Meet the Maker: Kinsey Mhire

2116ca068dfd11e3aa500e149370af7a_8I first came across Kinsey Mhire’s work on Facebook, when someone else I was “following” shared one of her photos. I still remember letting out a loud gasp and immediately liking her page. But it wasn’t until she shared a recipe for her lemon blueberry scones that I knew I needed to learn more about her.

So, luckily for me, this wonderful photographer from Springfield, Missouri accepted my invitation to share a little bit more about her on my blog.

Self-taught, Kinsey started taking photos at 17, and shot her first wedding at 18. Now, she works with a Canon 5D Mark II and has a few photo editing programs in her arsenal: Photo Mechanic 5,  Lightroom 4, VSCO presents Film Pack 01, Film Pack 02 and Film Pack 04.

“I think we can get really technical about what makes a “good” photo. But at the end of the day, all that matters is if it makes you feel something. Happy, excited, nostalgic, hopeful, etc. Those are the images worth keeping, despite how “imperfect” they are.”

A recent wedding she shot. Photo from Kinsey Mhire

Photo from Kinsey Mhire

Kinsey never planned on turning her love for photography into a living, but decided she could do it after getting e-mails requesting engagement, family and wedding photos.

“One day it just hit me, this could really happen. I could actually be a wedding photographer.”

She started her blog to not only document her photo sessions, but to also share her love of crafting and food with the world. It also holds her accountable to keep creating something new that is better than the day before. She shares sewing projects, recipes and crafts often on her blog, and her favorite things to make are unique clothing and home decor.

“I need to create. It’s in my bones, and I feel like a part of me is missing when I’m not.”

A recent craft she shared. Photo from Kinsey Mhire

A recent craft she shared. Photo from Kinsey Mhire

Kinsey does something that I have never seen from a photographer – she posts tour dates on her blog. Since she and her husband love to travel, they mix a little business with pleasure and get to meet a lot of different people from different places.

“One of my dearest passions is the love between my clients, so to be able to witness love stories all across the globe, well, it just made sense to offer sessions during our travels!”

While her daily activities may vary due to her work schedule, Kinsey begins every morning with cuddling her dog and husband, goes for a run or practices yoga and reads for at least 30 minutes. Then, she starts the work day where she will blog for the first half and then run her errands. She will end up at a coffee shop to do all of her editing and catch up on e-mails. When the work day is over, she meets up with friends for rock climbing or to grab a beer and shoot pool.

Kinsey says that for every hour she spends shooting, she spends another five hours post processing – dealing with emails, contract, culling, editing, uploading images, ordering prints, designing albums and more.

Just look at that pup! Photo from Kinsey Mhire

Just look at that pup! Photo from Kinsey Mhire

“I’m terrified of losing photos/hard drive failing, so I have countless copies of every wedding and session backed up on my computer, hard drive, and online.”

Kinsey’s favorite photo shoots are engagement sessions and she describes her shooting style as real and candid. She often mixes in a little spontaneity with her go-to poses. Depending on the clients, she gives them time to get comfortable and works from there.

The best “poses” seem to happen when you give your clients a bit of direction, and then make them feel comfortable to be themselves!

If she wasn’t a photographer, Kinsey would be a seamstress and would most likely own a small, handmade shop or become a counselor for troubled teens/advocate for the prevention and protection against human trafficking.

In a headband she made. Photo from Kinsey Mhire

In a headband she made. Photo from Kinsey Mhire

“Sewing my own clothes is something I started back in high school, and it’s always been a hobby I really enjoy.”

When asked what advice she had for someone who is just starting their creative business, she had this to say:

“Be yourself. Work hard. Keep your passions and priorities in check. If it becomes all about “being known” or making the big bucks, you will become exhausted very quickly.”

Although she is not one to share her future goals online, Kinsey is looking forward to seeing how much she grows and changes in the next couple of years.

With her husband. Photo from Kinsey Mhire

With her husband. Photo from Kinsey Mhire

“I’ve a few projects I’m working towards that I can’t wait to share in the future, but for now they are just dreams. :)”

Kinsey firmly believes that every person has the power to change someone’s life for the better or worse, and she prays that she continues to bring hope, encouragement and inspiration to every person she meets – whether it’s a wedding client or a barista at a coffee shop.

“I’m so inspired by other peoples stories. The pain and heartache, the love and triumphs. The fact that my job allows me to document stories is one of the sweetest, most rewarding parts of my life.”

You can find more about this amazing person by visiting her blog and connecting with her on Facebook and Instagram. All of these photos are from her Instagram account. If you would like to be featured in this series, I would love to have you. If you know an amazing maker, I would love to have them, too. Just post a link in the comments, share it on social media or e-mail it to me.

It’s all business, baby

There are very few nights during the week that I am able to go to bed before 10 pm. Ironically, on those nights, I am unable to sleep. I lay awake worrying about stuff that I don’t even need to worry about, but I can’t get them out of my head. Since my boyfriend wakes up at 5 am and has a very strenuous job, I don’t want to wake him, so I normally find myself on the couch, thinking. Luckily, this insomnia has given me some time to think about the direction of all of my work. And here is what I have decided.

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When I started baby burrito collective (my online art collective), I had a big picture of what I wanted. Back when I lived in Sacramento, I was big into the art scene, even though I never considered myself an artist. I just loved being around it all, and I loved to help promote my artist friends the most that I could. I wanted to keep that going when I started my art collective. I couldn’t do it in person that much anymore, so I wanted to do it all online. Since everything is so out there right now, and not a whole lot of people are taking their stories to the media anymore, that part of it is limited. So, I’m offering more web services now: adding people to my website and online store, creating flyers and pretty much anything else they need to get started. I’m still working on transforming it, but I’m seeing my vision become more and more clear, day by day.

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I have also decided to change my online handmade shop from Mariposa Blossoms to Sweet Mariposa. For some reason, that name has just sort of stuck with me, and it sounds so beautiful, so I decided to change it. I have also added another person to my shop, my friend Kandyce! I’m going to be putting up a few of her paintings, and some new stuff I’m working on, so they should be up there soon! I’m really excited to see what will happen with this shop!

And finally…my first love, this blog. I thought about it really hard, and this is what I want to see happen. I like the flow that it has right now, and I’m hoping to add some more profiles on women who started their own businesses, especially moms. I love hearing their stories and I feel so inspired every single time I write about them. I have been contacting a bunch of lovely ladies – to the point that I feel like a vacuum saleswoman at times – and I am hoping to share some of their stories soon. I also hope this will lead me to some people that I could write about in my book, but only the future will tell. I will be sharing some more news soon!

I am always looking for people and companies to partner up with. The online handmade community is one of the biggest reasons that I started blogging, and I love everything about it. If you think your story would fit with this blog, or if you think your company would benefit from sponsoring this blog, please let me know. I would love to work with you. I am also thinking of starting a book club that is centered around reading homemade business books. Let me know if you’re interested in joining!

Thank you so much for joining me on this wonderful journey. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+. I’m pretty much everywhere. Let me know if you want to be featured on my blog, or if there is someone you think I should interview. Post in the comments and use the hashtag #businessminded on any of the social media sites listed above.

Scarf Giveaway!

Lilia Vanini Giveaway

Lilia Vanini is the owner and operator of Lilia Vanini Boutique on Etsy, where she sells beautiful handmade scarves, handbags and headwraps. She learned to sew from her grandma, who was a seamstress for a fashion boutique in her town.

During a vacation to Venice, Italy, she was reintroduced to her first passion, sewing. She eventually moved there after 10 years of dreaming about it, and immersed herself in the handmade world again. Now, she works in her studio, creating a variety of beautiful handmade items – handbags, scarves, headwraps, legwarmers, bootsocks and jewelry.

Today, she is offering a free handmade scarf of the winner’s choice. There are over 50 scarves to choose from, and each of them are worth over $25. Perfect for the fall! Since I am unable to embed the giveaway on this site, the link below will take you directly to the Giveaway page. You can also enter on my Facebook! The giveaway will be going on for a week, and we will let the winner know 48 hours after the giveaway ends.

You can find out more about Lilia Vanini by visiting her Etsy shop and connecting with her on Facebook. If you would like to offer a giveaway of your product, please let me know in the comments!

Good luck!

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