Kat Hardin is the ultimate definition of mompreneur. Six years ago, her two kids, Sam and Zoe, now 13 and 11, had just started school, she had recently gone through a divorce and found herself smack in the middle of that scary transition into the world of Single-Mom-Hood . So what does she do? She decides to begin a new career. Having always toted around a nice camera, Kat had a sweet habit of taking pictures of family and friends, printing them, and sneaking the photos as a surprise into their mailbox, or presenting them as gifts as she arrived at a play date or dinner party . Soon, the happy recipients of those gifts began urging her to hang out a shingle, and become a professional photographer, so she could share her talent with the community, and have a new stream of income for her little family.
In the true entrepreneurial spirit, ( never mind the fact that she had no studio space, nor knew the first thing about studio lighting techniques) Kat trudged headlong into a new business. In between all that goes with being a great mom to a kindergartner and first grader, she located studio space, taught herself all she needed to know about studio lighting, and hasn’t look back since! Kat Hardin Photography in Fort Smith was born.
Kat is a native Arkansan , and grew up in Northeast Arkansas. Last month , for family reasons, she Max and Zoe moved from Fort Smith to Fayetteville. Since then, they’ve had fun getting to know Fayetteville as their new hometown, and Kat Hardin Photography Fayetteville is now open for business, in addition to the Kat Hardin Studio in Fort Smith.
When I asked Kat what inspires her the most when taking photographs, she said ” Arkansas is such a beautiful place to live and shoot pictures” :
“Arkansas is such a beautiful place to live and shoot pictures!”
and she expressed much joy and enthusiasm about the beauty of her subject’s faces. A hallmark of her technique, is to take extra time with the portrait editing, and she takes pride in being a bit persnickety in this process, to make sure the finished product is just as she envisions it should be.
Since Kat moved to Fayetteville, Pretty Old Stuff has been lucky to have her behind the lense for a tea party birthday style shoot and a bohemian wedding style shoot. Enjoy these two sneak peeks of Kat’s exquisite finished products, then hurry and contact her today, before her NWA schedule is all filled up!