I'd communicate solely through GIFs if it was socially appropriate, but since we must use words, here are a few:
I started out as a portrait and wedding photographer in 2014 and moved into brand photography and branding when I saw so many friends starting their own businesses. It was a new thing and if ya know me, I don't always love new things. I didn't want to admit I was moving to a new space. I felt the insecurity, confusion, and doubt and it wasn't a fun. But there were people who helped me get a leg up and that's what I want to do for you.
If I could help you see one thing, it’s this - you weren’t placed here to be “just” anything. You’re not “just” a mom, you’re not “just” a painter, you’re not “just” a counselor. The space you take up is on purpose and for a purpose that’s immense, impactful, and important.
We’ll translate all that into visuals you feel well-represented in. Because the world needs more of you, but first, you’ve gotta say yes.
It was a magical year - 2010 - this introvert had stepped out of her shell freshman year at SUNY Cortland, made a few friends, (plummeted her GPA), and took some really terrible photos. I called the Facebook album "match.com." I started falling in love with that borrowed Canon Rebel and soon got my own. I'd been bit with the photo bug for good.
I started out as an Early Elementary Education major (mostly because my mom is one of the best teachers out there), but halfway through the program, I felt pulled in another direction. I assumed switching my major to English was a huge mistake, but I wanted to spend time cultivating a culture in our on-campus ministry, bribing my friends to model, and write for the sake of writing. Cue the quarter-life crisis and subsequent meltdowns.
I moved away from my family, friends, community, and comfort zone in Cazenovia, New York to the lone land of Ohio and three months later decided to start my photography business. It was a weird season of change and I think the constant shift gave me a reason to shake things up. I made it public - Ariel Kuhn Photography - December 1st and from then on, I was photographing anything and everyone.
I had seen friends starting their own businesses not knowing what to do next and I wanted to help. But, UGH, the timing. After months preparing for my own rebrand to offer branding alongside photography, 2020 hit. Like, the same week. I launched anyway and realized with all the businesses budding from home, I wanted the process, team, and intentionality in place to jump in and serve where I could. That year, I was able to work with a handful of small business owners looking to launch and it lit me up.
For friends? It’s photos of your season. For small business owners? It’s a simple, streamlined process to get your online presence up, running, and feeling like home. I never imagined calling myself a photographer, using my English degree to write copy for entrepreneurs, or encouraging the cool kids brave enough to start a business. But it all connects somehow and however it connects for you is what I want to hear, see, capture, and share.
I'm much more of a Gilmore Girls, comfy couch, Jeni's ice cream, Netflix movie, snuggle with a cozy blanket on a Friday night type of girl. So, welcome to this space and meet the other humans in it.
I've got two sweet and spicy girls driving me up all the trees - Lana is the bunny-obsessed, spunky big sister to Harper who’s decided to join the rank of extroverts in the family. They're a few of my favorite reasons for building this business and I'm grateful you're here.
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