<![CDATA[Katie Bennett Photography - Blog ]]>Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:24:37 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Photographer Interview: Jessica Kobeissi]]>Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:39:12 GMThttp://www.katiebennettphoto.com/1/post/2014/02/photographer-interview-jessica-kobeissi.html
Hello, everybody! Today I'm going to introduce you to a supremely talented photographer. She is one of my inspirations, and I always feel motivated to become better after looking at her photos. But don't take my word for it: look for yourself!

Featured Photography by Jessica Kobeissi

As you can see, Kobeissi definitely has her technical skills down as well as a clear sense of artistic design. Some of her photos have a dark mysterious feeling, while others are more bright and carefree. Throughout all of the photos, you can clearly see a grace and beauty that comes from the ability to combine artistic vision with the practical skills of working with her subjects to bring out their best qualities. These are just a few examples of Jessica's amazing photography. You can see even more by visiting her Deviant Art Profile or her Facebook fan page.

I asked Jessica  a few questions about her photography and plans for the future, and I hope you'll enjoy reading them as much as I did!

Interview with Jessica

1. Tell us a bit about you.
Hello! My name is Jessica Kobeissi. I am 24 years old and was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I am a full time graphic designer and part time photographer.

2. How did you first become involved in photography?
For my graphic design I would use fashion magazines in my work, so it's always been engraved in my mind. It was only until 2 years ago that I began to shoot my own work. This is because I loved to edit photos, but I wasn't comfortable editing photos other people took...so I decided to take them myself I started with a high school senior, and then it slowly turned into engagements, and then fashion. I am doing all of these things but would love to focus on fashion only in the future.

3. How would you describe your photography style in general?
Ah, hard question! Right now it's really contrasted, colorful and bold. As for my overall style, I'm not sure yet...I love bold and bright colors, but then I love the dark aspects of photography. I'm at a point in my photography journey where I am still trying to figure out my style as an artist. This year I will focus more on high fashion and simple styling, because I feel like the less the better. But one thing is for sure, I love simple and clean work.

3. Do you have a memory of a favorite photoshoot? Tell us a little about it and why you enjoyed it.
My favorite photoshoot of all time was when I shot a model for the first time at a park. I was so nervous but after I met the model we got along so well! It was so beautiful out, she was an amazing model and it was very easy going. We had no team with us. Just her and I! We were picking outfits out of my trunk from a bag she brought with her filled with clothes. It was on the spot and more of a fun project for me, rather than taking photos and working. And the best part of all is that we have become close friends ever since and are traveling together taking photos overseas 

4. Where do you see your art going in the next year or so? Do you have any goals for the future?
Definitely! Doing more editorials on my own is a big one. Putting together a lookbook for my portfolio, working with more high end models and traveling and shooting are some of my goals. I want to get into more magazines and start getting more credentials, so I will be able to teach workshops. I absolutely love helping people so that is one thing I want to do in the long run. I see myself shooting high fashion and making more youtube tutorials  I want to do big things with respect to social media, as I feel its important to give back to your audience.

Support Our Featured Artist

If you are inspired by Jessica's work and her interview, please take a moment to like her on Facebook or to visit her web site. Thanks, Jessica for sharing your beautiful photos and words.

Comment: Which of the featured photos did you like best? Who inspires your photography?

<![CDATA[Thankful Thursday: Feb. 27, 2014]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:59:27 GMThttp://www.katiebennettphoto.com/1/post/2014/02/thankful-thursday-feb-27-2014.htmlGood afternoon. Guess what day it is?
I'm definitely feeling more thankful this week than I did during the last. Maybe thankfulness actually works! ;) I've got a few exciting things coming up for KB Photo. For one, Photography Plus Photoshop, is going to be featuring me soon as a photographer! This is the first time I've been featured on somebody else's web site and I'm so thrilled and excited.

Secondly, my own blog projects are taking off! I wasn't able to get photographers in time for features for the first Friday of my editorial calendar, but I've heard back from several photographers who are interested in being interviewed for the blog! So far, I've got three lined up. The first  feature will start tomorrow! I think you will really enjoy the photographs and what the artists have to say.

And on a non-photography note, I've been working on a monster paper and it is almost finished (the first rough draft at least). I will be so happy when it is done!

I'm also thankful that, whoever you are, you're reading this blog post right now. Thanks for helping me increase my site traffic and for giving my words life!

Tell me in the comments: What are you thankful for today?
<![CDATA[Wordless Wednesday: February 26, 2014]]>Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:57:45 GMThttp://www.katiebennettphoto.com/1/post/2014/02/wordless-wednesday-february-26-2014.html]]><![CDATA[Thankful Thursday]]>Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:49:58 GMThttp://www.katiebennettphoto.com/1/post/2014/02/thankful-thursday.htmlIt's funny that I'm writing a thankfulness post write now when I feel almost anything but. However, maybe that's the best time to be intentionally thankful...I feel exhausted, worn out, and burned out. So, really the first thing I am thankful for is that this too shall pass.

Secondly, I want to talk about some awesome people I know. I'm thankful for my fellow students at school who make me feel a little better about bearing the burden of senior year.

I'm thankful to my parents for keeping my photos of my Europe trip for all these years. That's why I have the photographs of my favorite sculpture to follow.

I'm thankful to my husband who brings me so much joy every day.

Now, I want to switch gears and talk about some photography resources I'm thankful for.

Thank you to Larisa Koshkina for providing these beautiful photos of snow and berries for free. Your free gift to the web has resulted in the "winter" part of my collage below.

I'm thankful for Phlearn, and all of the funny, witty Photoshop tutorial videos on that web site. I'm also thankful that there are places for designers to get free textures like Subtle Patterns. I also am thankful for Public Domain Pictures. I'm also thankful for my friends at Deviant Art . I've met talented photographers and artists there who have encouraged me and given me a way to display my art when nobody else cares to look :). 

It is so great to see talented artists giving of their time and efforts to help others. We are a community of artists. Keep on giving, and keep on being awesome.

I'm thankful that despite my exhaustion I've had a flux of creativity. Here's a recent work: "Seasons of Love"

And a closer look at each season...You can tell which is which, right?
Which is your favorite? What are you thankful for today?
<![CDATA[Wordless {Almost} Wednesday]]>Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:30:14 GMThttp://www.katiebennettphoto.com/1/post/2014/02/wordless-almost-wednesday.htmlPsyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss
by Antonio CANOVA 

Photos taken by me in 2008 before I got my DSLR camera. These were taken with a simple, cheap point-and-shoot. My favorite sculpture in the Louvre.

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I made you all a present! I made this using Picmonkey. This is a quote from one of my favorite movies, Ever After: A Cinderella Story.

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