Fate brought Leslie Pierson and Kate Byars together through Groupon. Kate offered a 101 photography class on Groupon, and Leslie happened to sign up (Leslie had never purchased anything on Groupon previously and never did again – it was meant to be!). Kate impressed Leslie immensely in her class, and Leslie was thrilled when she learned that Kate was a working photographer as well as teacher. Kate was soon taking bi-annual photos of Leslie’s family. Leslie filled her walls with Kate’s stunning work, and they became friends. Kate has seen more moods pass over Leslie’s kids than just about anyone! And Kate & Leslie shared a passion for entrepreneurship.
In the summer of 2018, Leslie reached out to Kate with an idea – what if they started a company together to help families manage, enhance and enjoy their own photos? Kate had started several successful businesses at this point and had even gone to coding school for a year. Kate immediately took to the idea as well, and they started brainstorming together. HelloPhotos was born!
A little about Kate & Leslie -
Kate is also the Founder of Kate Byars Photography (KPB). You learn more about her company and its beautiful creations on Instragram @katebyars. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Gavin.
Leslie previously co-founded MEMI, a wearable tech company that produced a silver bracelet that would notify women of important calls, texts and calendar alerts. MEMI let women put away their phones and focus on the present while not worrying about missing anything urgent. Leslie lives in Atlanta with her husband and three kids.