Q&A WITH KARA MARIE TROMBETTA | PHOTOGRAPHER & WOMEN’S ADVOCATE

We are honored to present a special Q&A session with Kara Marie Trombetta, an Austin, TX based, award-winning boudoir photographer, business owner, advocate for women’s self-confidence, wife, mom, world traveler, soon-to-be author, and… shoe lover.

Beyond all this, Kara has a killer sense of humor and style which officially makes her one of the coolest women we know.

Read on to learn more about what drives and inspires Kara, and experience the honesty, grit, and beauty of her photographic images featuring some of her favorite LINEA | Paolo shoes.

Felicia in Black Perforated Napa

What motivated you to dive into the theme of women empowerment and making this your full-time craft?

Put simply, the world needs more confident women. When I was beginning my career in photography, I admit that I didn’t realize the responsibility that I held in my hands along with my camera. A photo shoot can have an incredible impact on a woman’s confidence….and a bad photo shoot can also cause hard-to-repair damage to a woman’s confidence. Over the years as I advanced my craft and honed-in on specializing in photographing women specifically, I realized that I had the power to positively impact a woman’s view of herself, therefore improving her confidence, therefore causing a ripple effect to everyone in her life. Once I recognized that power, there was no turning back. Photography is my way to impact the world through each and every woman whose path crosses my camera.

“Boudoir,” by definition, is a woman’s private dressing room or bedroom which can feel incredibly intimate. In what ways do you empower your clients who feel a little uncomfortable in front of the camera but want to break through their shell?

A boudoir photography experience…or ANY photography experience, really, is a very vulnerable place to be if you’re the subject. I’ve always put myself in my clients’ shoes and created an incredibly professional yet comfortable environment for my clients. It starts with plenty of communication and education of our process while the client is booking her session, followed by fully preparing her for the experience, and finally: a whole lot of encouragement and intuitive direction during the photo session.

Amanda in Perforated Suede

This black and white style is consistent through your work. Why is this monochromatic style important to you?

Many creative professionals, photographers in particular, struggle for years to hone in on their photographic style. I was no different…it took me nearly a decade to figure out who I was as an artist. The “A-HA!” moment came when I realized that my professional work should reflect my own personal style. And those who know me know that my life is pretty monochromatic!  I wear all black everything and I consider myself to be a practical minimalist. I appreciate the “undone” cool girl look that is relaxed, effortless, and confident…..and all of those elements are what I consider my photography to now be.

Erika in Black Napa

Fashion is also very empowering! And we feel, especially with shoes, that style can really enhance how we look and feel. What are 5 of your wardrobe essentials?

I operate on a capsule wardrobe policy— I am very practical and minimal when it comes to my closet. All of my clothing items are black (with the exception a few pieces of white and grey), and I choose to use shoes and handbags as my “excitement” factor which is why I love having lots of LINEA Paolo shoes.

My 5 wardrobe essentials are

  1. Long sleeved black bodysuit.
  2. Relaxed fit black trousers
  3. RINGS
  4. A giant leather black tote bag to carry all of my daily needs
  5. A comfortable and fashionable pair of shoes like LINEA Paolo’s
    wedge sneaker or platform sneaker.
(Left to right : KAIRA IN black tumbled leather, Amanda in rock perforated suede, Anna in black perforated nappa, Fleur in black nappa/print suede, ERIKA in black Nappa, Sevilla in wine/black snake print leather, Noreen in black nappa)

In this era of social media with filters and effects, photos can really skew how we see others and how we see ourselves. What can someone expect from doing a shoot with you?

Women can expect to have a comfortable experience that allows them to feel like the best version of themselves. They won’t look like a glamour-shot version of themselves that is heavily manipulated and plastered in makeup….they’ll see a confident looking woman on her best day, looking authentically her.  I pride myself in being very light-handed with retouching, removing only temporary blemishes and bruises with a very subtle skin smoothing technique. On my social media feeds you’ll see women of all types, including the occasional stretch mark and side-roll sighting. The more I introduce beautiful images of women’s typical self-perceived flaws, the more women start to view those things as art rather than something that needs to be retouched away or hidden. Women leave my studio feeling on top of the world, and that really is what it’s all about. Women can expect to have a comfortable experience that allows them to feel like the best version of themselves. They won’t look like a glamour-shot version of themselves that is heavily manipulated and plastered in makeup….they’ll see a confident looking woman on her best day, looking authentically her.  I pride myself in being very light-handed with retouching, removing only temporary blemishes and bruises with a very subtle skin smoothing technique. On my social media feeds you’ll see women of all types, including the occasional stretch mark and side-roll sighting. The more I introduce beautiful images of women’s typical self-perceived flaws, the more women start to view those things as art rather than something that needs to be retouched away or hidden. Women leave my studio feeling on top of the world, and that really is what it’s all about. Women can expect to have a comfortable experience that allows them to feel like the best version of themselves. They won’t look like a glamour-shot version of themselves that is heavily manipulated and plastered in makeup….they’ll see a confident looking woman on her best day, looking authentically her.  I pride myself in being very light-handed with retouching, removing only temporary blemishes and bruises with a very subtle skin smoothing technique. On my social media feeds you’ll see women of all types, including the occasional stretch mark and side-roll sighting. The more I introduce beautiful images of women’s typical self-perceived flaws, the more women start to view those things as art rather than something that needs to be retouched away or hidden. Women leave my studio feeling on top of the world, and that really is what it’s all about.

Who are 3 women that you aspire to shoot and why?

  1. Any woman who struggles finding things to love about herself.
  2. Any woman with beautiful energy.
  3. Zoe Isabella Kravitz…I can’t explain why…I just think that my work married with her coolness would be absolutely bananas!!!

You have worked on your craft constantly and consistently for years – what inspires you to keep going and keep creating?

I’m not done spreading confidence yet. 😉

In 2017, you were named the Boudoir Photographer of the Year! What do you hope to accomplish into 2020?

Every year has blessed me with accomplishments, incredible people, and fulfillment. 2019 was an incredible year of growth for me through and through. In 2020, I plan to release my first book that has been in the works for a few years!

Outside of your work, what are you passionate about?

My 2 boys and my husband….they’re the absolute best and they complete me. Beyond that, it’s travel. I love exploring, visiting new places, and documenting along the way.

Felicia in Black Perforated Nappa
Erika in Black Nappa

Let’s talk about your love of travel. What are your 5 favorite places to visit?

Lake Como Italy, White Sands National Monument New Mexico, Tuscany Italy, Tulum Mexico, Santorini Greece. I’m not even close to checking off all my travel boxes yet and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon!

Like many of our customers, you’re not only a leader in your professional arena, but also a wife and mom. Can you share some insights on how you maintain your work-life balance while also carving out some time for yourself?

I have accepted that work/life balance is a bogus concept in a way! Something is always going to get more of my attention, and something is always going to be getting the short end of the stick at times. I am most definitely a career woman, but I love to be active in my kids’ lives.  My husband and I make an incredible team and I’m so lucky to have him balance out my long work hours so I can enjoy the family’s company when I get home.  The biggest life hack I’ve encountered is to be insanely proactive about planning my days. I am incredibly productive while I’m at work, so that when I’m done, I’m DONE. That’s something a lot of business owners struggle to achieve but boundaries are profoundly important to a happy life.

And would you share with our readers something most people don’t know about you?

I don’t even know where my “phone” icon on my iPhone is. I hide it because I never use my phone to actually talk on. Anytime I need to place a phone call I have to do a search for the phone feature. It’s ridiculous but so, so me.

Kiara in Black Tumbled Leather


Find Kara on Instagram @theblondewanders | @karamariestudios | on the web at: http://karamariestudios.com

Thank you, Kara for collaborating with us!

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