Hi! So many exciting things have been happening in my life and behind the scenes. I know that we have not been posting a ton on our blog (so sorry) but sometimes its hard to sit and slow down! I have some great news and that is I am going to still post portraits sessions on this blog but also start to fill in what is happening in my life, KNPA as and my other two companies Fotolanthropy (non profit) and Fotostrap! (product line of camera straps) and the life in between.
Here is a quick recap to bring you up to speed. Katie Norris Portrait Arts was established in 2008 and in 2011 I got a phone call from a tearful mother that changed the direction of my life and career. I was called to use my camera for good and love on families that have faced hard times. With the support from friends and family I founded Fotolanthropy in 2011. Fotolanthropy, is a non profit organization that documents inspiring true stories through photography and film. In a short amount of time, we are humbled as it is growing into a nationwide movement and giving artists the tools to give back! Photography + film + philanthropy. (www.fotolanthropy.com)
My next step was finding a way to fund this mission. We know times are hard and I didn’t want to rely soley on donations…what if donations never came in? How would we be able to fund helping these families? That’s when my life took an exciting turn. I went to the sketch pad as I do whenever I am dreaming up ideas and started to design a fashionable camera strap. I decided to create a socially responsible product that would promise with every purchase we would donate a portion of each sale to Fotolathropy! Thanks to Blake Mycoskie’s book “Start Something That Matters” I was able to find a solution. As soon as I shut that book, I went to work inspired and in January 2012 the sketches started and the search for manufactures began to bring this sketch to life. In April of 2012 we had our first prototype of the Fotostrap! The Fotostrap has taken our team on an incredible journey and we are excited that it is being placed in retail and online stores nation and worldwide….God is good! (www.fotostrap.com)
We celebrate each small victory because in entreprenusrhip most days are filled with busting it as hard as you can each and every day. This road is not always glamorous but I could not be more thankful to be doing what I am doing now, using my gifts to help others that are facing hard times. I hope you will join in on the conversation and follow the journey ahead with us.
Photo by Claire McCormack Photography