Editor’s Note: This story is the latest in an occasional series about young leaders and entrepreneurs trying to make a difference in Texarkana.

TEXARKANA, Texas — Molly Kendrick is a force to be reckoned with — both in and out of the studio and the arena.

From capturing precious moments as a professional photographer to competing in equestrian competitions, Kendrick gives his all in every aspect of his life.

As the owner of the downtown Golden Hour photography studio, Kendrick is used to sharing important aspects of people’s lives, with and without a camera. So it made perfect sense to her that the studio be shared with other photographers in the area.

“Bringing a shared studio to Texarkana has been a dream I’ve had for years. When I came across this gem of a building, I knew I had found the space I was manifesting. It started as something I was looking for myself as a freelance photographer, but when I saw how beautiful the space was, I just knew it had to be shared with other creatives,” he said. she declared.

Golden Hour rents seven rooms and access to a large hallway. The approximately 1,600 square foot studio offers plenty of elements to capture the perfect shots, with original hardwood floors, 12 foot ceilings throughout, large floor-to-ceiling cathedral-style windows, natural lighting abundant and exposed and weathered brick walls. All the professional equipment a photographer might need to shoot portraits is also available.

After pursuing professional photography from 2015 to 2017, Kendrick knew she needed the freedom and autonomy the job gave her.

“I wanted to get into photography when I finished college. I knew I wanted to be my own boss and I loved the freedom to run my own photography business,” she said. .

This flexibility is reflected in the way she runs her business, giving any photographer the flexibility to capture what’s on their mind, whether it’s family portraits, boudoir or lifestyle photography.

One unique moment Kendrick was able to share with a couple was a “very sweet marriage proposal.”

“The groom had walked in and wanted to make the cutest surprise proposal,” she said. “He came to see the space several times and we discussed what options would be best. Then I worked with another vendor he hired to have ‘Marry Me’ written in huge letters! was the sweetest thing. The whole family was too. So they were all waiting when she arrived.

Kendrick plans to create workshops in his studio to help other photographers improve their technique and run successful businesses.

She is also an equestrian and was vice president of the Texarkana Boots and Saddle Club. She is in her second year as a member of the Texarkana-based Red Dirt Riders equestrian drill team.

“We travel and play regional rodeos. I also started barrel racing and pole bending this year,” Kendrick said.

Recently, she was hired to start yoga teacher training for Texarkana Yoga, and when she’s not photographing, riding, or doing yoga, she works full-time at White Sign Company doing yoga. marketing and sales.

For Kendrick, following his passions wasn’t enough. She had to devote her life to succeeding in the interests she pursued.

“I think it’s really important for anyone who is striving for success to understand that the journey is not linear. There are a lot of failures that come with success,” she said.

Initially, Kendrick felt overwhelmed by the amount of work it would take to establish Golden Hour.

“It certainly costs you a lot to run a business, because you’re the one in all the positions. People think being a business owner means you make money, but it’s a lot of expense out there. advance and a lot of work to put in place,” she said.

Despite all the hard work and diligence that goes into being a business owner, Kendrick credits all the hours she’s invested in giving her more freedom in other areas of her life. And she has successfully created a career that she finds fulfilling.

“It’s kind of like watching your child grow up while you do your best to make sure they have everything they need. I’d own 100 businesses if I could.”

(For more information, visit goldenhourtxk.com.)

Molly Kendrick, owner of Golden Hour photography studio in downtown Texarkana, Texas, said her passion doesn’t stop with photography, but also extends to horseback riding and competitions. (Photo submitted by Brian Jones)
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