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Listening to her
heart led Katie
to her success
Award winning family portrait photographer Katie Kolenberg at her home studio
Photo: Graham Tidy
Mary Lynn Mather
Award-winning family portrait
photographer Katie Kolenberg
wanted the right name for her
business, brainstorming ideas for
months before coming up with
The way I communicate is very
much heart-based,'' she said,
adding she also brought people's
stories to life.
She uses her camera to catch the
essence of occasions like weddings
and births, documenting
relationships and recording
When she became a mum eight
years ago, she took 12 months'
maternity leave and spent much of
it snapping her baby's everyday
I realised how important it was
to capture the moments visually,''
she said, admitting she grew more
and more obsessed with it''.
Listening to her heart, Kolenberg
ditched her public service job and
six years ago she began what has
become a very successful career.
"I want my son to grow up
knowing that hard work and
passion is all it takes to achieve
your dreams,'' she said.
Family is why I went into
business in the first place.''
She is not sure she got the more
flexible lifestyle'' she desired, but
she is grateful for the crazy twists
and turns'' her professional path
In 2012, her marriage ended and
she had to decide whether to step
the business up another level or let
Of course, Kolenberg went with
her heart's dictates.
A lot of people long to find
work that's fulfilling and makes a
difference to people's lives and
even though I was terrified at that
point that I couldn't go on, I felt
like I owed it to myself and my
little boy to keep on swimming,''
Challenges make us stronger
and more resilient.''
In 2014, she teamed up with
another photographer, Jeremy
Byrnes, and they are now life and
Together and individually, they
have taken out state and national
titles and received a slew of
Kolenberg picked up the highest
title in her genre at the Australian
Professional Photography Awards:
2015 AIPP Australian Family
Photographer of the Year.
Byrnes, a finalist in the same
category, was right by her side.
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