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April 18, 2019

Meet Kendra Plathe, an Iowa Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer

Hey Kendra! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey ya’ll! It’s me, Kendra, the coolest person ever, ha! But for real, I am a wedding/lifestyle photographer based out of West Des Moines, IA. Currently, I am leaving my corporate job and pursing my wild dream of being a photographer full time. This is one of the most terrifying, but exciting life decisions I have made. Photography is what I truly put my heart and soul in to.

I saw on your website that your photography journey started in high school. Can you tell me a little of what it was like?

I was very fortunate to have an amazing art teacher named Broz who inspired me. One project, he had us take home a camera and when I came back with my photos he told me that he believed I had the eye for it and should stick with it. Honestly, if it wouldn’t have been for him, I am not sure if I would have found photography or not.

You also went to school for photojournalism! I don’t many photographers who are “professionally trained” to that degree – how was the program?!

Yes, I went to Iowa State University and also worked at the student newspaper. Working at the newspaper taught me so much about how to properly use my camera and how to tell a story through a photo. I also had to learn how to be able to shoot in any type of light situation. Some of my favorite events to photograph were sporting events and concerts. Till this day, I am still using these techniques in my style of photography.

 Kendra Plathe

What equipment do you use to shoot? How has it changed over the years?

I currently shoot with a Canon 5dMarkiii and a Canon 6d. Most of the time you will find the Sigma Art 35mm or Canon 70-200mm on my cameras. My first SLR camera was a Canon40d.

Do you have a favorite shoot to date? Wedding, lifestyle shoot – tell us the story/about the experience!

Honestly, my last shoot haha. I enjoy constantly learning and trying new techniques and couples that believe in my artistic vision. My last couple were fully onboard with all of my wild ideas and never once gave me the look of, girl you crazy! HA! I mean, I had them laying in the middle of a basketball court, climbing up four sets of stairs in a parking garage while I ran across the street to the roof of another building, and posing in the middle of a busy road.

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Why should someone book you as his or her photographer?

Because not only are you buying a photo service, you are also buying a lifelong friend! I truly care about everyone I work with and if I could do photography for free, I still would. I love to continue communicating with my clients through social media even after their session and watching them continue to grow in life.

What advice would you give someone new to the business?

Never stop learning. This art form is always changing and you have to keep us with those changes. Also, never give up. This career isn’t easy, but it’s very fulfilling being able to provide others with lifelong memories.

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You’re a mom! How do you balance mom/work life?

Woofta! Good question. Haha! It hasn’t been easy, especially since I also worked a regular full-time job. Most of my photography work was happening after I would put my son to sleep. A lot of late nights. However, I have recently put my notice in at my full time job and will be pursuing photography full time at the beginning of March. I am going to set hours for work and my nights will be devoted to family time.

What is your morning routine if you have one?

Haha, I was the worse morning person. My routine is waking up 15 minutes before I need to leave and running around trying to look half awake. Not very great advise for others.

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If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with the money?

I have always been a giving type of person. First thing I would do though, pay off those student loans! *sigh* I would pay off all of mine and my families debt. Then I would indulge on some nice camera equipment and lots of vacations. Mostly though, I would donate a ton to charities and others in need.

Anything else you want to share?

Thanks for the interview, appreciate the love!

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