We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Bradshaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was just 18 years old when I started my business. I truly loved and enjoyed every aspect of photography and wanted to do something I loved. Simple as that! Being young and naive helped a bit I’m sure 😉
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For the last 10 years I’ve been known as a wedding (and portrait) photographer. I have shot countless weddings even all over the country. Recently something inside of me has shifted and I changed the entire focus on my business to boudoir. Which is photographing women in lingerie. I know my work and social media feeds are deceiving because I make women look so good. A lot of women think, “I could never do something like this.” But I’ve been working hard to show women they CAN do this, they SHOULD do this and they DESERVE to do this. No matter where you’re at in your life…married, divorced, single, mom of two…whatever it may be. My boudoir sessions give women their confidence back. They are a fun, transformative experience that I think every women should experience at least once in their lives. Shifting my business wasn’t easy and turning away future weddings was challenge for me. But I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be and have finally found my niche in the photography world. My home studio was just completed during quarantine and my 2020 calendar is almost sold out.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I grew up and have always lived north of Denver in the suburbs. One of my favorite places to hit is Lisa Anne’s Bakery in Thornton to get a cinnamon roll as big as your head. In the summertime (especially with Covid) going to a lake has been fun. Boyd Lake you can rent a pontoon boat or jet skis for a few hours. Then I love going to a great sushi restaurant like Sushi Den or Matsuhisa Sushi. Some other fun places I love in Denver is RiNo, Axe Throwing, Denver Selfie Museum, all the sushi, Red Rocks and I really want to try sunset yoga on the roof of Larimer Social!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
10 years ago after I graduated high school my parents told me I could start my own business and that’s all I needed to hear. Being a teenaged entrepreneur was very hard, confusing and overpowering at times. My parents deserve all the credit for their support and help with every aspect of growing and creating my business. I’m very grateful to amazing photographers who share their knowledge like Alex Chalkey and Michael Sasser in the boudoir community. Their educational resources have been so helpful and inspiring.
Headshot by Dustin Moon