It feels like my website overhaul came alongside a general life overhaul. I’m happy to announce that this fall, I’ll be expanding my role at Stevenson University as a full-time chemistry lecturer. This means more campus exposure, students to advise, and a full-time paycheck with benefits (!). It also means more discipline in my schedule and being protective of the time I have to dedicate to my photography work and my relationships. If anything, though, I tend to thrive in situations outfitted with full schedules. I’m either productive with everything or with nothing. It’s starting to look like an upcoming season of all. the. things, and I’m terribly excited. This doesn’t come without a few worries, but I’m working on being able to adequately express my needs and concerns so that I don’t get to the overwhelmed place that makes me a tad crazy. Communication here is key. And prayer. A lot of that.
And so, a little more about the new site and my hopes and dreams for it…
Let’s start with the home page. It’s beautiful, right? It includes links to the blog, about page, and portfolio, along with tabs on my latest blog posts. It also features the site header and tagline. I chose Kait Bailey because that’s my name, and it felt like a natural move from a site title that really didn’t relate to me much (as good as Hello Morning Glory was to me, let’s be honest and say that I hardly related to mornings once I started working a big girl job). The tagline was something I mulled over for a while. I wanted something that could summarize what I’m about as a person, but that also applies to my goals as a photographer and as a writer here on the blog. I considered “let’s be adventurers” and laughed over a few funny lines, but once I thought about our stories – the stories I write from my own life and the stories I get to photograph, I realized that’s what I wanted to use. Finding beauty in our stories seemed like the perfect fit.
The about page and contact page are pretty standard – the about page came straight from my old blog with a few minor tweaks. The contact page includes a brief pricing statement, but I’ve found that there are so many different needs that individual clients have, rather than include pages and pages of photography package options, I’ve listed a starting point and encourage potential clients to reach out so that we can create the perfect package to meet their needs.
The blog is still the thing closest to my heart on this site. I’ve been writing in an online journal of sorts for over five years, and I have no intention of slowing down any time soon. Writing and reading will always be my first loves, and I hope I never stop being inspired by words. On the side of both the blog and the about page, you’ll find a whole host of links. The first few are social media related (find me on Instagram here and on Facebook here), and are followed by a search tool and an email follow sign up. My sweet, sweet email followers, I could not figure out how to import the list over from Hello Morning Glory, so you’ll have to sign up again to receive email updates from the blog. Please and thank you and bless you! The rest of the side bar features additional search tools (by date from the archives, or by category) and popular recent posts.
The portfolio is the feature that drew me to this site design (which I found in this lovely Etsy shop, by the way) and I love that it can be sorted by category. I’m still tweaking a few of these, but my favorite thing about the portfolio is how I hope it will grow in the coming year! As a photographer and creative, my style is still being shaped, and I’m working to find a look for my images that feels really “me”. Over the next year, I hope to further develop and establish my style as my business and my role as a photographer grows.
What you won’t find directly on the site, but I hope is evident around each corner, is the prayer that goes into it all. My drives to work each morning have been filled with asking God to protect my heart in all of this, to keep me from defining or valuing myself based on likes and pageviews. I’m on my knees begging for this to not be an instrument of my own pride, but of God’s glory. My hope is that by creating a business modeled on finding beauty in our stories, that the love God has for us may be clearly reflected.
Thank you a million times over for joining me in these prayers and dreams.