Local Photographer Learning to Balance Work, Family

Some people dread going to work each day, but not Kalyn Mastin. What once was a pastime is now her life’s work, and she couldn’t be happier about it.

“I’ve been taking photos forever, but at first it was just a hobby,” she says. “In 2014, I quit my HR job and decided this was what I wanted to do full time.”

Since becoming a full-time portrait and wedding photographer three years ago, Kalyn Shae Photography has taken off. She opened her Dallas studio—which she shares with other photographers—earlier this year and also became a photographer for Grapevine Lifestyle magazine.

Kalyn says the bulk of her work is wedding photography. As a destination wedding photographer, she has traveled throughout the United States and Mexico and said she would love to travel to more destinations.

She has become highly sought-after, booking some weddings up to two years in advance.

“I have really busy wedding seasons in the spring and fall,” she says. “I typically shoot 35 weddings a year.”

In addition to her business, which she says is like her baby, Kalyn has a 1-year-old daughter, Ella, and husband, Jake. She says the most challenging and rewarding part of her day is learning to maintain a balance between work and family.

“I really underestimated the amount of work being a mom and business owner was,” she says. “I wouldn’t change it for the world. But as a business owner, there are no set hours. I basically work all of the time. It’s been fun to learn and set boundaries for myself.”

She says despite the long hours, owning her own photography business has been extremely rewarding. The most gratifying part of her work is showing her clients their wedding photographs.

“I love seeing their reactions,” she says. “Wedding days are so hectic and so crazy; they’ve probably forgotten half of the moments that happened that day. Showing them and reminding them of the best day of their life—it’s extremely rewarding to be able to do that for somebody.”

For more information about Kalyn Shae Photography, visit KalynShae.com.