This is a long overdue message, but I wanted to post an update about my business, Kari Kochar Photography. I closed my business at the end of 2013 and am no longer photographing portraits or weddings. The reason why it took so long to send any official updates was that I wanted to be 100% certain of my decision (and taking some time and starting a new business has made me absolutely certain). I haven’t looked at my website in a long time, but I just looked through it again and it brought tears to my eyes- so many wonderful memories with so many incredible people for 10 years! Please excuse me if this is a bit long-winded- I had my business for a long time and had so many incredible personal connections with my clients.
First of all, let me start out with weddings- it was incredible to spend 10 years spending weekend after weekend with couples on one of the most amazing days of their lives. I was so lucky to work with some incredibly cool people, many who became my friends. I also got to go to some amazing locations: Maui, Mexico, Cape Cod, Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez, Arizona and every little nook and cranny of Los Angeles and Orange County.
As for portraits, I don’t know what to say, other than I absolutely loved working with families and especially kids. I don’t know how many people feel that they are blessed with being completely in love with their work, but that’s how I felt all the time working with kids. If I ever photographed you and your kids, you probably know how much I put into that work (I would come home utterly exhausted, but also so happy).
Anyway, it sounds like the kind of career that I would never want to leave, right? Well, you know how you know when a relationship is over and you can’t put your finger on why, but all the signs point to the end of the relationship? Well, it was like that for me with my wedding/portrait photography business. Without going into too many details I will just say that the wedding and portrait business is an extremely competitive and very tough business to operate. Weddings also came with a very high level of stress. For these reasons, and with moving back to the NW and the idea of starting again in a new market, I just decided that it would be a good idea to not start a photography business up here in Washington. It was a difficult decision to not continue with that line of business, but one that I felt was the most true to myself.
And like any relationship ending, I naturally went through some grief over this part of my life ending. I’m happy to report that since I’ve moved back to Washington, I’ve started a new small business. The new business involves buying and selling vintage and antique items online. I am still doing photography, but all the photography I do is now product photography. It’s been exciting and stimulating to learn a new business/field and so far it’s going really well and I’m very happy about the change. I hope that I continue to love it and watch it grow like I did with my photography business.
My website will be shutting down since my hosting will be ending soon and my email (email@example.com) will no longer work. To contact me, please use my other e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, I want to say a big THANK YOU for all the great memories and for all your business and support!