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Name: Katie DiSimone
1636 Leah Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Paso Robles 93446

If you want to know how I became a wedding photographer, there are no sappy stories about my grandpa giving me my first camera when I was 6 years old and igniting my photography passions…because that didn’t happen. I became a photographer at first because of two seemingly unrelated things…I had a crush on a guy and I love technology gadgets. A long time ago, I was a professional engineer starting work at "real" job in San Luis Obispo. To stay in shape, I decided to swim on my lunch breaks at the public pool nearby. There was more than just swimming on my mind though. A cute guy was a local high school water polo coach. I’d see him over on the side of the pool coaching his team…and I’d wait for him to ask me out. Wait. I’d wear a great looking swimsuit, walk across his line of sight. Wait again. Nothing. Finally, I got brave and asked him out. We had a great time together, but he always seemed to be busy coaching that water polo team. In an effort to woo him, I attended a lot of water polo games. Unfortunately, no matter how much I watched that first season…I didn’t seem to be getting any smarter about the game. I decided to bring along a camera to mask my continued ignorance of the game. It was a great diversion and I had a blast sharing the pictures with the team.

We hired Katie for our wedding photography and had a great experience. She was incredibly friendly, had a great vibe at the wedding and the photographs were beautiful. You do wait a bit to get them back (almost a month), but we were very happy in the end. We had countless guests tell us how much they liked the photographer and when we shared the photos, how beautiful they were.

And, here comes the expensive part…then Canon put out its first digital SLR camera. The D30. I didn’t buy it (one of the last times I ever resisted the urge to buy camera gear). A year later, Canon released the D60 and I finally jumped. The idea of a digital SLR was just too fascinating to resist finally. That first DSLR camera body cost $3000, was only 8 MP, and had terrible low-light performance. BUT…it was perfect for water polo games. At the urging of the team, I submitted the photos to the local newspaper. What do ya know? They liked them enough to publish them regularly AND hire me as a local photographer.

And that’s the story of how a crush on a guy and my inability to resist technology lead to a photography career. It’s also the story of how I met my husband, the cute water polo coach.

Ten years, two kids, 8 cameras and 16 lenses later…I am still madly in love with my husband and photography.

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