Two sisters who have two different passions all tangled into one. Jamie and I are two totally different people, I mean she’s blonde and I am brunette for one. But really, we love the opposite of everything, except for Taylor Swift, Jesse McCartney, Motocross, and Mexican food. Both of our passions stemmed from an important part of our lives and have since grown from there. Get ready for a major throwback! Our story starts with our first love, motocross.
My dad was one of four boys, each lived on the seat of a dirt bike. This loved was passed from my great grandad to my papaw to my dad to us. There is something about the feeling of going fast and flying through the air that you forget the world is actually turning around you. Motocross was not a hobby, it was a passion.
Passing it down
It wasn’t long until the passion for riding became an every weekend thing, Tyler, our middle brother took riding to a new level for us and started racing. Tyler is the only boy in our family, so basically he was destined to race eventually. Since Tyler was old enough to ride a bike, he was on a dirt bike. It wasn’t long until we started to travel for races to different states, which is where the next story begins…
We started to travel every weekend to races out of town, it became an event for the whole family where we would camp out at the track and race. This is when Jamie developed the love for photos. Jamie the youngest of the three of us, and the other half of Katie Bowlds Photography, watched all of the motocross photographers out on the track and eventually started to follow some of them to see how it worked. This was when Jamie was around the age of 12. Shortly after, Jamie got her first camera and got out on the track to take pictures. She loved it! Everyone called her “little mx pix chick” because she was all of 4 foot tall, maybe shorter. I began to play around with Tyler’s GoPro videos from him riding at the track and fell in love with the video side of things. We loved motocross, we waited for every weekend when we could go back to the track, even made some friends that traveled everywhere with us, which is how I met my husband.
We loved motocross so much, I even got ENGAGED on the track! That’s right, my husband proposed to me on the track. I met my husband at a track, so it was just destined that he would propose on one too. His family traveled every weekend with my family to race so we were basically already one big family. My husband and I were together for 5 years before he proposed, High school sweethearts, and he did it in the most romantic way (well to me). For other girls, this would not be how you would picture your proposal going, but for me it was absolutely hands down the best proposal ever. He even had our friend Tyler Roberts travel from Owensboro to capture it on video!
Life after racing
Eventually, we all got to an age where we couldn’t travel every weekend anymore. I was in college, Tyler still raced locally, and Jamie had travel Softball tournaments. Because we couldn’t photograph or film motocross anymore, we moved into other ventures, like taking pictures of ourselves around the house or at the beach. Well Jamie took pictures and I made videos of our vacations. You wouldn’t catch Jamie without a camera on her hip. The only thing we didn’t know how to do, was edit the pictures she was taking. Jamie had a way of taking something normal persons would see as ugly and make it beautiful. Her personality and overall look on life is what I believe made everything so beautiful. She sees the world differently than most, and shows that in her pictures. She has a knack for capturing the perfect moment.
The video side of things
I guess I owe this credit to my husband. He bought me my first GoPro after seeing all the videos I had created of weekends at the track and Tyler’s GoPro videos of him riding. I suppose he saw my talent before I did. Funny how that works out. But anyway, after he bought me my first GoPro I made videos of every trip we went on, from kayaking to hiking to Florida, etc. I started to get a lot of feedback on my videos so I started to post them to a YouTube channel and eventually had others asking me how I made them and if I would make them a video. I didn’t make these videos for others to enjoy, I made them for me to remember everything that we had done together. I had never imagined that I would be making these videos for weddings or for couples, the thought never even crossed my mind.
What does this have to do with our business?
It simply has everything to do with our business. After motocross, Jamie started taking pictures of everything under the sun. She started taking pictures of her friends, who then posted their pictures on social media, then those who saw the pictures asked who took them. The funny thing was though, once they found out how old she was, they decided they didn’t want pictures anymore. Jamie was around 15 at this point. Being the big sister, I decided to post some of her pictures and got the same response, however this time people asked me to take their pictures. I was 22. Funny how an age was a deciding factor. After we took a few pictures of some family and friends we had more and more people asking us to take their pictures. It was a hobby. Something we did together and had fun doing. Just like we would watch Nicholas Sparks movies together, hopeless romantics we know. We had one family tell us “you guys should start a business together you would do great” but we had no interest in any of that. We didn’t even charge for the pictures we took. We didn’t have a facebook page or an Instagram account where we would post these pictures, we simply took them and edited them and gave them to the person. The wedding videos started with a friend who loved my vacation videos, I filmed the wedding all with a GoPro, that was it. I posted her video to my YouTube and had others ask to film their wedding too. I politely declined as I didn’t think I would have the time or equipment to make videos, and my friends video was simply because I planned on attending her wedding anyway. I was in nursing school and Jamie had just started High School. It wasn’t until I got married that we fell in love with weddings. The planning, the flowers, the white dress, the excitement of the day all hit us like a MAC truck. We instantly fell in love with everything that had to do with weddings. Shortly after I graduated nursing school Jamie and I decided to start a business together. We named it after me rather than after her because of the whole age thing, and it is the BEST decision we have ever made. We have met so many wonderful people and experienced the love between them. And to think, it all started with a dirt bike.