We had the good fortune of connecting with Chasity Kelley and Kacy Molar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chasity and Kacy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We started out as two best friends who enjoyed taking pictures together. After taking a photography class in high school and learning more advanced techniques we wanted to take our hobby a step forward and started our instagram. Still taking photos for fun we were surprised when people started asking us to take their pictures for them. Encouraged by this we decided to actually make it a business. We just wanted to have fun and take pictures but it turned into a business opportunity for us and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
One thing that sets us apart from others is that we recognize that not everyone can afford to hire a photographer and so we make our sessions more affordable. We enjoy giving people a chance to capture memories or show off their personalities in photos. We are able to do this thanks to the community that we grew up in being supportive of our business. Without them it would have been a lot harder to get clients and build a portfolio. Throughout this process we learned that when you start out your work isn’t always going to be the best, but that pushing forward and continuing to learn will make you improve. It is interesting to look back at the photos we used to take and see how much we have grown. If we were to tell the world about our story, we would want them to know that we do this because we love it. This all started because we found it to be fun and wanted to share it with others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To show our friend the best time in Arizona we would start out with some local spots in Gilbert. First we would start the day at Dutch bros and grab a rebel or coffee and head over to one of our favorite parks known as Riparian Preserve Ranch, finishing the day with dinner at Sushi Avenue. Next day we would go shopping at San Tan Village mall and grab boba at BubbleBee and then make the trip to Tempe to grab crazy flavored corn dogs at Mochinut. Next day we would spend the day at Top Golf and later that night head to Fat Cats to play games and go bowling. After having enough of the city for the rest of the week we would head to different spots in Arizona each day. First, Tonto Natural Bridge, second Woods Canyon lake to go canoeing, third Antelope Canyon, and finish the trip off at the greatest national park in Arizona, the Grand Canyon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to thank our families who believed in the quality of our photos and encouraged us to start a business.