Meet Katie Perkes + Sadie Banks: Creatives, Photographers, and So Much More

First up, meet Katie Perkes! Katie and I are birthday buddies and cousins by marriage. (Guys, I inherited some of the greatest family when I got married and they’ve become such good friends too!) We love to hire Katie for our family pictures. She also did our bridals! And she often inspires our weekly meal planning when my husband and I both see her delicious meals on Instagram. haha 🙂
You can find Katie on Instagram at @katieperkes and @katieperkesphotography!

When you are in a creative funk, what do you do to reignite your creativity?

Get outside. There is something about fresh air, moving my body, and disconnecting that does wonders for my soul! I’m also often inspired by nature and light.

Why is creating important to you?

It’s a big part of who I am as a person. Being creative fulfills me in a way that nothing else can! I love the feeling of accomplishment from making something that I’m proud of.

Would you label yourself as “creative”? Have you always been a creative individual? How have you developed creativity?

I’ve loved creating things since I was a young girl. I had a big imagination and was constantly daydreaming and making big messes. 🙂 As a teenager, I found myself dabbling in photography and quickly fell in love. When I think of myself as a “creative”, photography is a huge piece of that! Through learning about light and capturing relationships and personalities, it’s helped my creativity flourish especially as I’ve learned to document my own life.

What is your favorite creative activity that someone might not expect?

I enjoy decorating my home and dreaming up room designs and furniture options! I also love to cook and create meals for my family.

Who do you follow on Instagram for creative inspiration?

Do you have any other thoughts on creativity that you’d like to add? Favorite quotes?

“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” I was created to create. We are all creators! Let go of expectations, be true to yourself, and make things that bring you joy!
Next, meet Sadie Banks! Sadie and I met through Instagram (which is the case for so many of my favorite people! haha) and have been friends ever since! I love designing for her and I love hiring her for pictures. She is creative in so many ways besides photography and I am always inspired by her.
You can find Sadie on Instagram at @sadie__banks and online at sadie-banks.com.

When you are in a creative funk, what do you do to reignite your creativity?

I do lots of different things because sometimes my creative bucket needs different things. Go outside. Take pictures of something for myself. Crochet. Visit friends/family. Listen to a podcast or audio course.

Why is creating important to you?

It helps me feel fulfilled. It gives me an outlet.

Would you label yourself as “creative”? Have you always been a creative individual?

No, I don’t think I would label myself as a “creative” because everyone is creative and the need to create is within all of us. I’ve always liked crafty things, but more than that, I’ve always enjoyed the entrepreneur and business side of the creative lifestyle.

What is your favorite creative activity that someone might not expect?

I really enjoy crocheting. I don’t do it often, but I always feel really happy when I do it.

Who do you follow on Instagram for creative inspiration?

I actually have a really hard time following really creative people on Instagram because I compare myself to them. So I don’t follow very many– only people I know in person who use different creative mediums than I do. But if I had to choose one, I’d pick Elsie Larsen (slash a beautiful mess).

What is your business/blog/hobby?

I am a photographer. But I also enjoy creating content for my own personal Instagram.

Do you have any other thoughts on creativity that you’d like to add? Favorite quotes?

Arts and crafts don’t equal creative. I think there are so many other ways to be creative other than arts. You can create in whatever vocation or life path you choose. The world needs innovative people who think of new ways to do things. That’s being creative too. Don’t discount your talents because you aren’t good at fine arts or crafts.

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