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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Ania & Levi go to prom!

I have known Ania for almost two years. I work with her mother at a medical office and see her come in a few times. She has such a bubbly personality and is always smiling. I have used her on a styled session before so she knew what I would deliver.

When she first approached me about doing prom photos, I immediately said yes. I knew it would be a wonderful experience and that she could take direction very well. Her mom and I decided on Oliver Winery in Bloomington as it was really pretty and easy to walk around for many photo opportunities. As the day got closer, the rain forecast was getting more accurate to showering right in the middle of our session time.

I made sure to have some open time before hand so if Ania got her hair and makeup done early, I could run over there and try to get them in before the rain. We were able to get over there 4 hours early from the original time. There was still some slight forecast of rain, so I prayed to the rain gods and requested them to wait until we were done. They must like me because the rain held off.

Ania and Levi DELIVERED! They were amazing to work with and were up to my crazy ideas, and Levi might have got an arm workout in at the same time since I requested lifts. They also knew the possibility of rain and were totally up to using a clear umbrella to add to the photos if needed. (Luckily we didn’t, but were up for it).

I am very excited to share with you the sneak peeks of Ania & Levi’s prom session. Thank you both so much for trusting me to capture this amazing moment in your lives. I hope you enjoy them!

Mommy & Me for Abbey & Max

I am so excited to share with you this session. So truth be told, I have not photographed a two year old I have not met before. I was a little nervous going into it. I had to pull out my training from my daycare teacher days when I used to care for up to ten 2 year olds at a time. Talk about learning to think on your feet. I had to come up with a way I knew would entertain a two year old while also getting photos and hoping that I could easily keep him happy.

I work with Abbey at a medical office full time and so I knew I would be super comfortable photographing her. The stories she would tell about her son (and her perfect impersonations) pumped me up so much to do this session with Max.

We went to the amphitheater right outside the Bryan House on Indiana University’s campus. I figured it would be a perfect backdrop as well as playground for Max. It was a win-win.

He instantly melted my heart. He was very interested in all of the surroundings, which made it very easy to get photographs. Abbey did mention they take a lot of photos of him, so he was not phased by me following him around with my big camera.

Max loved to climb around and was very interested in the non-existent fishes that were in the creek. He was very satisfied with the bubbles I brought for him to play with as well.

Abbey was a total natural as she knew how to interact with him and make amazing photo opportunities. I felt like I never needed to cue her to do anything. It made it so easy to put more focus on following the never stopping Max around.

I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful Mommy & Me session. Thank you both so much for your time and trusting me with this special moment.

Without further ado, here are some sneak peeks of their session.

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