intelligent and loves to learn new things. She is also very loyal and loves to protect me. If you want to follow along more about my dog, follow me on my personal Instagram (and business one as well).

Do you have some furry friends that you think are your babies too? Let me know about them! Drop a photo of them.

Sharing my "why"

Being an entrepreneur is not as glamorous as people make it out to be. It is hard work and exhausting. There are days when I want to ram my head into the wall. Those days often in me questioning “Why did I even start this business if all I am going to be is frustrated and disappointed?”

These are the days I need to remember why I even started this business in the first place. I need to go to the place of inspiration and all the hopes and dreams. I wanted to share these reasons with you to give you a glimpse into my life. Here are the “why’s” for what I do what I do.

Why did I choose to start this business?

To make someone else (my clients) happy. To give someone a smile when they opened their packages of photos to hang on their wall. To grant them memories that they can hold onto forever.

I chose to start this business just on a thought that I was good enough to someone. And honestly that was enough. I had just graduated from college a few months earlier, and I had applied to SO many jobs in photojournalism and I made it very obvious that I wanted a certain job.

It was a very difficult time for me, because I felt like a failure. I just spent four years of college in a major that didn’t “do anything for me.” It didn’t land me a job. It made me very frustrated. So I decided if I couldn’t find a job for me, I would make one for me.

Why did I think photography was a good idea?

Ever since I was little, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I may not be the best and am constantly critiquing myself, but I knew I could do it for someone.

I know this is a VERY saturated market, but I thought I could stand out from the rest of them. Sometimes it feels like I don’t still. But to someone, I do.

It is something I feel confident in. It’s something I felt very proud to put my name on. I have been doing photography for a while and it never occurred to me to start a business in that field. There was just something telling me I should.

Why do I continue to be in this saturated business?

I love making people happy. I love the look on their face when they see their photographs. Seeing everyone happy makes me happy. I’ve even been told that there is a smile on my face when I am taking the photographs. It reminds me that I really do love what I do. It is hard, but what in life isn’t? Nothing great in life comes easy.

It gives me so much joy when I am seeing the photos on my camera screen and going to my computer and editing and then delivering it to my clients. And it still makes me giddy when clients say they love my work. It’s those moments that make me do what I am doing because they boost my confidence each and every time I have a session.

When I get down in the dumps, or it gets hard, or something doesn’t go the way I wanted I need to constantly remind myself “my whys.” You are the reason I keep going each and every day. It is someone like you that makes it all worth it. So thank you for everything you do.

Things I love about my mom

Can I just say how important Mom’s are? There is nothing more demanding than being a mom. So many times in my life when I just look at my mom and feel so bad for all the crap I drug her through. I was by no means and easy child. I really have no idea how she didn’t pull her hair out or send me away.

So with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to take the time to brag on my mom a little bit and give you some of the things about my mom (this list is a shortened version, otherwise you would be reading for an eternity).

1: She gives the world’s best back scratches.

Fight me on this one. If you have never had a back scratch from my mom, you are MISSING OUT! I can tell you that even when I am 60 years old and she is (well I won’t say) but I will still ask her for the back scratches.

2: She is always there to talk to. Whether that be a quick chit chat to someone who can listen to me vent for hours.

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Aren’t all moms? But this is something I have always needed. I know growing up, I never thought I would have a close relationship with her because I never saw her in that light. Now, we talk weekly if not twice a week. She is the person who is always on my side and will always tell me “it will be okay” even when it probably won’t be.

3: She will always find a way to put her kids first.

Without giving specific examples, she will constantly put us first over her own needs or wants. She will make sure we are taken care of before her. She will even give up her own things for us. And for that, I am forever thankful.

4: She taught me that no one’s home will be as clean as hers.

My mom is probably the cleanest of “clean freaks” there is. She is very specific on how things are and what the definition of “clean“ is. We would have to close our doors growing up because she couldn’t stand the sight of them not being up to her standards.

5: She makes THE BEST party food.

Growing up, she would have all of the hostess parties you could think of and she would make THE GREATEST food for them. This is no bias, this is the truth. My dad would always take us out for dinner during these parties and then we would come back and devour anything she had left over. It was THAT good.

6: She’s my mom.

It’s my mom. She will always have a big portion of my heart. She is the person who raised me to who I am today and taught me so many things to prepare me for adulthood. She did a pretty good job at that.


Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I hope your day is amazing and filled with love!

To get some awesome Mother’s Day ideas, check out this guide I made up!

All about me

It has been a while since I did an introductory blog post, so I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself so you can get to know me.

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Hi, my name is Kaytee and I am the girl behind the lens of Kaytee Lorentzen Photography. I started this business back in October 2015. I have a bunch more things about me that don’t involve photography. And here are 10 of them.

1: I am a ISFJ on the Meyer’s Briggs Scale.

Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging is what I come out to be. I took a quiz at 16personalities.com which is a free version of the Meyer’s Briggs Scale. It gives you all sorts of information and really digs deep into your personality type. If you want to know all about my personality, you can visit them at 16personalities.com.

2: Traveling is one of my favorite things to do.

There is just something about traveling that I just can’t help but love. Ever since I went to France right after my high school graduation, I was hooked! During college, I wasn’t able to really do this as much because I had to worry about schooling. Then, I had the opportunity to go to Europe again to meet a pen pal. Since then, I have felt the need to travel more.

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3: I am training to be the best version of myself that I can be - health wise.

Back in the middle of 2017, I had become very unhappy with the way I looked. I had enough. Nothing was fitting anymore and I just felt blah. I started watching my food intake, but then in January 2018 I started a workout program that helped me keep completely transform. It established a habit in me that made me really try. Now, I have lost over 20 pounds and I am starting to build muscle and I feel phenomenal. I can’t wait to see where I can go.

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4: I just newly became an aunt a few months ago.

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Anyone who knows me, knows I personally do not want children. Don’t get me wrong, they are great, it’s just not something that I see in my future. That is why I am so happy that I got to become an aunt recently. His name is Oxford and he is the cutest thing to grace this planet (but I am VERY biased). I am so excited for all the moments I am going to have with him and how much I get to spoil the little guy.

5: My dog is my fur child.

Instead of human children, I want fur children. I currently own an Australian Shepherd named Kora. She is my first ever dog and she is my world. I also think she is the cutest dog to grace this planet (again, very biased). She is super friendly, loves kids, and running. She is also super intelligent which is so helpful when it comes to any sort of training.

6: I am a busy body.

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I am not able to sit still. It’s hard for me to understand what “rest” really is. For example, my rest day includes me working on my computer on my business. I don’t like to just sit and watch TV or sleep all day. It makes me feel very lazy. Unless it’s structured rest (baths, massages, etc.). So I will always accept those gifts.

7: I am the definition of a foodie.

Food = life. I love all the foods. One of my favorite activities is eating or making food. I am never shy to try new things and it’s very difficult for me to take anything out of my diet. I do restrict my indulgences, but I do give in from time to time.

8: My all-time favorite TV show is Game of Thrones.

Talk to me about this show and we will have hours long conversations. It is my all time favorite show, I have all the seasons on DVD and HBO Now so I can watch them all the time. It’s my addiction and I have waited SO LONG for this current season.

9: I have twin sisters who are some of my best friends and I believe future business partners.

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Growing up, my sisters and I did not get along very much. Now, that seems like the complete opposite. I talk to one of my sister’s weekly and love catching up with them. I can honestly see us all being in some sort of business adventure together through our strong suits and I really hope to see that happen.

10: My dream job would be traveling the world and taking photographs for everyone to see.

If I close my eyes and imagine what the perfect life for me would be, it would be traveling the world to take photographs. Combining my two loves into one would be very ideal. I have always been fascinated with sharing stories from every “corner” of the earth and this would be no exception.

I am so glad I got to let you into my life. Is there anything that you would have never guessed? Tell me some things about you in the comments below.

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