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I'm Katelyn James Alsop, a photographer, educator and momma who believes any photographer can have a profitable AND purposeful business.

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I’ve been hoping for this day for a very long time…. but I wasn’t sure that it would ever come. That sounds dramatic but let me explain. I LOVE my website company. Showit is incredible and the more I learn about and experience other platforms for hosting and creating custom websites, the more I realize, they aren’t really, truly “custom” at all. Showit is the website design platform for the creative. Hands-down. It’s so powerful, so intuitive and so easy to use. Years ago, Showit created a way to implement a Showit theme onto a Wordpress blog!!! Genius! I couldn’t wait for my blog to be a Showit blog…. but it never happened.

Why? Because my blog wasn’t hosted on Katelynjames.com. It was custom coded wordpress blog that lived on another serve and had over a decade of content stored there. We tried multiple times to move it but it was so massive that we had serious issues. Years passed and I started to give up hope that I would ever get to experience the design freedom and creativity that a Showit-Wordpress blog had to offer. Recently, with the help of some very talented people at Showit and our amazing designer, worked together to tackle the gigantic task of getting KJ’s Blog onto a new server and fully functioning as a Showit-blog!

I’m obsessed with it!!!!

We may still have some tweaks here and there to handle…. but it’s live and it’s beautiful!

Jen, our designer, is forever patient! She’s talented and has a gift for looking beyond how things have always been and creating new online experiences while also maintaining brand elements that our people have some to know and love about us. I can’t see past what I’ve always had. I’m so limited in my view of what my online presence could be and I’m so thankful for Jen’s eye and her willingness to give me a fresh start online!

So what’s so great about this new blog?!  Let me tell you!

  • It has better navigation!
  • Categories reflect of what is important to me these days in my business!
  • It houses content and showcases it a way that encourages viewers to keep clicking!
  • It’s not just a blog…. it’s basically a continuation of my website! – This is the perk of Showit. We took canvases from my main site and duplicated them underneath my open-posts to make the user experience all-encompassing with my brand! Instead of just showcasing a blog post, my viewers are introduced to so many parts of my business after each post ends!
  • It’s cleaner
  • It’s visually more appealing thanks to more negative space, bolder fonts and re-designed sidebars!

 

There is so much more that I could share but I’ll just let you take a tour for yourself!

 

Thank you Jen for your amazing work! Thank you Nate and Kylen at Showit for being incredible resources for us with our hiccups and hurdles! So thankful for this incredible team. Our industry is unlike any other. The more we grow as a company, the more I’m realizing this at a new level and I’m grateful!

 

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Also, if you’re a KJ ALL ACCESS active member, you get 20% OFF Showit MONTHLY!!!!! Learn more HERE! 

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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