Story By Scott Elpers - Photography By Kacy Meinecke
Spread out different shades of gray on the glass top table in her photography studio, and Kacy Meinecke can point out which one is gunmetal. She can tell if you’re wearing contacts, or if you feel comfortable wearing a suit. She can probably guess - in detail - what fabric your clothes are made out of, or even what cologne you wear.
“I’ve always had an eye for detail,” Meinecke said. “You have to in the business.”
It’s that attention to detail, and a fresh perspective, that has catapulted Meinecke into one of Wichita’s most sought-after photographers.
“Everyone in Wichita is very traditional when it comes to portraiture,” she said. “I’d like to break those barriers.”
Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably seen Meinecke’s work.
She’s been featured in national publications. In Wichita, you can find her work on store-front windows, in boardrooms and even on restaurant menus. Meinecke even staged her own photo for this very story, walking down Douglas Avenue in front of her downtown studio, the epicenter of her growing business.
She shot almost every cover of VIP Wichita Magazine and all of the fashion spreads. She works extensively with advertising agencies, nonprofit organizations and some of Wichita’s biggest corporations. Meinecke recently began to transition from weddings and family portraits to full time commercial and corporate work.
“It’s just as rewarding because I still have the opportunity to deliver great photos that people love. It’s just in a different atmosphere,” Meinecke said. “This is an ideal space for a young entrepreneur like myself.”
With her dedication to corporate work, Meinecke wants to rid Wichita of selfie headshots and second-rate business photography.
“If someone had a terrible headshot, and they’re the head of a company or the director of marketing, I feel like that reflects on the entire business,” Meinecke said. “Professionals need professional photography.”
Like her work, Meinecke is bold and colorful. Vivid streaks of blue and purple run through her hair and her arms are covered in colorful tattoos.
“I used to be really nervous about that. I’d wear a cardigan whenever I had to go to business meetings,” she said. “Then I realized that businesses are looking for something new and fresh like that. They’ve worked with the same boring people for years. I’m here to change that.”