Friday Introductions: Katy Sergent, Northeast Tennessee Photographer

In [late] celebration of my birthday and turning 26, I thought I would share some random facts about myself to go along with my fresh off the press headshots! Instead of sharing all of the formal things of my life (you can read about those here ), I thought it would be fun to share 6 random/fun things you may not know about me. I love sharing the little quirks, since it is truly me. 

1. I love puns and usually make terrible ones during conversation, and then laugh at myself. Ask anyone who knows me- this really happens. If I can sneak a good pun into our conversation then I feel my day is complete. One of my all time favorite puns is, "I mustache you a question, but I'll shave that for later." Heh, heh, see what I did there? (I have much better ones up my sleeve, I promise, I just can't pun on command!)

2. I have one tattoo (so far), on my ribs that says, "Sky above me, Earth beneath me, Fire within me."  To me, whenever I start worrying about life (you know, those crazy life things), it is a reminder that as long as the sky is above me and the earth is beneath me, that everything is going to be okay, and to keep my fire (my passions) close by and in my heart. 

I have about 5 more tattoos planned out- but those won't be happening for a while. Stay tuned. 

3. I have my boater's license. In Tennessee, if you were born after January 1st, 1989, then you have to take a boating test in order to legally drive a boat on a lake. Since I'm a 1990 baby, when my husband and I bought our boat (a 1984 Boston Whaler, it's basically our child), I signed up and studied to get my boating license, and passed!

Bonus fact, it took me two tries to pass my driver's test! I sucked at parallel parking! >.<

4. The Appalachian Trail holds a special place in my heart, even if I haven't hiked the whole thing. My childhood home in Maryland was a minute drive (literally, if you timed it) to a trailhead to the Appalachian Trail. Talk about being spoiled! There was one summer that my best friend, Sarah, and I hiked small chunks of the trail to eventually complete the whole state. It's a 40 mile section, so in comparison to the whole trail (2,180 miles total), it's not that much, but hey, it's one state out of 14!

Years later, my [then boyfriend and now] husband Andrew proposed to me at my favorite spot on the trail, the Annapolis Rocks outcropping in Maryland. I'll never forget that hike! 

Left, the view from a sunset hike at Annapolis Rocks. Right, Andrew proposing.

5. My taste in music is ranges from country to pop to electronic, but my husband has me currently jamming to Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Daniel Romano, and Jamey Johnson. These guys are all seriously so talented in the country/americana genre. I'm talking REAL country. Not like, Florida Georgia Line/Luke Bryan (even though they are talented in their own 'pop country' genre). I'm talking deep vocals, moving guitar, a screaming pedal steel and some of the best lyrics I've ever heard. Seriously, give them a listen!

6. My dad was the one who got me into photography. He had a Canon AE-1 Program film camera with a few lenses. I remember digging it out of a box in the spare bedroom and seeing a huge telephoto lens in a leather case that amazed me. I asked him about it and he taught me that the telephoto was mostly for wildlife photography- being a wildlife lover and hunter himself. After learning how to load the film (very trial and error with the non-auto film cameras), I would take it behind our barn (we had 5 acres) and stalk the deer and catch them on film.

I took his camera and completed my first year of college with it.  It wasn't until my senior year that my purse was stolen and of course, his camera happened to be in my purse. 

I now have another AE-1 and absolutely love it (pictured in the first photo and the photo below).

A huge thanks to my hair and makeup artist, Rebecca Reeves, for not only giving me beautiful hair and makeup, but for also shooting my new headshots! Rebecca colored my hair with a beautiful balyage highlighting technique and gave me some lovely layers (and curls for the photos). She also did a phenomenal job on doing my makeup for our shoot together and kept it really natural, per my request.

Ladies- if you're looking for a hair and makeup artist- she's your gal! Thanks, Rebecca!